On Sunday, August 14, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), located in the city’s oldest remaining structure from the original little Italy, opens its doors to the public for the first time. Inside the Italian Hall, a variety of enclosed displays hold artifacts from Italian families who contributed to Southern California – and in some cases the greater United States. Among them sits the earliest version of a Jacuzzi pump, the J-300.
The Jacuzzi pump is located in the culture section, and according to Marianna Gatto, executive director at IAMLA, is part of the museum’s permanent exhibition. Visitors can learn about the Jacuzzi family and the brand's history and evolution.
“As a company founded by an Italian-born family who immigrated to America, we are honored to be included amongst other such iconic, globally-recognizable brands. And, as we now celebrate the Company’s 60-year anniversary, it really further reinforces the positive impact that this family and the Jacuzzi Brand has had on the American culture,” said Bob Rowan, president and CEO of Jacuzzi Group Worldwide.
According to the museum, its collection spans from the 18th century to recent history. In addition to seeing the artifacts, museum goers can also immerse themselves in a multimedia experience through videos, touchscreens, and projected images.