Dearly Departed Tours

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Dearly Departed Tours began operations in 2005 and has escorted over 35,000 people through "A trip down bad memory lane." - NY Daily News

The tour was recently the focus of E! Show Hollywood Death Trip and has been featured on Haunted Collector, Haunted History, Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, and The Girls Next Door, E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders!

"Insightful and highly recommended" - Time Out

"Creepy, hilarious, but not for kids or the prissy!" -  Lonely Planet

Scott Michaels is the founder of Dearly Departed Tours. A lifelong fan of the "Dearly Departed", Scott came to Hollywood to become part of the infamous hearse-driven Grave Line Tours of Hollywood.  With the demise of Grave Line, Scott launched Dearly Departed Tours.  Scott is the creator of the infamous  "Deliciously Twisted." - San Francisco Chronicle

In 2012 the Dearly Departed Gallery  was opened on the legendary Sunset Blvd.  The Gallery houses one-of-a-kind artifacts like Rock Hudson's Death Bed, Jayne Mansfield's suitcase rescued from her fatal crash, bricks from Sharon Tate's fireplace and the door from the hotel room in which Divine died.

Dearly Departed Tours was launched on January 1, 2005.
1,926 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Rating: 5
Does not Disappoint!
Sat, Nov 21  9:00 AM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Other
Attended: Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour
This is the second Dearly Departed tour we have taken, and have come to expect it to be the highlight of our trip. The Manson Tour did not disappoint! Scott is an effortless guide and amazing storyteller. He weaves the tale from start to finish with music, video clips, and stops that take you right back to the summer of 1969, leaving you breathless in the process.

I would highly recommend this tour, along with his Tragical tour. Both are exceptional, especially for true crime and history buffs.
Rating: 5
I'm a return customer, and would return again!
Fri, Nov 20  12:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
Initially took this tour in late 2014 with my daughter. This year for my birthday I wanted to take the tour again, and brought my husband, since I know he'd love it. Turns out we had 2 others in our group who were celebrating birthdays by taking this tour! We had an amazing time! Brian is the BEST tour guide: full of great information, trivia, and hilarious anecdotes. You can tell he loves his job, he exudes enthusiasm and you learn so much on the tour. The tour changed from a year prior. A couple of the prior drive-bys were removed, but now the tour stops at Westwood Mem'l Cemetery, which was not the case when I took the tour in 2014. That was a pleasant surprise, since so many notable people are interred there (most famous of all, Marilyn Monroe). So re-taking the tour this year was also enjoyable for that reason. Definitely recommend this tour for anyone who enjoys history and/or Hollywood lore. It's really not a "morbid" tour at all, but rather, an interesting drive where you get to see some of the places that certain stars frequented, lived, and in many cases, died. As I tell my friends, it's the best $50 you could spend for an afternoon of entertainment! PS, DO take some time before or after the tour to browse both levels of the Dearly Departed office/gallery. So much to see, and they are always adding to their collection of interesting artifacts!
Rating: 5
Went in 1996 nad now in 2015
Fri, Nov 20  12:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
Great Tour .Took my first tour (with I Believe Scott hosting) in February 1996. Took my 25 year son, and was able to expose him to all of the great information and enthusiasm that the staff had to offer.

Will be going again in 2016.

Thanks again.



Cant wait to take the Manson Tour.
Rating: 5
Thu, Nov 19  12:00 PM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
What better way to introduce yourself to LA than to introduce yourself to the darker side first. The Tragical History Tour was so, so fun - really informative, dark but also humorous. Our tour guide was RAD! We will definitely be back to do Dearly Departeds other tours!
Rating: 4
Great tour
Sat, Nov 14  9:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Attended: Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour
highly knowledgeable tour guide. Very entertaining and very informative. Maybe could slow it down and give people a chance to digest the information. I would highly recommend this tour.