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March 2002

Museum of Jurassic technology

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This place in Los Angeles shows that museums don’t have to be irony-free zones, even in America. Here’s part of Ralf Rugoff’s description.

On entering its doors, visitors find themselves in a dimly lit maze of glass-and-wood vitrines that are reminiscent of an obscure 19th Century natural history museum, but for the fact that many displays feature state-of-the-art, viewer-activated technologies and multi-media dioramas. Their subjects embrace an equally uncertain terrain, ranging from oddities of natural history, like the display of a human horn, to unusual geological phenomena and antiquated technologies, such as the Boules of Conundrum, a device for fabricating man-made gems.

Many other people have been impressed see my selected webliography of the Museum of Jurassic technology.

Document purporting to be a 1688 portrait of Mary Davis of Saughall in Cheshire, who had a horn growing on the back of her head [from the Museum of Jurassic technology web site]

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