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A Historic Two-Fer: The Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building
All photos by Just Chasing Rabbits
If you're a movie buff and heading to Hollywood, you should definitely add The Hollywood Museum to your list. It's not just a collection of movie props and costumes. This place is located in a building that is part of Hollywood's history.
The Hollywood Museum is located inside the historic Max Factor building on Highland Avenue right in the heart of Hollywood itself. If you're thinking, "Max Factor? Like makeup?" YES! You're exactly right!
This is where all of the Hollywood greats would go to get their hair and makeup done. Everyone from Vivian Leigh to Judy Garland. Guys, this is where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde. It's where Lucille Ball became a redhead!
The inside of the Max Factor building just feels glamorous. This is one salon I could never afford to visit. There is a room dedicated to each hair color. I'll go ahead and admit that I had no idea there was a difference between a brunette and a brownette. Thank you, Max Factor, for educating me. I get it.
PHOTO: Marilyn Monroe's jewelry.
In the room for blondes were many items and clothes belonging to the one and only Marilyn Monroe. It was here that she dyed her hair blonde and became the Hollywood icon that we all recognize. I definitely don't think she had to change from Norma Jean to be beautiful, but you can't deny the importance of this event in the Hollywood world.
PHOTO: The makeup room for redheads.
The room for redheads held photos, items and costumes from Lucy herself, Lucille Ball. We browsed the collection that included a dress from “I Love Lucy,” Desi's bongos and even a pair of her eyeglasses, all while the "Vitameatavegamin" episode played in a loop on an antique television. One of Hollywood's most beautiful ladies, for sure!
PHOTO: The makeup room for brownettes.
Seeing the salon rooms set up the way they were 70 years ago was so amazing. Max Factor (yes, he was an actual person!) was a makeup genius that was trusted by Hollywood's leading ladies. He made many contributions to the makeup industry and built a cosmetics empire.
PHOTO: The makeup room for brunettes.
PHOTO: One of Lucille Ball's dresses from "I Love Lucy."
PHOTO: Lucille Ball's glasses and accessories.
The Hollywood Museum holds more than "10,000 show biz treasures" according to the official website.
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The basement holds all kinds of wonderfully horrible, creepy, scary items from some of Hollywood's best-known horror shows and films. Props from “The Addams Family,” costumes from “Sweeney Todd,” memorabilia from favorites like Elvira, Vincent Price, and Boris Karloff and even Hannibal Lecter's jail cell from “Silence of the Lambs” can all be found down in this awesome dungeon.
PHOTO: Props from "The Addams Family."
PHOTO: Hannibal Lecter's mask from "Silence of the Lambs."
The other levels hold so many iconic items, props and costumes that you could easily spend an entire day in this one building. We saw Jeannie's bottle from “I Dream of Jeannie,” Uncle Jed's hat from “The Beverly Hillbillies,” Pee Wee's bike from “Pee Wee's Big Adventure” and an entire exhibit on the LGBT influence on Hollywood (which is huge. Basically Hollywood wouldn't exist without them!).
PHOTO: Autographs from the cast of "Gone With the Wind."
PHOTO: Costumes from "Harry Potter."
PHOTO: Jed's hat from "The Beverly Hillbillies."
If you're a pop culture nerd or movie buff, The Hollywood Museum should definitely be on your list to visit! I've visited museums in historic post offices and train depots, but if you want to see iconic Hollywood memorabilia, definitely see it in a building where Hollywood legends like Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn went to feel glamorous!
This story originally appeared on the Just Chasing Rabbits blog.
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