Comfort Inn Near Hollywood Walk of Fame
7051 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 462-0905
Fax: (323) 465-6088
Arts & Museums
This 33,000 square foot museum celebrates Hollywood and the entertainment arts of film, television, radio, and new media. You'll see memorabilia, costumes, a Max Factor exhibit, a six minute multi-screen video on the evolution of film and television, and the original sets from Star Trek and Cheers.
The purpose of Hollywood Museum is to shed some lights, camera, and action on everything Hollywood. From biographies of famous actors to the specific techniques that make movies into blockbusters, the Hollywood Museum showcases the whole movie-making process from idea to finished product and everything in between. It's situated on five floors in the recently renovated Max Factor Building; come to find out how Hollywood became the entertainment Mecca it is today.
With more than 300 oddities on exhibit, from a statue of Marilyn Monroe made from shredded money to torture chamber devices, Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum is a curiosity and a record of all things strange. The original Ripley's in Orange County displays similar items, but the Hollywood version overlooking the Walk of Fame, is much larger, and therefore, much stranger. For example, a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex with a backwards-running clock in his mouth looms on the roof (his feet are inside the building), and a stuffed two-headed goat awaits guests inside. Although this is a fun museum, some of the exhibits might be too grotesque for younger children.
An informal and edgy exhibition space and meeting point for emerging artists, Circus Gallery might evade a fleeting glance, tucked away into a narrow brick alley just off Santa Monica and Lexington. Once discovered, however, it will impress newcomers by its sprawling premises and a large courtyard out back, where artists and guests mill about and rub elbows over beers and smokes. The gallery is usually well attended and a worthy venue to put on your itinerary whenever touring West Hollywood art openings on a Friday or Saturday night. Browse the art on the wall and hang with the artsy crowd in this very “local” upbeat joint. With the WeHo Gateway just down the block, you have a few shopping and dining options for book-ending your gallery forays. -Jamie Zum
Get your own little slice of Hollywood and catch a glimpse of your favorite stars in rare form - wax, that is. Here, with a showcase of over 100 stars, you'll be surrounded in all the glitz and glamour tinseltown has to offer. It takes approximately three months and a great deal of artistry to bring these talented actors to life. The Hollywood Wax Museum prides itself on the authenticity of its representations, and you're sure to notice it too! The museum is also alongside many other Hollywood attractions, like Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and accommodations like the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
For those intrigued by Guinness' best-selling book of records, Guinness World Record Museum is the place for you. Although the kitschy decor is consistent with some of its Hollywood Boulevard neighbors, this museum has been around longer than most and has accumulated more than enough odd information to amuse the trivia-inclined. Some of the displays include information on the fattest man ever, food-eating contests, Laika the cosmonaut and Michael Jackson. There is also a small theater showing a fascinating film about a record-breaking domino exhibition.
Tinlark is a strikingly fitting name for this spry and cute little gallery located in the lovely courtyard of the Crossroads of the World complex in Hollywood. Tinlark is one of Hollywood’s best-known galleries. Check the website to plan your visit to hit the place during one of the openings, held about once a month. Tinlark enjoys a roster of local resident artists, whose work often graces the walls. It also plays host to some traveling art exhibits of famous collectives. The openings are lively and upbeat. The snack spreads are quite generous while the wine selection, often sponsored by a local winemaker, is a pleasant surprise. It is not at all uncommon to see a gaggle of little kids running around the grounds, filling the place with a happy racket. - Kate Sobol
Owned and managed by the very eccentric photographer and filmmaker Rick Castro, the Antebellum Gallery is a quirky little space whose name means 'before war' in Latin. Rick organizes gatherings often in this salon like space, where like minded artists converge to discuss the finer nuances of performing and visual art. One must be warned however that this gallery is not for the prude; plenty of the themes and exhibits are kinky and erotic in nature, leaving nothing to the imagination.
Psychiatry: An Industry of Death is a unique museum in more than a few ways. As the name suggests, it is an Anti-Psychiatry organization that features various documents, video clippings and other such “evidence” against Psychiatry. The intent is to increase awareness about the medical specialty that encourages the use of addictive drugs in the name of therapy. Funded and managed by the Church of Scientology, the museum located in Hollywood is reportedly supported by many celebrities. Psychiatry: An Industry of Death is interesting, makes a few good arguments and gets you questioning a lot of things; another great thing about is that the admission free.
One of the finest collections of prints of rock 'n' roll legends you will ever encounter is housed right here in this smart little gallery, located on Sunset Boulevard. Positioned near a few galleries and bookstores on a well-trodden footpath, the place beckons you in for a casual visit. You may also choose to visit during one of the rowdy, crowded openings. One way or another, if you are a photography buff or a rock 'n' roll fan, the gallery is well worth a visit. Some of the shots are extremely rare and might not be available for public viewing anywhere else. Most of the prints are for sale and would make for a lavish, unforgettable present for someone special. But, you need not be a buyer to get a gander. The owners amiably welcome anyone for a leisurely browse of their fabulous treasures, regardless of your buying potential.
Since its inception around the time of the Civil War, this auction house has expanded both domestically and internationally. Truly among the elite of the fine art and antique dealing world, the main categories of its business include furniture & decorations, books & manuscripts, and estate auctions. Although many of the antiquities at this Sunset Boulevard location derive from Beverly Hills area estates, its origins are often European, particularly French or English. Bonhams & Butterfields runs a busy schedule of auctions, which focus on a single estate or types of products.
This is a great space that features rotating projects by artists from all over the world both known and unknown. There is no permanent collection; all of the installations are done specifically for the gallery. It is a nonprofit organization, and everything imaginable is exhibited from painting to film to performance pieces and more. Many of the installations are multimedia in nature. Artists that have shown here include Amy Adler and singer/songwriter/artist Joni Mitchell.