A short skip away from the Super Museum, right across from the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, is a 40,000-square-foot building that could only be described with the proverbial “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Jim Hambrick’s (yes, the same Jim Hambrick that owns the Super Museum) Americana Hollywood Museum opened in 2005 and celebrates pop culture and more.
Lining every inch of wall and table space available in this museum is memorabilia and merchandise for movies, comics, celebrities, and more. There is space dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, Elvira, John Wayne, Elvis, and Jimi Hendrix. There are mint in package action figures, costumed life-size mannequins, authentic movie props.
In January 2009 a pipe burst and soaked many of the collectibles causing $100,000 in damages, mostly to the Marilyn Monroe collection. The museum closed afterwards, but is now back open.
Site: Americana Hollywood Museum
Location: Third & Ferry Streets, Metropolis, IL
Cost: $5.00 ages 6 and above (they were offering a “special” the day I was there for $5 for both museums. I have a feeling that special runs often.)
Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM Daily (April -September), 9:00AM – 5:00PM Daily (October – March)
Date: May 2, 2009
Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown near Berwyn's car kabob, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val is currently traveling the world and blogs about her life, food, and travels on her personal website.