Having lived in the Conejo (Rabbit) Valley for over 20 years, something that never dawned on me is that we don't have a bunny museum in town. But only an hour away in Pasadena is the largest collection of bunnies in the world, The Bunny Museum.
The Bunny Museum is located at the home of Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski at 1933 Jefferson Drive, Pasadena. They ask that you call to make an appointment at 626.798.8848 before stopping by. Admission is $5 and children under 4 are free. Open 365 days a year. Closed mornings. Certain holidays and special events, no appointments are necessary.
We came with a gift, a Conejo Valley Guide keytag bunny, which was promptly added to the collection of, currently (and still growing), 30,510 (as of 6/9/14); now 32,124 (as of 10/7/15) bunnies of all sorts...stuffed animals, porcelain figurines, glassware, signs, toys and other collectibles.
Candace, a professional author who wrote There is an Answer: Living in the Post-Apocalyptic World and other books, showed us around her 1926 stucco home filled with bunnies, "The Hoppiest Place in the World."
The collection started with a single bunny, given by Steve to Candace on Valentine's Day 1992. They married several years later as the rabbits quickly multiplied. By 1999, their collection was officially proclaimed the world's largest collection, totaling, at the time, 8,437 rabbit-themed collectibles. Like bunnies, the collection has nearly quadrupled in size since then.
The den has a couch, TV and the largest collection of stuffed bunnies I've ever seen. My youngest asked, how do they do anything in that room? Well, there's enough room to sit down...but otherwise, I'm not sure.
The front yard of the house is adorned with perhaps the largest bunny bush in the world (from my vantage point). Candace indicates it is a Rose Parade float bunny from 1998. They planted ivy at the base of it and it took five years to cover it.
The backyard has quite an interesting variety of bunny regalia, signs and items, including bunny stepping stones, bunny-themed rock garden and more.
The bunnies are strategically aggregated in the collection by type, including salt and pepper shaker bunnies, stuffed bunnies, toy bunnies, edible (or at one point edible) bunnies, several live bunnies and many more. We saw The Energizer Bunny and Bugs Bunny among other celebrities in the collection.
There's also a small bunny-themed gift shop in the dining area. Learn more about The Bunny Museum at www.thebunnymuseum.com. If you are looking to see something quite unique, check it out!