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Los Angeles, California

The Dioramas and Animatronics of the Bhagavad-gita Museum

Get 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 us for a tour of the Bhagavad-gita Museum, located at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKC) of Los Angeles. In a private visit arranged especially for Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles, we'll explore the museum, temple, Ashram, and more as we learn all about the Hare Krishna religion and the history of this hidden cultural treasure.

The tour will begin with an introduction by the museum's director, Radha-Krishna Das. Then we will begin our journey through the museum complete with dioramas and animatronics. Capacity inside the museum is extremely limited. Because of space restrictions, we will enter in shifts. Afterward we will head next door where we'll experience the temple. There will be time for Q&A and then we'll walk the property around the temple to the residential section “The Ashram.” We will visit one of the six apartments owned and operated by the ISKC of L.A. and hear the history and significance of the Ashram.

During the time between tours, we recommend grabbing a snack next door at Govinda's "karma-free vegan and vegetarian dining" and exploring the gift shop. Everyone on the tour will receive a coupon for a discounted ($5) buffet.

This event takes place over Memorial Day weekend when the ISKC will be hosting their Srila Prabhupada’s Festival; the second largest event of the year, which is free and open to the public.  There will be activities throughout the day, including memorial narrations about Prabhupada, artistic performances, Rath Yatra- Festival of Chariot, Boat Festival, Guru Puja- worship of Guru and more, with lunch and dinner at 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM respectively, the dinner being a HUGE feast!  See last year’s schedule for an idea of what can be expected. (Scroll down to May 26-27 SRILA PRABHUPADA'S FESTIVAL.)

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.”


  • While the museum itself is otherwise accessible to the public by advance reservation, this event provides a unique experience to Atlas Obscura Society members.
  • 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+.
  • There is no food included in the ticket price; the coupon can be changed in for at $5 meal if you care to purchase one; it is usually $8.  
  • 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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