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    • I've walked by the Hollywood Museum countless times and never got to visit (most likely due to a combination of being so busy and their hours) - so when the opportunity arose to do a quick visit on my trip to LA recently, I jumped at the chance to go inside the historic Max Factor building near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland to see their incredible collections. Upon entering the Museum, one of the first things you see is an authentic pair of Dorothy's slippers from the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. There are only 5 authentic surviving pairs of Ruby Slippers left in the world, and each pair is estimated to be worth between $2 million and $3 million. As per Wikipedia: To create the ruby slippers, the shoes were dyed red, then burgundy sequined organza overlays were attached to each shoe's upper and heel. The film's early three-strip Technicolor process required the sequins to
      be darker than most red sequins found today; bright red sequins would have appeared orange on screen.

    • When you walk a few more steps into the Museum, you start to encounter Max Factor's iconic makeup rooms. There was a type of makeup room for multiple hair colors on actor and actress. The Blondes room is devoted to Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, history and artifacts.

    • There was a room for Blondes, Brownettes, Redheads and Brunettes. I'm pretty sure the below pictured was either the Brownettes room or the Redheads room - the green walls being meant to help neutralize and balance out the light to highlight and flatter each hair color's features.

    • Go up to the second floor and you start to see additional movie magic memorabilia, such as preserved costumes, posters, maquettes, props, designs, wigs and more from films throughout all of film history. Below you can see one of the 10 authentic legendary Pee-wee bicycles from Pee-wee's Big Adventure on display.

    • A personal favorite: the Batman 1966 exhibit, part of the Hollywood Museum's SUPERHERO LEGENDS collection! The original costumes and props from the show, many of which have not been seen since it originally broadcast from 1966-68, are a fun tour through the history of Gotham. As a huge fan of the original Adam West Batman, this was a must-see.

    • I had no idea this museum even existed. Definitely on my list of places to go when I am in the area.

      So wonderful to see these items preserved and displayed. Brings back a lot of great memories.

    • The interesting thing about the Batman TV series is how, in less than a decade, the comic book version took a grittier and darker tone. The light hearted campiness gone forever.

      Interestingly, the campiness was still there on television, albeit to a lesser degree, in the animated The All New Super Friends Hour.

      Anyone remember this other dynamic duo of the late 1970s? (Warning: You can’t “unwatch” this.)

    • Love it! Wonder Twins, activate!

      You can see an in-depth interview about the Batman 1966 exhibit at the Hollywood Museum presented by the Darknight Archivist at the link below :)