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Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum

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“helter skelter”(110 reviews)
“scott michaels”(38 reviews)
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...more
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5901 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038-2003
+1 855-600-3323
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have always heard about the Dearly Departed Tours but never done one. I decided it would be a fun final activity (of their holiday,not their lives) for my parents visiting from New Zealand. They are in their mid-70s and we all enjoyed the tour...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rosebudnz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I highly recommend Dearly Departed tours. I have taken many of the tours and have learned so much from Scott and the tour guides, they offer little nuggets of inside Hollywood information that I would never get anywhere else. The new podcast Dearly Departed is...More

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Date of experience: January 2019
Thank radishbaby6158
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the basic Dearly Departed tour, the "Tragical History Tour", a couple of years ago, and were quite entertained and enlightened about the macabre side of Hollywood, of which they are the preeminent aficionados. I've always had a fascination with the Manson murders,...More

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Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank DoyleH63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We can’t wait to go back!!!! Very informative tour. It was the perfect amount of time, we learned so much more about one of our favorite murder stories. Very comfortable tour and could see great out of the windows. So great!!!

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sightseer16445429484
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the tour and especially enjoyed the "added" facts shard by Scott and Jordan. Our tour enjoyed an extra fun experience , totally off script. I would recommend introducing one of these tours to visiting out of town family and friends as an alternative...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank nancat
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re into the subject matter the way I am this is a must during your visit. Owner, Scott lead our Helter Skelter tour. He greeted us and was warm and welcoming. The tour was full and we were packed onto a sprinter van. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 273philipd
Reviewed January 18, 2019

Being a Death Hag, this tour was literally the first thing I had booked within hours after our arrival to LA. I was super excited to finally take a Dearly Departed Tour but that excitement quickly dwindled when our tour guild Brian kept telling his...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MafiaCatWoman
Reviewed January 13, 2019

I have been wanting to visit Dearly Departed and go on a tour for forever! I have been a fan of the website for so long and couldn’t believe I was finally going to meet Scott Michaels! I chose the Healter Skelter tour on a...More

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Date of experience: March 2018
Thank chotidevi
Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

Highly recommend this tour for a fun afternoon exploring the dark and sometimes grisly history of death in LA. Our tour guide was fun, outgoing and engaging. She was very knowledgeable and her ability to drive and converse at the same time was masterful. We...More

Thank drfaith
Reviewed January 12, 2019

My wife was excited about this tour as she is obsessed with true crime. She wasn't disappointed. If you are expecting a tour where you have lots of stops and get out and walk around, that is not this tour. Almost the entire tour is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Hollywood undoubtedly conjures up images of movie
stars and high-end lifestyles, and to this day,
tourists flock here from around the world to see the
iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre and to
catch a glimpse of the famed Hollywood sign up close.
Celebrity impersonators and crowds give these areas
the feeling of an amusement park while many clubs and
hotels fill up around the weekends for late-night
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October 10, 2017|
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Response from GeorgeVreelandHill | Reviewed this property |
No. You have to meet the tour at Dearly Departed in Hollywood.
Stephanie G
September 26, 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