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Explore the unusual at the Galt this Saturday

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If you enjoyed The Galt Museum’s new exhibit ‘ Treasures and Curiosities, looked at  things like the old police robot and wondered what other weird, unusual and bizarre items they have in their collection, they are offering a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes this Saturday, March 20.Nicole Hembroff examines a few unusual items in the Galt Museum Collection. Photo by Richard Amery
 The museum is taking part in Obscura Day, an  international celebration of wonderous, curious and esoteric places.
“Atlas Obscura has picked March 20 as  the day for people around the world to visit  esoteric  places in their own community,” enthused Anine Vonkeman, Galt Museum  marketing and communications  officer.
“While the Galt isn’t obscure, we do have a lot of artifacts  which are pretty obscure,” she said.
The Atlas Obscura  ( is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist.

Saturday’s program, which begins at 11 a.m., includes a special tour of the exhibit as well as a behind the scenes experience in the collections vaults.
Just  a cursory look at the collection behind the locked doors reveals a player piano, a training missile, assorted farm implements, a good collection of rare clothing, numerous pieces of art and a couple of items which are sure to have great stories behind them.
Those interested must  register in advance online at or as there are only 20 spots available. Registrants are asked to print off a confirmation slip which they will need to  bring to the Galt  for the 11 a.m. tour.
“They’ll  get to see artifacts that are pretty obscure that people don’t often get to see. We’ve offered behind the scenes tours before, but this is the first obscura day,” Vonkeman said adding this particular tour focuses on the more unusual items in the collection.
 It is recommended for everyone over the age of 7. The tour for those 20 people is included with regular admission ( $12 per family, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for age 7-17 and free for museum pass holders.
if you miss this tour, the next behind the scenes tours are May 1 at 1:30  and 3 p.m.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor

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