Whether you love pizza or ice cream, makeup or even just selfies themselves, chances are Los Angeles has a pop-up museum for you. So it’s no surprise, no matter how controversial the subject matter, that online app Weedmaps has created a museum dedicated solely to — you guessed it — weed. Cannabis lovers rejoice, because these are the Instagram photo-ops you’ve been waiting for.
The Weedmaps Museum of Weed is an immersive experience designed to take guests through the history of cannabis via the locations and time periods most strongly associated with it. The museum’s website notes, “Here we celebrate the victories and shed light on the most damning moments throughout the last century.” The entire museum is 30,000 square feet and features seven exhibits, interactive art installations, and even a Plant Lab. If you get the munchies halfway through your visit, there’s also a full cafeteria and snack/coffee bar.
The museum starts off in the “Pre-Prohibition” exhibit, where you learn the roots and faraway history of marijuana. The room is filled with cannabis-inspired art pieces of many different cultures around the world. You then enter an exhibit titled “The Age of Madness,” where the story takes a darker turn. This part of the museum is intended to show visitors how “cannabis was used as a tool to fuel hysteria and racial tensions in the early 20th century.”
From here we move to the “Counterculture Revolution” and enter an exhibit filled with the visuals we typically associate with marijuana use. This 1960s anti-establishment movement rejected the misconceptions of the past and embraced cannabis as a symbol of freedom and love. Naturally, the room totes psychedelic paintings, doves to symbolize peace, and protest signs calling for acceptance, equal rights, and unity.
The next two exhibits take you through the War on Drugs, showing how specific communities were negatively affected by it. The museum illustrates the strict legal regulations and massively prevalent propaganda through compelling art pieces, including mannequins with televisions in place of heads dressed in everyday business attire.
The final exhibits touch on more recent advancements in the history of cannabis, including it’s medicinal usage, the general public’s slow acceptance of it, and its road to legalization. Each exhibit is designed to both provide a better understanding of the plant’s history and place in the world, as well as visually stimulate and entice visitors.
The museum only allows those who are 18 and older to visit, though it does offer discounts for students and military. Unfortunately, Weedmaps Museum of Weed is only open until October 27th, so buy your tickets and get those ‘grammable photos while you still can!