Pop music buzzes over the radio, but it is muffled by the stacks,cabinets, and shelves of beady little eyes looking at you from every corner. It is actually about 33,000 pairs of eyes, and they all belong to bunnies. The only place this could be normal is none other than The Bunny Museum.
When you first walk in, it is a bit overwhelming. A staircase towers over you with stuffed and giant figurine bunnies hanging on the railing or sitting on the steps. Even the locker key for my stuff is shaped like an egg, and upon opening it, is a tiny domed Easter scene.
Needless to say, floppy eared friends are certainly not in short supply here. I bypass the room on the right and go straight to what I assume is the main room. There are bunnies on top of bunnies, made of practically every materia. There is a bunny rocking chair that sits in a streak of sunlight, while more are enclosed behind glass cases, as if they may hop out at any moment.
Though at the time there were no live bunnies inside the museum, the multitudes of bunny oriented knick knacks are enough to make it feel lively, even if they were just made of wood or ceramics. One may feel emotions never brought out when gazing upon the bunny nativity scene, as they look peaceful in their farm stable and manger.
Turning the corner, a side room houses a holiday spirit of many kinds. Here is the room where plush bunnies are suited up for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Halloween (skeleton bunnies, anyone?), Fourth of July and of course, Easter. They sit upright or lay down on their designated shelves as they celebrate their furry festivities.
In all the glass cabinets, with all the figurines and statues and ornamental home goods, it is safe to say even Dr. Seuss himself could not think up a rhyme book clever enough to describe the bunnies at hand. Some are situated in little villages, a couple crouch “mid air” on their tiny skis and a few are caught in time as they go around on a little standstill carousel.
Though the main room and partial hallway that hosts a cabinet for the Nesquick bunny are enticing, it is the back room that catches my attention. Closing the door behind me, as to the orders of the owner, the music from the radio is gone, and I’m left with silence and hundreds more bunnies slouched on metal stands.
It is here that the sorting is creatively keen. The back wall is sorted by color, with groups of bunnies that are green, blue, pink and white. A section on the side is specifically for bunny slippers, and across, a shelf for bunny themed pillows in nature scenes. And of course, in the back, is a shrine of sorts to the most famous of all, Bugs Bunny.
I almost leave, looking at the other mounds of plush characters donning bunny suits and ears, before I turn around and am met with the most realistic critters of the day. It was the taxidermied bunnies, the little ones of the owner who had passed on. They look off in the distance, and their fur seems full of breath. I look away, for that is not an area many can handle.
Before leaving this interesting back room, I spy another little hallway with a door on the right. The door has glass and looking through it, is a quaint bedroom with bunny toys strewn on the floor and a day-bed that is like something out of a dollhouse, as is the entirety of the adorable room.
The wall in the hallway has extra surprises for those who see it. Among them is a couple of posters that stand out. One is a collage of various bunnies and their breed, and the other, as said by the owner Candace Frazee, is a vintage 1960’s diagram of bunny parts, reading in French. Plastered next to these are loving photos of Frazee and her husband, cuddling their very own bunnies.
Back towards the entrance where the radio is blasting, and I’ve reached the bunny kitchen. The works including: a fridge, a stove and oven and a counter covered with bunny themed treats and snacks.
I give the owner back the key and chit chat with her for a few minutes, where I learn that this all started because her and her husband called each other “honey bunny.” I leave with a smile.
The Bunny Museum, though not for those who like to stick to the average and “normal,” is somewhere that challenges what you thought you knew about museums and your love for bunnies in general. You may even find yourself stumbling upon a bunny item at a store and think, “that would look great at the Bunny Museum.” With it’s new, larger location and grand re-opening in Altadena, the museum greets spring with more than enough to offer guests, and an experience described as the “hoppiest place on Earth.”
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