BONUS March: Los Angeles, CA (Making up for end of trip in January)
To make up for my dog howling at the museum parking lot in January, after hitting Palm Springs, my mom and I decided to end our trip back in Los Angeles. I had read up on a few of the museums and was most interested in making it to the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Upon arrival, we easily found a parking lot, but once out, did not so easily find the entrance to the museum itself. I honestly still couldn't explain how to get there, so my advice to you is to ask for directions like 5 times on your way there... Finally we found the entrance and got our tickets. During this time, I was interning for a museum in San Francisco so I was able to earn free admission, but it cost my mom $15. I did some research on tickets and students also can get a discount though ($12 instead of $15). I always try to remember to ask for student discounts, often enough it works in my favor! To get to the actual information about the museum, it has to be the most interesting as well as informative museum I have ever been to. I completely immersed myself in the information, fossils and facts being thrown at me and just enjoyed every part of it. When my mom and I first entered the museum we were approached by a tour guide with a large Sabertooth head/tooth replica in her hand. She taught us all about how these animals survived, why their bodies were built the way they were and then even began to tour us around the the rest of display cases nearby. I found the most interesting part of the experience was the history about the Tar Pits... It was never something I had heard about for or even had been taught in school so it was a whole new lesson for myself. The back of the museum has labs where they are digging what basically looks like dirt for microscopic bones, teeth, or anything that may be important to the museum and it's findings. At the end of our self-guided tour around the actual museum, there were options to tour the grounds and find out more about the research, findings and history of the museum but we felt as though we saw enough of the grounds (due to our confusion in the beginning) and learned tons already from the museum helpers. Right after we received our tickets we were prompted to stand in front of a green screen and pose in different ways... When about to exit one can look at the photos taken of themselves and come to find out purchase a whole fun activity booklet and "scrapbook" with all 5 or 6 pictures (and digital downloads) included for only about $30. From personal experience when you visit a place of this sort, pictures end up being much more than $30 and never include a fun book to keep as a memory! Highly recommend!
Next we wandered over to the Craft and Folk Art Museum. My mother and I are really into country, western, folk art and sculptures and is definitely a theme in our household for decorations. We expected this museum to reflect our liking and thought we might find new inspiration inside. What we found out is that this what not at all what we expected and we weren't going to spend more than 10 minutes in here. This museum is full of whimsical, modern art, that only a true artist or someone with a wild imagination could appreciate. I remember one of the pieces looked like a pile of mud... Personally, I can't find the significance or beauty in that and definitely wouldn't describe that as folk or even crafty. Coming from someone who really enjoys museums and even art museums, I was disappointed in what came of this one. I would not recommend this museum... Next time I am in this museum-central area of LA, I am going to check out their art museum and see if it is worth your time and money!
As always, thanks for reading and hopefully I can make your trip a bit smoother!