One of our favorite things to do in Los Angeles is visit the LA County Museum of Art, or LACMA.  So when we arrived in LA, we decided to take the boys to LACMA, and we were pleasantly surprised to find an exhibit featuring one of our favorite movie directors: Guillermo del Toro, of Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak fame.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
Wall-size photo of Guillermo Del Toro’s home, Bleak House

Entitled “Monsters at Home”, the exhibit is an ode to creepy and scary in all its forms.  Del Toro has been collecting movie props, costumes, paintings, books, artwork, and more for many years, and turned his LA home (“Bleak House’) into a sort of museum for them all, pictured above in a wall-size photo that Miles is standing in front of.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
Character from Pan’s Labyrinth

Someone at LACMA saw this remarkable collection, and together with del Toro they designed a museum show to share his collection with the world, in a themed exhibit like no other.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with MonstersVictorian Women’s Costumes from his films
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with MonstersCostume from Crimson Peak

“Monsters at Home” included life-size wax figures of the famous authors Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, along with first editions of their famous books.  It also had walls of “monster” comic books from the 1950s and 1960s, and notebooks from del Toro himself, showing his creative process for filmmaking.  It was fascinating to see drawings from scenes in his movies, next to a screen showing the scene.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
Wax figure of Edgar Allen Poe

In one room, they recreated the “Rain Room” from del Toro’s Bleak House, where he simulated rain on the windows and played a continuous loop of rain and thunder.  He found this 24 hour rain room a perfect hideaway for focused creativity, when LA was all sun and fun.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with MonstersTravis Louie, The Strangler, 2009

The exhibit includes drawings from his notebooks, and almost 60 objects from LACMA’s permanent collection. The diverse range of media—including sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, costumes, ancient artifacts, books, maquettes, and film—totals approximately 500 objects and reflects the broad scope of del Toro’s inspirations.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
Brian Poor, Chopin v2.0, 2009

“Monsters at Home” was a remarkable surprise, and if you want to catch it in person, time is running out.  It is only open until November 27th.  It includes some intense clips from his movies, so you may not want to bring young children.  Admission is $25 for adults, but free for those 17 and under, and includes general admission to the entirety of LACMA.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
The Woman in Black from Crimson Peak

For more photos from the exhibit, visit our Facebook page and view the photo gallery from our visit.

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