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Forrest J Ackerman
The Acker Mansion and Museum
2495 Glendower Avenue,
Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA.
Tel:- 323-666-6326 or (323) MOON-FAN.
Explore, run screaming through the halls, take photos, touch everything all are welcome here!
Forrest J. Ackerman has the world's greatest collection of movie memorabilia from horror films, science fiction epics and monster movies. Forrest Ackerman began collecting memorabilia back in the 1920's and after 70 plus years has amassed over 400,000 items. His collection now fills his 18-room mansion, which Forrest has transformed into a museum for horror and sci-fi movies. Fans call it "The Acker Mansion".
Forrest Ackerman claims to have personally coined the phrase "sci-fic" and was the publisher of the horror magazine "Famous Monsters" back in the 50's. His collection of movie memorabilia includes actual life masks taken from all three of the leading monster actors of their day - Lon Chaney Jr, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Forrest has the original black cape and ring worn by Bela Lugosi in "Dracula", the model of the White House destroyed in the film "Earth Versus the Flying Saucers". His collection now includes over 120,000 movie-stills, 50,000 plus books, old movie posters, videos, magazines, comic books, monster masks, mannequins, old movie sets, movie props, shrunken heads etc. etc. etc. It fact this is a sci-fic buffs paradise and not to be missed.
Over the years many Hollywood stars have visited the Acker Mansion in person and signed his guest-book including - Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, Anthony Perkins, John Carradine, Jane Seymour, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and many more.
Stephen King sent Forrest his first manuscript when he was 14 which he signed and is now their on display. Many movie directors including Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante, Clive Barker and Tobe Hooper have also visited the collection.
So you never know who you might see during your visit!
Forrest Ackerman's sci-fic collection is open to the public on Saturday mornings and the admission is free. Entry is only when Mr. Ackerman is at home, so phone for the recorded message that will tell you if he's at home that Saturday. Phone on Saturday morning to reach him direct and arrive early since the "Acker Mansion" is located on a narrow road with limited parking.
To learn more about the Forrest J Ackerman, The Acker Museum and its exhibits visit the official website at:- http://www.best.com/~4forry.