Los Angeles, California: LA Coroners Office Gift Shop

Some call it tasteless, but the LA County Coroner office has been running this tiny gift shop of unique souvenirs since 1993.

County Department of Coroner

Address:
1104 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA
Directions:
Skeletons in the Closet, County Department of Coroner. I-5 - Heading S, exit at Mission Rd. Turn left onto Mission and drive NE to 1104 N. Mission Rd., across from Jack in the Box, just under freeway after Marengo. Visitor or street parking. Inside 1st door on left across from receptionist.
Hours:
M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
323-343-0760
RA Rates:
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LA Coroners Office Gift Shop.

LA Coroners Office Gift Shop

Gift Shop printed on door immediately on your right as you enter at the top of the stairs.

[Joe Kleinsmith, 01/02/2017]

Old Los Angeles General Hospital entrance.

LA Coroner's Office Gift Shop

If you really want to visit Skeletons in the Closet, as the gift shop is known, be aware that the Office of the Medical Examiner is considering closing, or at least relocating, the shop at an unknown future date. So go while you can. As this is a government facility, it's not open on weekends, so factor that into your road trip itinerary.

The building, by the way, is the former Los Angeles General Hospital and is quite beautiful (the inside of the gift shop doesn't show much of the old architecture, but the lobby gives you a glimpse).

[C.C. de Vere, 07/20/2016]
LA County Coroner's Gift Shop

I love their products; some are available online. The coroner's office deserves commendation for using the proceeds of its sales to teach teens/young adults about the risks of mixing drugs, liquor, and driving.

[Marilyn, 09/09/2014]

Skeletons in the Closet.

LA County Coroner's Office Gift Shop

This place has an extremely morbid sense of humor, so if you're easily offended this stop is not for you. Be mindful that when you enter the coroner's office through the visitor's entrance there is a chance you will encounter grieving families in the waiting area. To avoid the embarrassment of having to ask the receptionist where the gift shop is as these individuals are mourning, the shop is the first door on the left-hand side when you enter the building (directly across from the receptionist).

As the sign requests, be respectful to those families who are there on "business" and don't enter or exit the building laughing and making death jokes. Save that for the inside of the shop -- the woman who runs it is extremely nice and good-humored!

[Erica, 01/03/2013]

Coffin couch at the Coroner's gift shop.

LA Coroners Office Gift Shop

Los Angeles, among other things, is known for the unique and the bizarre. This gift shop belongs in this city. All of the regular gift shop items can be found here (clothing, magnets, doormats, even a Christmas ornament that doubles as a sun catcher!). The selection and the gift shop itself is on the small side. However, if you are looking for that one-of-a-kind gift, look no further. Whatever you pick up there is sure to be a conversation starter. Or a conversation ender.

Also, don't leave there without checking out and sitting in the ultra-cool coffin couch that is on display!

[Mark Asaro, 06/30/2012]

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