Day Trippin' :: Heritage Square Museum

Our lovely family friend Cheryl, who I should really just call Auntie, came into town the weekend before Halloween for her annual visit. We had some free fun time Sunday and decided to go somewhere none of us had been before, the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. Have you guys heard of this place? It’s basically where they’ve sent rescued Victorian buildings that would otherwise have been torn down to live out their days. It sounded like something right up my history-lover’s alley, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite as awesome as I’d hoped.

They had special Halloween-themed events going all weekend, and there were docents in many of the buildings explaining Victorian era mourning rituals, special displays, mock funerals, etc. It was great! But a few of the buildings were bare bones inside, you couldn’t go upstairs in any of them, and the church was still closed off entirely. So while I support any organization that is dedicated to preserving history, it honestly left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I know it’s a matter of fundraising, but they just built a new (replica) drugstore, so…

Of course we managed to still have a great time together, and that’s one more place in LA checked off my list!

They didn’t allow photography inside at all (lame), so I focused on the details outside…

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Do you think maybe my expectations were just too high? Or have you been somewhere that kinda disappointed you too? After having been there, I get the feeling they leave a lot of it empty because of how often it serves as a set for film and TV, but I'd rather go see a fully furnished/restored home like the Kellogg House or Marston House any day.

xoxo