The Vault houses a rich collection of classic photographs from Hollywood, music, and sports history. Neil Leifer's photo of Muhammad Ali's KO victory over Sonny Liston appears beside Frank Worth's glamour shots of Marilyn Monroe, printed on archival paper handmade from Frank Sinatra's pocket lint. The Vault shares its collection with the public through periodic gallery exhibitions.
Teale Street plays host to handy hands with a 4,000-square-foot studio encompassing an expansive clay studio, a stone carving yard, and communal workspaces for professional artists and hobbyists alike. Clay-sculpture classes are open to sculptors of all experience levels, as Teale Street's bevy of experienced and accomplished artists serve as studio instructors, helping students hone the basics during intimate, three-hour gatherings. Amateur chiselers start with the fundamentals of traditional figure sculpture to help them become more comfortable with manipulation and instill a basic understanding of anatomy, proportion, structure, and how Abe Lincoln got to be so large and memorialized. Students are then free to mold their clay into an earthen likeness of their choosing, with all clay and tools provided.
There’s almost no way to prepare for what lies within the miniature halls of The Museum of Jurassic Technology. The museum’s stated mission is “the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic.” While intriguing, this doesn’t necessarily help to clarify matters. For further elucidation, you can turn to the New York Times, which describes the museum as a place where “some things are invented but seem true [and] others are true but seem invented." The museum’s collection is the definition of eclectic. It includes sculptures mounted on the head of a needle, early 20th-century machines that may or may not be magical, and a fossilized horn that purportedly grew from a woman's head. If that’s not enough to pique your interest, there’s a set of early 20th-century letters mysteriously sent to astronomers at the Mount Wilson Observatory and portraits of Russian cosmonaut dogs from the 1950s. BBC Travel appropriately describes this series of bizarre exhibits as something like a “collaboration between Dave Eggers and David Lynch."
When animals are rescued from dangerous living situations or seized from the hands of smugglers, STAR Eco Station provides second chances at peaceful lives. The facility offers a haven for more than 200 rescued animals and educates the public as an environmental science museum. During public tours, guides lead guests through exhibits of rescued exotic animals, such as parrots, pythons, and wildcats, while explaining the habits, history, and New Year's resolutions of each creature.
The recipient of multiple awards from media and government agencies, STAR Eco Station also provides educational outreach programs to more than 40 California school districts and works in concert with conservation organizations such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Paw Project, and Heal the Bay.