For $3 you can wander the aisles of the Super Museum, a large room filled with the collection of Jim Hambrick, a long time fan of and devotee to the Man of Steel. His collection has reached over 20,000 items and spans over 60 years of memorabilia from the comics, movies, and television series that the hero inspired.
Jim has been collecting since 1959 and since 1993 the collection has been on display in Metropolis. Prior to forming roots in the “hometown of Superman” he traveled country fairs with his mobile museum in tow.
The museum hold toys, products, original props and costumes, posters, and much much more.
Some of the more memorable items are a phone booth used by Kirk Alyn on film and the original George Reeves costume in brown and gray instead of the blue and red used today (for black and white television they didn’t need to use colored fabric).
The most interesting thing I saw was a jar of used peanut butter.
The museum attracts about 200 visitors a day from all parts of the world, and the items rotate to display portions of Jim’s 100,000 plus items.
Site: Superman Museum
Location: Superman Square, 517 Market Street, Metropolis, IL
Cost: $3 admission, Children 5 and under free
Hours: Open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm
Date: May 2, 2009