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Largest Collection of Clowns, Germany

Largest Collection of Clowns, Germany

Most people agree…nothing is scarier than a clown. Just imagine living with Ortud Kastaun, “Orty” to friends, who has a collection of over 2,000 clown-related items. It look fifteen years, but she now holds the the Guinness World Record for “Largest Collection of Clowns”. It all started when Kastaun was...

Barbra Streisand & The Stickley Museum

Barbra Streisand & The Stickley Museum

On display at The Stickley Museum we have a Gustav Stickley screen no. 1091 that was once owned by Barbra Streisand. You can see it here on her album cover “Greatest Hits…and More”. Barbra is part of the Stickley Story- it was her record-breaking purchase of a Gustav Stickley sideboard...

White House replica in Atlanta, Georgia

White House replica in Atlanta, Georgia

Whoever wins the election tonight, it’s not a hopeless case for the loser. Because they can still move into the White House. No, not that one in Washington, D.C. I’m talking about the replica in Atlanta, Georgia. Fred Milani, an Irani businessman who made his riches in the building boom...

New England Accordion Museum in Canaan, Connecticut

New England Accordion Museum in Canaan, Connecticut

This might come as a surprise but the Accordion Museum in Canada I once told you about is not the world’s only accordion museum. There are actually several in existence. Because apparently the world needs as many accordion museums as humanly possible. Or should I say musically possible? The New...

Jimmy’s Station Museum in Waverly, Iowa

Jimmy’s Station Museum in Waverly, Iowa

If you look closely at the words printed in the window, you will read Jimmy’s Station Museum. Yes, that’s right. This former Shell Station in Waverly, Iowa has been converted into a museum featuring tons of gas-related memorabilia and restored antique cars. It doesn’t have a website. It’s just one...

The Ashley Bryan Center

The Ashley Bryan Center

Ashley Bryan, who will turn 93 years old in a few weeks, is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Although he was born in New York City, he has spent the last 40 years living in retirement on Little Cranberry Island in Maine. But that doesn’t mean he’s sitting...

Museu De Miniatures in Besalú, Spain

Museu De Miniatures in Besalú, Spain

We’ve covered teeny tiny book collections, outdoor parks full of mini buildings, the dedicated work of one Siberian artist and even the world’s smallest museum (yes, it’s the size of a closet…now go clean yours to make room for a new exhibit I’m putting together). But what about an art...

Le Salon des Navigateurs in Le Havre, France

Le Salon des Navigateurs in Le Havre, France

Because I’m a poor asshole, I usually cannot afford to go to a hair salon. I end up badly cutting my hair into uneven bangs or have my mom (a beauty school dropout) give me a trim. But if I lived in Le Havre, France and was a man I...

Historic House Museum Week, Illinois

Historic House Museum Week, Illinois

I’ve decided to write only about my personal visits for historic house museum week; it’s much easier and I realize I have seen way too many in my life. Whenever I travel I make sure to see at least a few museums, and usually one is a house museum. It’s...

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