If you’re a hardcore collector or a jaded road-tripper, we have the list of destinations across the U.S. that’ll get you going! Whether it’s a neon graveyard, a beer can paradise, a plethora of Pez, or a salt and pepper shaker lover’s heaven, there’s a spot here for everyone. From California to Massachusetts, we’ve got you covered.
The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
With over 20,000 vintage and novelty salt and pepper shakers, this is a must-visit for any salt and pepper shaker collector. You can find holiday, anthropomorphic, wood, advertising/brand, “occupied Japan” and just about every other type of shaker set here. See this video video tour of the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum to get a taste.
Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia
eBay started when the founder wanted to create a more efficient way to buy and sell Pez dispensers. So it’s very appropriate that Silicon Valley also has it’s very own Pez Museum, located in Burlingame, convenient to SFO Airport, San Francisco or San Jose. It has over 1,000 Pez dispensers on display! Also, click here to read my recent article (with some great pictures) on the Burlingame Pez Museum.
The Beer Can Museum
South of Boston, Massachusetts
Featured in various press outlets like Travel and Leisure magazine, Reader’s Digest and Fox News, the Beer Can Museum is located in East Taunton, south of Boston. Facts are hard to come by but it has good reviews!
The Neon Museum
Las Vegas, Nevada
On 2 acres and including over 200 signs, the night tours are recommended to get the full effect. Like visiting a neon graveyard – some great photo opportunities here. This is a very unique side trip for your next Vegas adventure.
The World’s Largest Toy Museum
Featuring new, antique and vintage toys, including Barbies, Disney items, cast iron and tin toys, and toy versions of trains, plans, cars, tractors and more. This is a must-visit for collectors!
Museum of Pinball
With 40,000 square feet of space, the Museum of Pinball has over 1,100 vintage and modern pinball machines.
The Great American Dollhouse Museum
With over 200 dollhouses, the museum also features a timeline of the United States from Native American through the modern era via miniatures. It also has a miniature town, circa 1910 and a forested fantasyland with elves, faeries, witches, trolls and a dragon.
The Museum of Miniatures
The museum has over 600 miniatures on exhibit including room boxes, houses and various individual items. It features a major exhibit on furniture through the ages in miniatures. They also have “Celebrations of Creativity” events with performers and artists (poets, violinists, painters, guitarists), so check the schedule for details.
The Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum
Home to over 2,000 antique and modern spinning tops, yo-yo’s, gyroscopes and other spinning toys, this museum also offers hands-on events and exhibits. Recommended ages are 4-104 years of age!
American Computer & Robotics Museum
This museum features vintage computers, games, communications devices (e.g. phones), calculators, code-breaking machines and more. It also offers exhibits on relevant topics related to things like space travel, the hacking of the German Enigma machine, artificial intelligence and the history of the Apple Computer.
International Banana Museum
North Shore, California
As an example of a themed collection, the International Banana Museum features over 19,000 banana-related items in their collection. They’re in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest fruit-related collection anywhere in the world!
Vent Haven Museum (museum related to Ventriloquism)
Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
The museum has over 800 ventriloquism figures, some which date back to the 1700’s, as well as playbills, pictures and more items focused on the art of ventriloquism.
Madsen-Pacific Toy Train Museum
Arizona gets less rain than most states so it’s a great place to have a toy train museum. With indoor and outdoor toy trains on display and running, it’s a great place for train collectors to visit. It also has various exhibits and a regular train swap meet.
Coins, Currency and Medals at the American History Museum
For coin collecting, the Smithsonian is probably the one to hit, with over 1 million items including coins, paper money, medals and decorations. Some of the oldest coins are 2,700 years old. There are also beads and other commodities used as money – including electronic currencies.
The National Museum of Roller Skating
The oldest skates on display are from 1819. In addition to items, there are books, periodicals and images of various roller skating-related events and items.
Which one’s on your bucket list now?
Have you been to any of these museums? If not, which one’s on the list for your next trip? Let us know in the comments!