Of all the coffee I’ve tried, all the shops I’ve checked out, all the beautiful things that I’ve seen while writing these articles, nothing comes close to being as memorable as the Pasadena Bunny Museum.
Candace Frazee gave me a warm greeting and a “bunny bump” as she welcomed me into her bunny museum- the 100 year old home she lives in- that houses four cats, three pet bunnies, her husband Steve, and over 30,000 pieces of bunny memorabilia. Though the museum section of Candace’s house is modest- just four rooms or so, the couple has managed to cram every square foot of it with fuzzy bunny love. Years ago on Valentine’s Day, Steve presented Candace with a stuffed rabbit as an homage to their pet names for one another: Honey Bunny. Since then, the couple lovingly exchanges a bunny-themed item every single day. It’s truly a living museum.
After making your way through the kitchen, step outside where Candace invites you to draw your own bunny doodle (in 3-D chalk!) and take a stroll through her bunny garden. She’s also happy to educate you on the subject of proper bunny care, something she’s studied first hand.
In addition to making an appearance on Around Town Pasadena, The Bunny Museum has shown up on countless “Must-See lists”… most recently in LA Weekly and most famously in the Guinness World Records. The museum has also appeared on plenty of news shows and had its fair share of celebrity guests, but the best plug of all are the Bunny Museum ads featuring Elijah Wood on FunnyOrDie.com
While visitors may feel overwhelmed at the amount of stuff in the home (Some new, some antique, all organized by category), the couple feels just the opposite. “We didn’t set out to collect rabbits specifically.” Candace tells me. For them, the museum is about the love they share, and surrounding themselves with that tradition makes perfect sense.
The most asked question?: “How do you dust?” Hop in and ask Candace yourself. This Halloween, the museum will be having an open house, featuring a kid-friendly haunted house. Maybe I’ll stop back… surely the collection will have multiplied by then.
The Bunny Museum is open 365 days a year by reservation only. www.TheBunnyMuseum.com for reservations.