If you’re in Pasadena and you want to see an Andy Warhol painting, you go to the Norton Simon Museum. If you want to see Gainsborough's The Blue Boy, you visit the Huntington Library. But if you want to see the world’s largest collection of bunny memorabilia, you definitely want to visit the Bunny Museum. However on Field Trip Day, the Bunny Museum is going to visit you!
For Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski, their love for bunnies is a constant reminder of their love for one another. So what innocently began as an occasional bunny-related gift exchange between two partners, eventually led to a collection of over 26,00 bunny items.
From floppy ears to cottontails, Candace and Steve have been celebrating their love for bunnies -- and each other -- by exchanging bunny gifts every day since 1993. The private collection is on display in their Pasadena, California residence, which doubles as the museum and appropriately features bunny-themed lawn decor, light fixtures, and furniture.
To get a sense of how far they have lapped their nearest competitor, the Guiness Book of World Records certified them as the biggest bunny repository back in 1999, when they had 8,437 pieces – less than a third of what they have now. The Bunny Museum also includes an extensive bunny-related puzzle collection, eight large-scale Rose Parade floats, and live, litter-box trained pets who roam about the house. Though a number of the pet bunnies have passed away over the years, three have undergone freeze drying, to date, and are immortalized in a glass display in the dining room. More are in the process of preservation.
The "hoppy" couple have future plans to move the museum to a space "ten times" larger, and, to honor their everlasting love, refuse to sell or split the collection in the event of their death. Their museum (and home) is free and open to the public, but by reservation only. Open Houses are every holiday when no appointment is necessary. Guests are encouraged to bring fresh vegetables for the pets, though -- ironically enough -- carrots are not accepted, yet, only because every visitor used to bring only carrots...you know, like Bugs Bunny's favorite. Real bunnies need a variety of fruits and vegetables ( It was recommended to bring spinach, parsley, or kale). Who knew bunnies love bananas?