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.
1,869 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 59 150 2 = 148 97% 4.7
Last 6 months 102 267 2 = 265 98% 4.8
Last 12 months 184 497 2 = 495 99% 4.8
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Who knew we have so much in our backyard? ?
Sat, Aug 29  4:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
We had so much fun and are so excited to learn about our City! LA has some amazing history and hidden treasures that we never knew existed until we took your tour - and we live here, kids were born and raised here!! Thank you for your expertise and shared knowledge! This is a perfect activity for families with teenage and older kids. We have an 18 year old and a 20+, who were on the edge of their seats the entire tour. So if you are searching for some quality family time and a lot to talk about after...this is a definite MUST!!
Rating: 5
Informative, extremely interesting and fun!
Sat, Aug 29  1:00 PM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
I can't remember the name of our guide (it was two letters, one was 'S') but he struck the perfect balance in terms of humour, facts and details. He clearly loves the city of LA and really knows his stuff. We learned so much on the tour and enjoyed every minute of it, largely due to the wealth of information he provided! Would recommend it wholeheartedly to any friends visiting LA, it was a real highlight for us.
Rating: 5
I wasn't bored to death!!!!
Sat, Aug 29  1:00 PM Female 50-59 Local Other
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
What a fun tour! Our tour guide was knowledgable and funny. I would recommend this activity to anyone who wants to do something a little different in LA. I'm a local and enjoyed it :)
Rating: 2
Fantastically funny, sarcastic and knowledgeable!
Wed, Aug 26  12:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
If you want a tour that will be fun, offbeat and enjoyable, GO ON THIS TOUR!
Rating: 2
Good Tour, but could have been better.
Sun, Aug 23  3:00 PM Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Attended: Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour
It was good to meet Alison, but the van was hot and sound system was not that great. Half way through we stopped for a bathroom break and when we got back at our required time they were selling her tee shirts, books, and autographed picture. All of that took an additional 20 minutes which was tacked on to the tour so it didnt finish at 6. It should have been done when the tour ended. I guess I expected more for $85. Alison's stories were great and loved meeting her.