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New attraction is all about you: A look inside Hollywood’s Museum of Selfies

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A sea of emojis awaits at the Museum of Selfies, which opened recently on Hollywood Boulevard.
(Payam Tehranizadeh/The Museum of Selfies)

The Museum of Selfies that opened as a pop-up in Glendale in April has found a permanent home in Hollywood. Visitors can snap photos of themselves accepting an Oscar at the Dolby Theatre or sitting on a throne made of selfie sticks.

The offbeat Hollywood Boulevard attraction, across the street from the Guinness World Records Museum, hopes to draw locals and tourists eager for Insta-exceptional moments.

“We realized that tourists have an innate drive to go looking for an L.A. experience,” said co-creator Tommy Honton. “This is what they have in mind, something bright, creative, weird.”

And you could learn a thing about art and portraiture too. Large-scale versions of Michelangelo’s David, the Mona Lisa, “American Gothic” and others have been updated with cellphones in hand. Or you can immerse yourself in a pool of emojis.

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Snap a selfie with classic artworks, which have been modified with their own cellphone cameras.
(Payam Tehranizadeh/The Museum of Selfies)

Honton and Tair Mamedov, escape-room designers, hired artists to create these settings that put you inside a painting of Vincent van Gogh’s room, a life-sized version of one of his paintings, inside a bathroom where you’ll never see yourself in the mirror and on top of L.A.'s tallest building.

The museum is unapologetic about the pop-culture phenom on which it’s based. The argument could be made, as Honton does, that selfies date back 40,000 years to early human art.

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You can walk into Vincent van Gogh's painting of his bedroom in Arles, France, which has been re-created at the Museum of Selfies.
(Payam Tehranizadeh/The Museum of Selfies)

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Here’s what the website says: “Over a million selfies are uploaded to social media every day. Whether you think they’re the most amazing thing ever or the low point of human culture, selfies have a firmly-cemented place in our modern society, but also have roots going back to the most ancient and primal aspects of our species. That seems worthy of a museum, no?”

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More selfie backdrops, including the Mona Lisa, that have been adapted for the Museum of Selfies.
(Payam Tehranizadeh/The Museum of Selfies)

Timed tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for kids ages 5 to 12. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tours take 60 to 90 minutes, the website says, and, of course, you are encouraged to bring your selfie stick.

Info: The Museum of Selfies, 6757 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.

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