If you've ever practiced any form of martial arts, or merely had an infatuation with overdubbed '60s kung fu movies, the Martial Arts History Museum surely will make an impression. Opened in Burbank in 2011, it is the first museum in the world to focus on the history of martial arts as a whole, rather than on one specific discipline, such as karate, judo or taekwondo. The place is full of compelling and colorful exhibits, which break down each individual martial art by the country that practiced it, plus fascinating examples of authentic weaponry and wardrobe and an informative timeline. A room devoted to martial arts in pop culture nicely ties in our American obsession through films, TV shows, comics, songs and cartoons. Those who know martial arts only from The Karate Kid or Hanna-Barbera's '70s cartoon Hong Kong Phooey will have a much broader understanding of it after visiting this gem of a museum. —Nikki Kreuzer
2319 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 91506. (818) 478-1722, martialartsmuseum.com.
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