As more and more states legalize marijuana and the negative stigma begins to dissipate, cannabis is becoming institutionalized like never before. If the dispensaries popping up around every corner weren’t evidence enough, there’s about to be an entire museum dedicated to weed. And of course, it’s opening in Los Angeles, California. The 20,000-square-foot Weedmaps Museum of Weed will open on August 3 in Hollywood and will feature interactive exhibits, art installations, historical artifacts, and more, designed to educate the public and drive advocacy and reform efforts.
Chris Beals, CEO of Weedmaps, said in a press release, “Our goal with the Weedmaps Museum of Weed is to demystify cannabis and its role in society, and to draw attention to the impact prohibition of cannabis has had on various social groups in the US and beyond… The Weedmaps Museum of Weed will combine all the immersive elements you’d expect to find in the world’s finest museums across multiple categories, including cultural, fine art, and natural history. There will also be plenty of artistic installations for those who want to share meaningful moments socially.”
The museum will only be open until September 29, 2019, and also feature a full cafe to satisfy the munchies, and a gift shop with a collection of cannabis paraphernalia and custom apparel. Unfortunately, no cannabis or CBD products will be sold on site.
According to Jonatha Santoro, Executive Creative Director of the creative agency Virtue LA, “The museum will display the antique artifacts you’d expect from a natural history museum, the artwork you’d expect in a modern art museum, the interactive education you’d expect from a family museum, and, yes, even all the mind-melting Instagram opportunities you’d expect from a branded weed museum.”
Tickets are $35 for adults, and they’re already being sold online.