If ever there is a unique example of passion and love, there is The Bunny Museum in Altadena. Displaying more than 35,000 rabbit-related items, from giant Rose Parade float bunnies to ancient rabbit-themed items from 20 centuries ago, the museum is an amazing expression of the love and passion of Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski for one another and all things “bunny.” The couple’s collection grew out of gifting one another bunny-related items as an expression of love. By 1998, they had amassed about 8,000 bunny-related items when they opened their collection in their Pasadena home to the public. In 2017, with the collection more than quadrupled in size, they moved it to its more spacious current location in Altadena. The non-profit museum, a member of the American Alliance of Museums, appears to be the only one in the world with a broad focus on rabbits and rabbit-related culture. Including live resident rabbits, The Bunny Museum offers an amazing range of bunny-inspired art and creative works, along with rabbit-related history and culture. There is also the “Chamber of Hop Horrors,” not open to younger children, showcasing the more disturbing side of bunny experience and portrayals.
The Bunny Museum has been featured in, among others, Guinness World Records, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, Smithsonian Magazine, and an episode of “Visiting with Huell Howser.” It has been widely reviewed by travel writers, domestic and international. Although some describe the museum as “weird” or “bizarre,” the Los Angeles Almanac found it no more so than L.A.'s flourishing contemporary art scene, the iconic Watts Towers or, for that matter, Disneyland. These, like The Bunny Museum, were born from the passion of their creators and opened for the enjoyment of others.
The Bunny Museum
2605 Lake Ave
Altadena, CA 91001