Los Angeles is the home of many breathtaking museums (The Getty and The Broad, to name just two), but there’s one museum above all that every single animal advocate must see when visiting the area: The Animal Museum.
There is nothing else like this museum in the world. Founding Director Carolyn Merino Mullin says it best, “Every other social justice cause—from civil rights to women’s suffrage to LGBTQ equality—has its own museum, but animal protection—prior to our founding—was nowhere represented on an institutional level. The Animal Museum fills this important niche by preserving and sharing our inspiring legacy of compassion for other animals through world-class exhibitions, a rare and growing collection, and one-of-a-kind public programming.”
Some of the past exhibits include “Uncooped: Deconstructing the Domesticated Chicken,” “Light in Dark Places: Anti-Vivisection from the Victorian Era to Modern Day” and “My Dog is My Home.” These exhibits are fascinating, enlightening and important. They make learning about animal issues a fun experience, and anyone who loves the critters of the world will find him/herself easily spending a few hours perusing the exhibits (I know I have). If you’d like to see for yourself, many of the past exhibits can be viewed on the museum’s website.
Since the museum is an entertaining experience, it’s also an excellent place for animal advocates to take friends who aren’t yet avid animal advocates. The atmosphere is inviting of everyone and the exhibit topics cover all kinds of issues—elephants, rabbits, cats and so on—that are sure to appeal to anyone with an inquisitive mind.
The original location of the museum in 2012 was in Hollywood, but December 3, 2016 marked the grand opening of their new location in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. As Mullin states, “[This area] is the global epicenter of arts and culture. We’re excited to bring animals into this mix and stimulate a thoughtful dialogue about animals in our society.”
By being located in such a premiere location alongside other established museums like The Broad and the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as The Staples Center and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, it legitimizes the importance of The Animal Museum as the noteworthy institution that it is.
There are also some great vegan restaurants in the area, if you’re looking for a bite to eat. I recommend Shojin, Ramen Hood and Localita & The Badasserie.
The Lowdown: A trip to L.A. is not complete without a trip to The Animal Museum. It’s a groundbreaking establishment that should be supported by vegans and anyone who loves animals, so make sure to check it out the next time you’re in town!
Photos courtesy of Lawrence Pierce