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Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum

5901 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038-2003
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Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles
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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 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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 1 November 2017

Thank you to Brian and everyone else at DDT for the awesome tour! 3 hours Halloween tour just flew by!

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Absolutely brilliant!! The guy had so much knowledge very interesting, very entertaining and was very funny!! We visited loads of places on the way round including cemeteries and celebrity haunts as well as interesting new articles. Would highly recommend!!!

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Scott was a very informative and detailed tour guide. He had so much passion about the Helter Skelter tour and Thank you for a great time! Look forward to coming back to yet another one of their tours.

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This was my second tour with Dearly Departed...and, needless to say, I was not disappointed. The second tour was every bit as good as the first. There is no other tour you can take that will give you more inside info about Hollywood/Los Angeles. Our...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

It was a very fun tour, the tour guide / driver was knowledgeable and humorous. Also the museum was fun to visit too. Too bad I’m a little too young for a lot of the histories (a lot of actors actresses singers etc) so I...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Brian was an excellent guide! Funny despite some of the subject matter and knowledgeable. Well worth the time!

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

I was so looking forward to this tour but was utterly disappointed from the beginning. First there is a huge parking issue that needs to be dealt with and telling someone this after the tour is booked that they should call an uber is even...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

I went on this amazing tour with my sister. The tour guide, Scott, was fantastic. He was knowledgeable and entertaining. You will not be disappointed with this tour. Book it!

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keeze587
10 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
26 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
26 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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