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Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum

5901 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038-2003
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We're a light-hearted look at the Dark Side of Hollywood. Since 2004 Dearly Departed Tours has provided a 3 hour tour of the Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous. Mae West and Bela Lugosi, to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, with a side of Hugh Grant and Chris Brown and Rihanna thrown in for good measure. "Creepy, Hilarious, but not for kids or the prissy." - Lonely Planet. Also available, The Helter Skelter Tour - based solely on the Manson Murders. Join Scott Michaels, the host of the documentary, The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter will unravel this bizarre time in American History. American Horror Story based their "Eternal Darkness Tour" on us and we've been featured on Ghost Adventures, Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders and The Girls Next Door. In 2017 we opened our Artifact Museum which includes a piece of The Hindenburg, Rock Hudson's death bed, Natalie Wood's prescription bottle and Jayne Mansfield's 1966 Buick death car.
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Hours Today: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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5901 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038-2003
Hollywood
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Reviewed 19 November 2017

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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

Booked a tour for today but it was scrapped at the last minute because it didn’t have the minimum of 4. Did manage to see the museum for free. Really disappointed.

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Had a great 2 1/2 hours with a very knowledgeable, experienced and funny tour guide. A multitude of facts. Their private museum is a must. Was really interested in the Jayne Mansfield story and car. Went to the Petersen museum the next day and their...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

A wealth of information I have never meet anyone who knows as much as Scott Michaels the tour was amazing I would do it again

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

I live in LA and wanted to take a tour here to learn more about my city, but did not want to do the double decker bus tourist bit. This tour did not disappoint. The tour guide was super funny, knew his stuff and kept...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

I had a great tour with Brian. He kept everyone entertained. He knows the city and it's history. Nice tour to take get to know the city. Brian was even smart enough to know where to go to meet a movie star!! Jon Voight!! Brian...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Brian was a really fun and knowledgeable guide. His passion for his work really made the tour a fun and interesting event. When you first meet him he's very welcoming and will right away begin telling you interesting facts about the L.A. area, to include...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Just been on this tour after trying to get on it for many years. It lived up to my expectations. Scott is very professional and knowledgeable and the tour is both interesting and informative and looks into the crimes of the Manson family in great...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Traveled all the way from Missouri to take this tour and Scott did not disappoint!! Highly recommend taking this tour, you will be highly satisfied!!!

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keeze587
11 October 2017|
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Response from GeorgeVreelandHill | Reviewed this property |
No. You have to meet the tour at Dearly Departed in Hollywood.
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Stephanie G
27 September 2017|
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Response from pghflyerfan |
To be honest we did not do the museum. I know I said same thing only 5.00 bucks but to be honest the people that went in ahead of us were in there 5 minutes...I think it should be included WITH the tour. I did a search on... More
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John M
27 April 2017|
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Response from DearlyDeparted | Property representative |
Hi John. We visit Westwood Memorial Park on the tour. It's a tiny cemetery with a lot of A-Listers. Marilyn, Natalie Wood, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin... Our office is across the street from Hollywood Forever Cemetery... More
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