The Most Unique Museum in California: the Martial Arts History Museum
LOS ANGELES, CA — Quickly climbing the charts of museum listings and interesting places to visit in California is the Martial Arts History Museum. Designed by artists from Walt Disney, Dreamworks and The Simpsons, the museum is colorful, exciting and filled with imagination.
The Martial Arts History Museum is not a place about fighting or a who’s who of the martial arts, rather, it is a cultural facility focusing on the history, art and culture of Asia and the impact it made and continues to make on America.
Constructed as a timeline, the artifacts include Japanese Samurai, Chinese Lions, Filipino knifes, Korean fans, Samurai swords and a blend of props from martial arts movies. One of more interesting aspects of the museum are its timelines. Tracing the arts from its first steps on American soil and all the way to today’s Kung Fu Panda.
The Museum has a way of bringing back memories of such silent stars as Anna May Wong, to James Cagney, to Billy Jack, to Bruce Lee as well as Jackie Chan. However, it does also celebrate the youth era with such features as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Samurai Jack, the Ninja Turtles and more.
The Museum was designed to accommodate the whole family. With large photos, bigger-sized captions, modern style design and a maze-like style, even the youngest child will find it hard to get bored.
To provide a more fun and yet educational aspect of the arts, the Museum offers young children scavenger hunts that will engage them interactively.
“We’ve taken the kids from school on a variety of field trips to different museums, but this is the only one that it had their complete attention,” notes a district teacher.
The Martial Arts History Museum is also an excellent place for father’s taking their kids on a little trip in which both of them can enjoy. “Many families that are divided into visitations or different living arrangements find that the museum is a great place in which fathers can bond more with their kids and it helps open the doors of communication,” notes museum president Michael Matsuda. “We get a lot of people that visit but don’t seem to communicate, but once they see all the great stuff and the father helps their son find all the things on the scavenger hunt, it breaks that barrier a little.”
The Martial Arts History Museum is extremely affordable, only $8 for adults and $4 for kids 6-12 years old. Although not a huge structure, it still takes 40 minutes to grasp everything. Filled with video displays, fun clips and disney-style design, it makes for a fun and affordable time.
In addition to the displays, the facility hosts a variety of workshops, events, seminars and more every month.
The museum is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506. Phone is (818) 478-1722 and their website is MAmuseum.com. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and hopes to encourage those interested in culture, the arts and history to make a donation to the museum.