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Culver City, California

Obscura Day 2016: The Wende Museum - Hot Topics on the Cold War

Located in an inconspicuous business center in Culver City, The Wende Museum is one of the world's largest collections of Cold War-era ephemera, paraphernalia, artifacts, and archives.

Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon as we tour this amazing collection and learn about the history of the Soviet Bloc. Chief Curator Joes Segal will lead us through the permanent collection, upstairs gallery, the new exhibit entitled “Artistic Interpretations of the Cold War” and The Museum's vault, which is usually closed to the public, for an exclusive look at additional Cold War artifacts.

Currently, The Wende Museum houses nearly 75,000 items including consumer products, media (including thousands of documentaries and educational films from the era), sanctioned government paintings, and surveillance equipment (e.g., a camera hidden in a pen, fake passports, and crude satellites). The Museum also holds a collection of more than 21,000 books and periodicals published in both East Germany and the Soviet Union on a diverse range of subjects.

In 2009, The Wende Museum acquired ten large segments of the Berlin Wall. Currently standing on Wilshire Blvd, it is the largest stretch of the original wall outside of Germany.

The Museum is normally only open on weekdays by appointment, so quit Stalin and get your ticket already!

Notes for this adventure:

- Family-friendly! All ages welcome.
- Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for at least one hour of standing and walking at the museum.
- Bring your cameras and share your photos with us!
- Free parking in the lot (look for spots labeled Wende) or on the adjacent streets.

Advance tickets only. All sales are final.

Spend the day with us! Browse the LA Schedule to plan your day.

After a full day of exploring, join us for an after-party at Valley Relics w/ DJ Mukta Mohan & Magician Siegfried Tieber! Celebrate adventure with your fellow explorers, surrounded by retro signage and other modern commercial antiquities.

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