Divas, I know when we go deep into our closets in search of our favorite pieces, we never really expect to find hidden worlds. Today you won’t need to stumble into a rabbit hole to find a wonderland–we will take you there! So slip into your new favorite Birds of a Feather piece, accessorize, and stare deep into the looking glass: things are about to get curiouser and curiouser. Get ready to believe at least six impossible things after breakfast (always start an adventure off with a good breakfast!) when you take your wonderland style on a tour of these strange and mysterious locations.
The Pharmacy Museum
New Orleans, LA
The location of our Birds of a Feather photo shoot is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in New Orleans’ Vieux Carre Historic District, The Pharmacy Museum is full of wonders and oddities. Open Tuesday to Saturday, this museum is an oasis of heavy wooden cabinets showcasing its extensive collection of antique medicines. Stop by to study up on tinctures, marvel at invention, and learn and the rich history of pharmacy and healthcare in Louisiana.
514 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm
Guided tours at 1 pm Tuesday to Friday
$5.00/adults, $4.00/students & seniors, & Free/children under six
Tiny Doors ATL
If you’re wandering the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, pay close attention: you might encounter a small surprise! Spread across Atlanta, these curiously bitty doors will make you feel like Alice after eating a certain enchanted snack! These tiny doors are part of a constantly evolving, interactive art project. Free to visit and accessible to people of all ages, these lovingly crafted installations are a whimsical way to celebrate the streetscape of this bustling metropolis. You could walk past these mini doorways for months and never see them! Pay attention, divas: things are not always what they seem…
All around Atlanta
Abita Mystery House
Abita Springs, LA
Also known as the UCM Museum, the Mystery House is a roadside attraction featuring a folk art environment with thousands of found objects and strange homemade inventions. Inside what seems to be an abandoned gas station you’ll find an animated display of a tiny Southern town, antique penny slot machines, taxidermy, memorabilia, and “pure junk.” Check out the Gatorlope, the Bassigator, “Darrel,” and other strange creatures when you come to learn about, shall we say, the alternative zoology featured in this museum. The courtyard even houses an airstream trailer caught in a collision with a UFO.
22275 Hwy 36
Abita Springs, LA 70420
Open 10-5 daily
New Orleans Tattoo Museum & Studio
New Orleans, LA
A one-of-a-kind experience for lovers of all things retro and alternative, the New Orleans Tattoo Museum & Studio was founded to preserve and promote the history of tattooing in New Orleans through research and education. Through creative documentation that builds knowledge and appreciation, this museum archives tattooing traditions from all over the world. Stop in to have a look around–we guarantee sightings of swallows, pin-up girls, and other tattoo staples!
1915 1/2 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,
New Orleans, LA 70113
Open Tuesday – Saturday: 1 – 7pm & Monday by Appt.
A must-visit for all science-minded divas (and the former workplace of our very own star photographer, Sandy), the Mütter Museum displays beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting. Featuring the Soap Lady, the tallest skeleton on display in North America, a plaster cast and conjoined liver of “Siamese twins” Chang & Eng, and slivers of Einstein’s brain, this cabinet of curiosities explores the mysteries and beauty of the human body. Show off your skull and pose for a perfectly curious photo-op amidst the strange specimens in the Mütter Museum!
19 S 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Open Daily 10-5
For literary divas, the house and farm of Flannery O’Connor offers the chance to walk in the footsteps of a Southern Gothic legend! Expert guides will provide you a short introduction, then let you explore the grounds on your own. Check out Flannery’s mid-century farmhouse, featuring antique furniture and vintage kitchen accessories, and sign your name on the typewriter guestbook. Though there are sadly no longer peacocks living on the grounds, Flannery was an avid lover of peafowl, letting them run wild on the property. Listen for other wild birds when you stroll the lovely pond trail in your retro-best and imagine yourself in another decade.
2628 N Columbia St,
Milledgeville, GA 31061
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
$10 suggested donation
Clockwise: Guestbook from Book Fifty; Rosita Bonita Peach Branch Necklace; Flannery O’Connor with Peacocks from The Paris Review; Re-Mix Winfield Booties; Flannery O’Connor and Bookcase from Andalusia
Museum of Jurassic Technology
Los Angeles, CA
One of the most curious locations on the west coast, the Museum of Jurassic Technology is difficult to explain and transformative to visit. This museum, housed in the former home of museum founders David and Diana Wilson, is home to a host of strange and uncanny objects. Marvel at a tiny trailer park, explore art created in the eyes of needles, and wander all the way up to the rooftop garden where you can take tea with a giant hound. In the style of 16th Century Cabinet of Curiosities with a pseudo-scientific twist that calls to mind both Nikolai Tesla and Victor Frankenstein, this “museum about museums” is bewildering, enchanting, and totally unmissable.
9341 Venice Boulevard,
Culver City, CA 90232
Thursday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
Left to right: MJT Exhibit from Smithsonian Magazine; museum entrance from Cultural Studies: Visual Culture, Perception, and Realism
Well divas, I hope this post has inspired you to find a little bit of wonder in your world. You know what they say: birds of a feather adventure together!