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The largest bunny collection in the world started with a love story

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The largest bunny collection in the world started with a love story

WATCH | Once you enter The Bunny Museum, it's easy to go down the rabbit hole and get lost in the maze of ... bunnies. Not real ones, but all the bunny artifacts you could possibly think of, from fertilizer bunnies to a case full of glass bunnies. 

The Bunny Museum has been around since Easter of 1988 in its previous location in Pasadena, California. Now, its brand new location nests on the hills of Altadena, California, and holds the Guinness world record for the largest collection of bunny-related items, with more than 34,000 pieces. 

The collection includes furniture, light fixtures, games, books, kitchenware, toys, White House Easter eggs and taxidermal rabbits. 

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Contrary to what one might assume, the collection of bunny items didn't start out as an obsession with the animal. Instead, its origins are found in the love story of husband and wife Steve Lubanski and Candace Frazee.

"I was looking for something different to give her for Valentine's Day and she had started calling me 'honey bunny,'" said Lubanski, who co-founded the museum with Frazee in 1988. "And so I decided to get her a bunny."

After that, the couple continued giving each other bunny items until their apartments and garages filled up with bunny-related things. Then they decided to open their collection to the public. 

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Lubanski says their wedding was appropriately bunny-themed. 

"About halfway through the reception, I dressed up as a giant bunny and we did the bunny hop." 

Together, the couple has had 22 real bunnies over the years. Now, six live bunnies hop around at the museum. 

"The ones that have passed away we have taxidermied, so they're on display." Frazee said. "We are a museum and a lot of people forget that, because it's a home, it's a living museum."

The couple does indeed live upstairs in the building, which is also attached to Lubanski's bike shop.

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