Hollywood Museum

Lonely Planet review

Museums on Hollywood Blvd generally fall into the tourist-trap category, but we quite like this slightly musty and convoluted temple to the stars, crammed with kitsch posters, costumes and rotating props. Hannibal Lecter’s original jail cell is in the basement and can even be rented for private parties. In fact, LAPD chief William Bratton has held two dinner parties there. Oh yes, but what did he serve?

The museum is housed inside the handsome 1914 art-deco Max Factor Building, where the make-up pioneer once worked his magic on Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. The make-up rooms, complete with custom lighting to complement the ladies’ complexion and hair color, are still located on the ground floor, along with a wall of Factor’s most glamorous clients and the 1965 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce once owned by Cary Grant.