Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slow-mo sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today's Groupon: for $7, you get admission to The Hollywood Museum (up to a $15 value) in Hollywood.
The Hollywood Museum quells cravings for movie and television memorabilia with 10,000 real showbiz treasures and more than 1,000 vintage photographs spread across 35,000 square feet of exhibit space. Admission gives eager cinematic devotees a self-guided tour through the historic Max Factor Building, where four floors of today's and yesteryear's motion-picture artifacts render time travel and Kazaam wishes completely unnecessary. As film fanatics saunter into the lobby, they will find the restored make-up rooms where Max Factor once worked his makeup magic, transforming celebrity faces into film-worthy façades and stage-worthy rabbits. Further along, silver-screen buffs will delight in setting eyes upon Cary Grant's Rolls Royce, boxing gloves from Rocky signed by Sylvester Stallone, a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, Pee Wee Herman's original red beach cruiser from Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Desi Arnaz's conga drum and many of Lucille Ball's dresses and glasses, huge selections of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley memorabilia, and much more.
Movie maniacs can stroll along the red carpet on the second and third floor, gazing into glass cases of glamorous dresses, famous cinematic outfits, and clones of famous actresses, before descending into the basement, chock full of horror-movie mementos, including Hannibal Lecter's jail cell from Silence of the Lambs. The museum also includes a wide variety of costumes from television shows including Glee and Dancing With The Stars and movies such as High School Musical and Twilight, as well as an award season exhibit with costumes from Burlesque, Social Network, and 127 Hours. After an afternoon of relaying quotes and reenacting favorite feature films, stroll over to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located just steps away, and celebrate celebrity status by playing jacks over Marlon Brando's star.
- The Hollywood Museum has an impressive collection of old Hollywood memorabilia. The building itself is also very interesting -- it used to be the Max Factor makeup building. – VC1850, TripAdvisor
- OMG, this place is a must for any movie fan. It's cool to see all the movie props and costumes from the movies of both the past and present. – Grace T., Yelp, 05/05/08
The Hollywood Museum
Moving picture began by depicting a horse running at full gallop, and has now evolved into visually stimulating films like Star Wars, Star Trek, and Planet of the Apes, which can all be seen at The Hollywood Museum. Visitors meander through a 35,000-square-foot, four-floor maze of more than 10,000 authentic movie props, costumes, and memorabilia. Previously a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the subterranean floor beckons patrons down Hannibal Lecter's The Silence of the Lambs jail corridor into the full cell used in the film, storing spine-tingling treasures such as his muzzling mask. First-floor doors open into Max Factor's restored makeup rooms, which border Cary Grant's Rolls-Royce and The Wizard of Oz's ruby slippers, which tempt visitors to slip them on and teleport to Kansas. Costumes, props, awards, and photos crowd the upper two floors, where Sylvester Stallone's Razzie for Worst Actor of the Century finds a home next to threads that once hugged Marilyn Monroe's legendary curves. In the past, rotating exhibits have showcased such items as a script and autographed poster from Slumdog Millionaire, duds modeled by the quick-stepping cast of High School Musical 3, and rows of awards for TV shows and particularly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious spelling-bee performances.