Guide to the Museum of Selfies
December 17, 2018
Love them or hate them, selfies are an integral part of our modern culture. There’s more to this phenomenon than meets than eye, however, and the Museum of Selfies is on a mission to educate the Los Angeles area about the unique, artistic origin behind the fascination of photographing ourselves. From the apartments for rent in Glendale, CA, you can easily plan a day trip to this bizarre yet captivating museum.
What Is the Museum of Selfies?
This museum in Los Angeles is dedicated, as you might imagine, to the selfie. It might seem as though the act of taking selfies is relatively new, growing in tandem with the rise of social media and smart phones. However, many are surprised to learn that simply isn’t the case. The museum dedicates itself to this artform, tracing its roots back hundreds of years.
It is the museum’s purpose is to observe the selfie’s place in society. With over one million of these images uploaded to social media each day, it’s safe to say that the phenomenon has earned its spot amongst cultures around the world.
While the term “selfie” is new to the 2010 decade, the subject matter of this form of photography has been common for hundreds of years. Oxford Dictionary named the word selfie as Word of the Year in 2013, describing it as a photograph someone takes of themselves. Although the term in new, humankind has always experimented with taking its own photograph since the dawn of photography.
In the days of silver plates and mercury vapor cameras, 1839 to be exact, a man by the name of Robert Cornelius successfully produced a photograph of himself in Philadelphia, PA (reportedly the first photograph ever taken). It wasn’t until 1914 that taking one’s own picture become a cultural phenomenon, with Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia being the first teenager to take her photo in front of a mirror to send to a friend.
People began holding their cameras at arm’s length in the 1920’s, starting with photographers working at Byron Company. As technology advanced, so did innovations to existing camera technology. Self-timers in 1880’s made it easier to take self-portraits, Kodak portable box cameras in the 1900’s helped the “selfie” become something anyone could do, and the lighter Polaroid models of the 1970’s offered instant results.
In 2003, the Sony Ericsson Z1010 mobile phone became the first of its kind to feature a front facing camera. Since then, the phenomenon has reached new heights with ever-advancing social media sites and even the selfie-stick. While the selfie’s validity as an artform is still up for debate in the public eye, there’s no denying that people around the world have always been fascinated with taking their own picture to share with others.
What to Expect
The Museum of Selfies features unique interactive exhibits, allowing you to become a selfie artist. You can snap a picture as you dangle from a set-like recreation of the tallest building in Los Angeles, create mind-puzzling optical illusions in mystifyingly designed rooms, or take your photo next recreations of historic sculptures and paintings.
Upon entering, you have the opportunity to take some of the most unique selfies possible, ones that simple aren’t possible for most individuals in their day to day lives. The museum also features digital screens that display interesting selfies, selfie facts, and other information surrounding the phenomenon. After you’ve taken your fill of photos, head into the gift shop where you can fin Museum of Selfies merchandise to commemorate your visit.
Location, Hours, and Pricing
The Museum of Selfies is located on 6757 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. You can get direction via Google maps right on their website, just follow this link. Hours range from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, with the museum staying open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
The cost of admission is $25 per ticket. Children ages six through twelve receive a five dollar discount, while any child five and under can enter for free. Tickets feature an arrival window, helping to improve the flow of visitors. There is no re-entry, and all ticket sales are final. The museum recommends that visitors park on Hollywood and Highland during their trip.
While planning your visit, take a look at these tidbits of information. They might help you answer a few questions.
- The entire museum is wheelchair/ADA accessible.
- Remember, there’s no re-entry. You can stay until close if you like, just don’t leave the building.
- The final entry window is 30 minutes before closing time.
- Thanks to entry window tickets, there is rarely a line.
- All in all, it takes about an hour to 90 minutes to view everything in the museum.
- Make sure to bring either your phone or a camera to take pictures with.
- Selfie sticks are allowed.
- No food or drinks are permitted inside the building.
For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The staff is more than happy to answer any questions. You can also subscribe for updates via email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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