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Los Angeles, California

The Dioramas and Animatronics of the Bhagavad-gita Museum

Ready to experience Krishna's Transcendental Manifestations?

Combining an ancient method of clayworking with state-of-the-art electronics (circa 1977), this unique museum presents the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita through narration, movement, and visual effects. 

Join Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles for an exclusive tour of the Bhagavad-gita Museum, located at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness of Los Angeles. Guided by the museum's director, Radha-Krishna das, we'll explore the museum, the temple, and learn more about the history of this hidden cultural treasure.

NEW TOUR DATE ADDED: February 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Capacity inside the museum is extremely limited. Because of space restrictions, we will enter in shifts: 10:30, 10:45, and 11 am (each tour lasts 45 minutes). Afterwards, we'll gather at 12 pm for a 30 minute tour of the temple. For those with time between tours, we recommend grabbing a snack next door at Govinda's "karma-free vegan and vegetarian dining" (not included in ticket price) and exploring the gift-shop.

Continue exploring Culver City! If you've got time in your schedule, we highly recommend visiting two of our other favorite places, located right around the corner: The Museum of Jurassic Technology and Center for Land Use Interpretation.

Henry David Thoreau's reflections on the Bhagavad-gita: “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-gétä, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions.”


  • Meet in front of the Temple.
  • Street parking is available, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion. There is also a paid lot located nearby at 3844 Watseka Ave, Culver City, CA 90232.
  • Recommended for ages 13+
  • A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the temple. 
  • As with any sacred space, please be respectful of your surroundings.


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