Inconspicuously located in Culver City at the 1949 National Guard Armory building, is the Wende (pronounced “venda”) Museum.
For those not acquainted with the The Wende:
Examining the history of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union can be fraught with political and personal bias, and the complex, often contradictory stories that underlie the Museum’s artifacts may provoke uncomfortable questions. The Museum’s location in Culver City, California, provides independence and critical distance from current political debates in Europe, and also facilitates the questioning of preconceived ideas about our past and present. Moreover, the Museum’s physical remoteness from Central and Eastern Europe has enabled it to attract significant artifacts and collections that might otherwise have been destroyed as a result of emotional and political reactions. – Wende Museum
Growing up in the United States, we are blindly sheltered from any true political strife: war, brainwashing, and public executions are things we have been fortunate to have avoided.
Immersing yourself in such powerful relics is to observe a life you’ll (hopefully) never experience.
As you walk in, you are greeted by a gift shop on the left, and the product of the Monday Demonstrations on Lenin to the right.
As you enter the general space, the walls are succinctly curated with the current revolving exhibitions. The two latest installations that adorned the space were: “Promote, Tolerate, Ban: Art and Culture in Cold War Hungary”, which is a collaborative initiative with the Getty Research Institute, and “Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippie Culture”.
In the two alley ways that run parallel, there are enough books, furniture, clothing, toys, and other household items to keep you intrigued and satiated for hours.
The Wende is one of Culver City’s best kept secrets, but with your help, it won’t be for much longer.
10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
Hours of Enjoyment:
Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.