1. If you never thought much about hammers before, you probably never imagined that someone could create a whole museum dedicated to hammers. The Hammer Museum at 108 Main Street in Haines Alaska is a summer only museum, open Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is a mere $3.00, with kids twelve and under free. Open May through September, and well worth a visit. Http://www.hammermuseum.org
It’s hard to miss a museum with a nineteen foot tall hammer in front of it, and with the over 1200 unique and unusual hammers inside the museum, you’ll be amazed at just how interesting hammers can be.
2. The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum at 1601-03 East North Ave., in Baltimore, Maryland is a terrific museum, so try not to miss it. Hours are 9 to 6 except Sundays, with the museum closed on Mondays from September until the summer begins.
Adults are $12.00, seniors $11.00, children 3-11 are $10.00, and under 3 are free.
From wax figures of an ancient Egyptian Vizer to the Pharoah, to Harriet Tubman, to more recent and famous black people like General Colin Powell, the museum is a time line in wax of some of the greatest black people.
There are over 100 life-sized wax figures in attractive displays and scenes in this wonderful museum for you to see and enjoy.
3. Mount. Horeb Mustard Museum, http://www.mustardweb.com, located at 100 West Main Street in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, 1-800-438-6878 for prices and information, is a wild and wacky museum dedicated to a collection of over 5000 different kinds of mustard from around the world. The museum is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.
4. Become like a child again when you take in the Circus World Museum at 550 Water Street in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Call 866-693-1500 for hours and admission prices as these change from performance season to off-season.
5. The Titan Missile Museum, http://www.titanmissilemuseum.org, at 1580 W. Duval Mine Road in Sahuarita Arizona, is open 8:45am to 5pm, is the only Titan 11 missile site in the US that is accessible to the public and well worth the admission prices which are a reasonable $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, children 7 to 12 are $6.00, and 6 and under are free. Call 520-625-7736 for more information.
There’s a lot of walking and stairs on the tour so you need to be in reasonable shape for a visit to this museum.
6.The Coke Ovens Museum located in Dunlap, Tennessee has free admission and free parking, but you’ll need to call ahead to make sure of museum hours. 423-949-3483.
The museum contains the remains of 268 beehive coke ovens, which are both fascinating and unique, and is a self-guided tour.
7. In Pine Bluff, Arkansas, be sure to check out The Band Museum, home to over 1500 antique band instruments from the 1700’s to the 1950’s, This is the only band museum in the USA.
The Band Museum is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, and is located at 423 S. Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. 870-534-4676 for more information.
8. The Button Museum is a free admission museum, but donations are accepted, located at 55 Joe Dority Rd., in Bishopville, South Carolina. 803-428-3841 for information and hours.
Check out all the thousands of buttons, and the button-covered items in this truly amazing museum.
9. The Fairbanks Ice Museum is located appropriately enough in Alaska. Fairbanks, Alaska to be exact, at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Lacey Street. The museum is full of beautiful and interesting ice sculptures kept at a constant 20 degrees temperature so wear your coats.
Admission prices are $12.00 for adults, seniors and military are $11.00, children 6 to 12 are $6.00, and 5 and under are free.
http://www.icemuseum.com. , call 907-451-8222 for hours and for more information.
10. The Bigfoot Museum, which is an exhibit located in the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum, located near the intersection of Highways 299 and 96 in Humboldt county, California, hours Wednesday through Sunday 10am to 4pm, and open mid April through October, includes a Bigfoot cast, pictures of Bigfoot, maps of reported Bigfoot sightings and more.
Admission is free to the museum but donations are welcome. Bigfoot Museum is a fun and interesting place to spend a few hours next time you’re in the NW corner of California.