Go Metro Weekends, explore weird, wacky L.A. in honor of Obscura Day

Atlas Obscura is Slate magazine’s collaborative blog devoted to the strange, fascinating, little-known wonders of our world. This Saturday, May 30, the blog is hosting Obscura Day 2015, a global event of more than 150 happenings in 39 states and 25 countries, celebrating the globe’s most curious and awe-inspiring places.

Many of Los Angeles’ own “unique” institutions are participating, with special hours, programs, discounts and more in honor of Obscura Day. The full list runs the gamut from the Bunny Museum in Altadena to the abandoned Rancho Los Amigos hospital in Downey. But of course, we’re most interested in the destinations you can easily Go Metro to, including:

Please note, all of the above events (with the exception of the party in the park) require advanced tickets to participate, so if you’re interested, be sure to reserve your spot ASAP!

Not intrigued by any of the Obscura Day sites? Here are a few more transit-accessible destinations in the same funky vein. (BTW, additions are more than welcome in the comments section!)

  •  Gold Bug: 22 East Union Street, Pasadena. This cabinet-of-wonders style retail store is great for window shopping. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station.)
  • Watts Towers and Arts Center: 1761-1765 East 107th Street, Watts. Italian immigrant Sam Rodia spent years constructing the “dream-like complex of openwork towers… encrusted with sparkling mosaic,” which he called Nuestro Pueblo. (Metro Blue Line to 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station.)
  • Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum: 6933 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood. Because wax statues are the creepiest… and you can save 25% on admission with valid TAP card! (Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station.)
  • Museum of Jurassic Technology: 9341 Venice Boulevard, Culver City. The ultimate weird and wonderful Los Angeles treasure. You have to see it to believe it (or not), and even then, you can’t describe it. Yes, I realize that’s as cryptic as it sounds… (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station.)

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention these additional events happening near Metro this weekend. They may not fall into the “wacky” category, but they’re definitely just as fun:

Some handy links to help you navigate our system:

Now go have an adventure everyone! And for those of you who take our buses and trains to do so–we appreciate you Going Metro.

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  1. The Watts Towers, constructed by Angeleno Simon Rodia, is the finest art work in all Los Angeles! Eat your paint brushes Getty, MOCA and LACMA!