The Hollywood museum is one of the coolest spots in LA to see movie memorabilia and is housed in the former Max Factor makeup headquarters. It’s located right next to the busiest tourist trap area so I don’t think a lot of locals have visited or they take out-of-towners to Universal Studios for movie magic instead.
The building itself is an Art Deco marvel and vintage glam. The bathrooms still have the old fixtures and green color popular during the 1940s. One of my favorite rooms is the freight elevator at the very back used to transport the batmobile, delorean, ghostbusters car, etc to the top floor. It has a disco ball lighting up the spot, has music pumped in and think I remember a movie projecting on one of the walls. Cool hidden spot to discover while walking through all the costumes and props on the first level. I also loved seeing all the black and white photos of different studios and stars in one of the back rooms too.
I like to visit around Halloween to get the most out of the spooky basement level Dungeon of Doom, an exhibit that celebrates your favorite scary movies. I do not have any favorite scary movies. Fun fact! The lower level of The Hollywood Museum was once a bowling alley and, during the Prohibition, a speakeasy.
Pics below from October 2021 when Back to the Future was featured.
Hollywood Museum info: http://thehollywoodmuseum.com/
Hours: Wednesday – Sundays 10am-5pm
1660 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA
$15 Adult entrance