Housed in the 1935 Art Deco, pink-and-green marble Max Factor Building, this former museum of make-up (which has been partially preserved here) now hosts the largest collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. In addition to movie props, sets and costumes, the archives here include over 1,000 vintage photographs from Tinseltown history.
Arranged chronologically from the silent film era to modern entertainment production, temporary exhibits have included career retrospectives of stars like Lucille Ball and Michael Jackson, and permanent exhibits include an entire floor of horror-themed set pieces and props from frightening movies like Silence of the Lambs and Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as gory TV shows like Dexter and The Walking Dead. One of the museum's most prestigious features is a large, permanent exhibition of historian-authenticated Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.
Located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland mall complex (where parking is available), the museum includes a comprehensive library, a screening room, and a souvenir-ready gift shop. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, docent-led tours are available for groups of 12 or more.