Did you know the “Hoppiest Place on Earth” is now in Altadena? The Bunny Museum is home to 35,488 bunny objects and counting – you know how bunnies multiply! The charming museum is celebrating its 20thyear, and has garnered scores of awards and accolades including the Guinness World Record in 2011, The World’s Quirkiest Museum in 2010, and “Place Puts The ‘Um…’ in Museum” in 2017.
The Bunny Museum began in 1993 with a plush bunny “given by a boy to a girl because she called him her Honey Bunny.” The boy, Steve Lubanski, and the girl, Candace Frazee, continued to gift each other bunnies of all kinds as tokens of their love after they were married. By 1998 their collection numbered in the thousands! The couple established the Bunny Museum in their Pasadena home, opening it to the public by appointment. The ever-enthusiastic Huell Howser expressed his astonishment at their vast collection when he featured the Bunny Museum on “Visiting with Huell Howser” in 2007.
In 2017, The Bunny Museum moved to its current home in an airy former art museum on Lake Avenue in Altadena. Its displays tell the history of bunnies in advertising, art, entertainment, fashion, film and everyday vernacular. The museum’s collection includes bunny-based figurines, art, toys, antiques, kitchen items, and even live Flemish Giant bunnies. There are nine bunnies from Rose Parade floats, and an age 13+ “Chamber of Hop Horrors” displaying examples of bunny abuses such as rabbit’s feet keychains and bunnies in horror films.
If you’re looking for a fun and novel place to visit, hop on over to The Bunny Museum, 2605 Lake Avenue, Altadena CA 91001, (626) 798-8848.
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