Inside the plain, modest, white building is a treasure trove of beauty! Parking is conveniently located across the street & is free. The first floor is occupied by the Gallery of Amazing Things, a high-end banquet hall, which is free to enter. Some rooms in the cavernous hall feature fossils, richly polished slabs of wood, a gorgeous $120,000 fairy chandelier, a table and huge mirror covered in shells (over $40,000) and an entire room of bugs artistically displayed in frames. There is a video showing how the decorative slabs of wood are made. We were told that all the items on display were for sale.
Upstairs is the Museum of Decorative Arts, which cost $10. Discounts are offered for those with student IDs, military and seniors. It's quite a large area filled with ceramic art and glass including Wedgwood, Lladro, Royal Doulton, Lalique and Chihuly. The current exhibitions include elegant china tea sets and Carnival. There is a video from Hollywood Hot Glass showing how items are made. Each section has information on the creation of the items.
We spent between 60-90 minutes.
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