Thursday, May 18, 2006
American Dime Museum
This week, some friends were in town, and we visited Baltimore's American Dime Museum.
It's dedicated to presenting the items displayed in dime museum of the 19th and 20th centuries, often an array of medical oddities, hoaxes, and oddball exhibits. The gentleman who runs the museum gave us a history - P.T. Barnum had a large museum in New York as well as ran travelling shows with the circus. Unfortunately, they could not compete with other entertainments like the movies, and eventually stopped.
The dime museum itself also is having hard times. With no regular hours, we had called to make an appointment to see the place. It was really cool- reminded me some of the Mutter museum and Joe Coleman's museum. My favorites were: Abraham Lincoln's last poo (top), the Gum Lady (above), and the Squirrel dioramas.