Sorry Gary Lewis & the Playboys, but not everybody loves a clown. Yet apparently someone else besides Gary likes them because there are several clowns museums in existence. We’ve covered them here on the blog before; the Klown Doll Museum in Nebraska, Ortys Clownmuseum in Germany, and Grampa Jerry’s Clown Museum in Colorado. Oh, and let’s not forget John Wayne Gacy’s clown paintings at the Museum of Bad Art. Although Ortud “Orty” Kastaun holds the the Guinness World Record for “Largest Collection of Clowns” with 2,000 clown-related items, it’s actually Klown Doll that should be the winner. The museum has over 7,000 clowns and no two items are alike. Ceramic clowns, stuffed clowns, coffee mug clowns, clown magnets and even a Christmas tree decorated with clown ornaments are all on display.
The last official clown museum, Grampa Jerry’s, is not for anyone who hates and/or fears the television show Hoarders. All 3,000 items, including clown music boxes, clown piggy banks and clown paintings, of Jerry’s collection are stuffed in his tiny pink shed. So if you suffer from coulrophobia, I suggest you stay as far away as possible from these places, especially the last one. Also, do not read this book.