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Take a deep dive into the sordid history of Los Angeles on the Dearly Departed tour, a 2.5-hour multimedia bus trip focusing on the tragic end of some of the city’s most iconic celebrities. Anyone with a love for celebrity scandal or a dark sense of humor will appreciate this trip through the seamy dark side behind Hollywood’s glamorous façade.

Begin your trip around midday from a location on Sunset Boulevard. Join your trip’s guide, also known as the “Director of Undertakings,” as you delve into the history behind decades of murder, scandal and good, clean fun. Once your trip, um, departs . . . you’ll be regaled with plenty Hollywood horror stories from inside the comfort of your luxurious bus, also known as the “Tomb Buggy.”

Over the course of your trip you’ll cover more than 75 sites of interest. Though the trip’s exact stopping points change from day to day, a few of the typical highlights include:
  • The infamous locations of the deaths of River Phoenix, Bela Lugosi, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston
  • The grisly murder sites of Sal Mineo, Dominique Dunne, Rebecca Schaeffer and Bugsy Siegel
  • The hotels where John Belushi and Janis Joplin made their “last stay”
  • The setting for Sharon Tate’s “last supper”
  • Scandalous locations from the lives of Chris Brown and Rihanna, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant
During your trip, you’ll also have the chance to see crime-scene photos, hear 911 phone calls and review paperwork that the general public usually doesn’t have a chance to see, adding further context to these tales of death and deceit.

You’ll also visit the intimate cemetery where Natalie Wood, Farah Fawcett, Marilyn Monroe and other high-powered icons were laid to rest. Take a stroll through the grounds to pay your respects and to read their poignant and often humorous epitaphs.

Finish your trip back at your original starting point, where you can browse the Dearly Departed Gallery. Among the exhibits on display are unexpected memorabilia related to dead celebrities. Among the items you will see are pool tiles from the site where Rolling Stones drummer Brian Jones drowned, along with the Rolodex of Rock Hudson, which includes the phone number for Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor.
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Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum
Overview
Explore the dark side of Los Angeles on this Hollywood ‘death tour,’ a 2.5-hour multimedia bus excursion investigating the infamous homes and locations where the city’s most famous stars met their demise. During your visit you'll check out well-known sites in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and the Sunset Strip where some of the world’s most famous celebrities passed away. This macabre Los Angeles excursion, featured by both Anthony Bourdain’s ‘The Layover’ and E!’s ‘Hollywood Death Trip’ is a great way to learn about the city’s twisted past.
Highlights
  • 2.5-hour Dearly Departed's Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles
  • Discover where Michael Jackson, River Phoenix and Whitney Houston spent their final moments
  • Learn about stalkers, celebrity-gangsters, addictions, murder and scandal as you pass by Hollywood’s infamous spots
  • See almost 75 sites in one afternoon, making this tour the best bang for your buck
  • Don’t miss this highly rated tour voted one of the ‘1,000 Things To Do Before You Die!’
  • Stop at the legendary cemetery and pay your respects to Marilyn, Natalie, Farrah and dozens more.
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Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile
Awesome Tour!

This is a must do tour if you’re in Los Angeles! Our tour guide Richard, was awesome! You get to see a lot of murder sites, as well as other famous sites. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We got to see Micheal Jackson’s house,...More

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DearlyDeparted, Owner at Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Thanks, Connie. Richard is awesome, I'm glad you agree. Thanks for coming!

Reviewed 26 June 2018
Loved this tour!

My family went on the tour as part of our recent visit to California. Loved it. Loved all the history that is shared with you during the tour, lots of inside stories! Loved the museum items as well. Staff was excellent.

Thank BrendaSchorr
DearlyDeparted, Owner at Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2018

Thank you, Brenda. We're really glad you and your family enjoyed our little corner of Hollywood. It was a pleasure to show you around.

Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile
Very interesting tour

Went on this tour with my daughter and we both thought it was great. Tour guide extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. Small air conditioned van taking 9 of us. Tour goes for around 2.5 hours and you are driven all around Hollywood/Los Angeles. Shown the places...More

Thank Barbara H
DearlyDeparted, Owner at Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Thank you, Barbara! I'm so glad you liked the tour. I agree, Westwood Memorial Park is like an oasis... and all those stars!

Reviewed 11 June 2018
Fantastic informative interesting just brilliant!!

This was a tour I’d promised myself to do on our next visit to LA I’d read so much about it I hoped it would live up to my expectations... it surpassed it. The staff were excellent from the moment we stepped into their office...More

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DearlyDeparted, Owner at Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

This is a real pleasure to read. I'll be sure to let everyone know. Thank you for your kind words.

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Depends on your tour guide!

I've heard Scott, one of the founders, speak on two occasions with a palpable enthusiasm for what he does. Both times were at UCB's Hollyweird 101 - a popular pop culture show that I attend. If I would have had Scott as a tour guide,...More

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DearlyDeparted, Owner at Dearly Departed Tours and Artifact Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Thank you so much for your honest review. I am so sorry you had a negative experience. We'll take the criticism to heart and try to do a better job.

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RMG75
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Response from HollywoodeEve | Reviewed this property |
Hi you get 20 minutes plus a map.
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There was one stop at the cemetery in Westwood that you could and walk around
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Shirley M
18 April 2018|
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Response from Gary C | Reviewed this property |
The van usually stops in front of the sites and info is shared. We did get out at the cemetery where Marilyn Monroe and many others stars are buried. They have a cool museum of memorabilia where the tour begins too. Enjoy!
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