Photos: Awkward Family Photos Exhibit Opens In Santa Monica

Hey, everyone's family has had an awkward moment or two, so why don't we celebrate that fact? The dudes behind the popular Awkward Family Photos website have extended their love for hilarious snapshots to an art exhibit that opens today at the California Heritage Museum.

The viral blog was launched by childhood friends Mike Bender and Doug Chernack back in May 2009, and what had started as just a few of their own childhood pics blew up to world-wide submissions from others.

"Truthfully, Doug and I have always talked about an exhibition," Bender, who curated the exhibit, told LAist. "[We want to] allow people to see these photos in a serious museum setting, really get up close and personal with the photos."

Bender says the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica is a perfect spot for the exhibit, which runs through July 27 and is centered around awkward themes like family vacations, family portraits and siblings. The museum is a converted old Victorian house and the photos are hung in frames on the walls like they would be hung up in a family's room or hallway. Bender believes that it will give people a chance to get beyond the "website scroll" and really get a feel for the photos.

Even more exciting is that on Sundays at the museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., guests will get a chance to take their own awkward photos in their studio complete with props and family portrait backgrounds. For $20, you get a copy of your portrait and another copy gets hung up at the exhibition. So, get your kitschy sweaters ready!

The California Heritage Museum is located at 2612 Main Street in Santa Monica, (310) 392-8537. The museum's hours are from Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This exhibit runs from March 28 to July 27.