Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
July 22, 2010
We were crestfallen when Dick Horne’s American Dime Museum closed in Baltimore in 2007. It was a unique showcase of the rare and ghastly. We thought we’d never again see priceless relics such as a Petrified Minotaur, or Abraham Lincoln’s Last Bowel Movement.
Peter, who’s also an artist and a tattoo master, said that the museum’s hundreds of exhibits include shrunken heads, severed heads, and a two-headed mummy from Peru. “None of it’s made up or fake,” he insisted (frankly, we wouldn’t care if it was). “A lot of people will ask, ‘Is that a real head?’ And I’ll say, ‘Oh, absolutely!’”
In addition to the museum and a tattoo parlor, Peter’s establishment has a coffee shop that charges people by time. “Instead of small, medium, large, we have a half-hour, hour, and evening of coffee; all the coffee you can drink in that amount of time,” Peter said. He’d considered staging a “Coff-Off” drinking contest, “but we did a little research and found that you can die real easy. Forty cups and you’re done.”
Peter plans to rotate exhibits “just like a real museum,” and said that extra-special displays will have “premieres” in the coming months, such as an alligator man with his children, the petrified body of John Merrick (“The Elephant Man”) — and the last bowel movement of Abraham Lincoln! “That one will be in the Winter season,” said Peter of the Presidential poop. “I’ll let you know when.”
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