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Elaborate dioramas are populated by thousands of tiny hand-made cats in Civil War uniforms.
Erik Dorr's personal collection of historic relics includes a bloodstained piece of Hitler's suicide couch, Marilyn Monroe's bra, and JFK's underpants.
Sights for Oddball Excursions
At the Pymatuning Reservoir, a place where the fish are so plentiful, the ducks walk across them. At the spillway, hurl bread and watch the action!
A fun medical museum of human pathology, but so dignified that you almost forget that you're looking at skulls, conjoined twins, and a giant colon.
Travel by rail a third of a mile into a mountain to experience the dark, chilly world of an anthracite coal mine. The mine closed in 1931; it's been open as an attraction since 1962.
The personal collection of Mark Kosh includes everything from a human shrunken head, to a room of serial killer memorabilia, to Abraham Lincoln's last bowel movement (in a tasteful frame).
Tour a shoe-shaped home along the Lincoln Highway, built by a shoe businessman as a promotional gimmick.
The real chocolate factory tour is long gone, replaced by an automated ride, mega-gift store, and a pervasive, consumer-overload-experience of candied goodness.
Pet a hissing cockroach and skeeve at a demonstration kitchen, sealed in plexiglass, that's been deliberately infested with roaches.
Bones of an American saint, laid out wearing his pointy bishop miter and robes. Slivers from his coffin are for sale in the gift shop.
Why is everyone ignoring the crashed plane outside of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts? Because it's art.
Old, imposing prison has always been a choice destination for tourists and ghost-hunters.
World's largest public collection of Catholic relics, holy bodily remains in Pittsburgh's bit o' heaven, a chapel built specifically for their display.
Two multi-story buildings and an adjacent lot have been transformed into a candy-colored playscape by resident artist Randy Gilson.
Miniature railroad and tiny motorized tableaux of mid-20th century, mid-America life.
Curated by artists Mr. Arm and Velda von Minx, Trundle Manor exhibits dead things in jars, vintage taxidermy, antique medical devices, weaponry, coffins, sculptures and more.
An eclectic collection of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and even a celebrity bicycle.
Built in the 1920s as a luncheonette, then fell into disrepair. Now it's a civic symbol restored to its Jazz Age glory.
A well-funded company museum, devoted to an iconic product that's been collectible for longer than most of us have been alive.
Coal veins burning since 1961, almost all of the buildings and people are gone. Unsafe ground, noxious gases -- be careful.
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub enjoys making burgers bigger than your head, all the way up to the insane 123-pounder.
Not only a historic gallows, but hundreds of bizarre artifacts -- such as a vampire-killing kit -- exhibited in a castle made of concrete.
Evans City, Pennsylvania
The graveyard where the opening scene was filmed from the movie that eventually turned zombies into a pop culture commodity. A zombie fan pilgrimage site.
A nice restaurant, but we visit mainly for the disturbing statue.
20-year old Jennie Wade was baking biscuits when a stray bullet killed her. Tour the house, stick your finger in the bullet hole. Open since 1906.
"World's Foremost Outfitter" is the big box chain of hunting and taxidermy. Free wildlife exhibits.
Bills itself as "the largest museum in the world dedicated solely to the Civil War." Don't miss the bloody battlefield amputation diorama, and a chance to pepper touch screen Abraham Lincoln with questions.
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- Allentown: America on Wheels Museum
- Allenwood: Clyde Peeling's Reptiland
- Allison Park: Fountain of Youth
- Altoona: Oldest Roller Coaster in America [tips]
- Altoona: Castle Halloween Museum [tips]
- Alum Bank: Little Village [tips]
- Ashland: Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine Tour
- Bedford: Coffee Pot-Shaped Building
- Bensalem: Giant Horse Head [tips]
- Bentleyville: Big Jim, Metal Cowboy [tips]
- Bloomsburg: Bill's Old Bike Barn: More Than Bikes [tips]
- Bradford: Zippo Lighter Visitors Center
- Centralia: Centralia Mine Fire
- Centre Hall: Penn's Cave - All-Water [tips]
- Clearfield: World's Largest Hamburgers
- Columbia: National Watch and Clock Museum [tips]
- Coudersport: Coudersport Ice Mine [tips]
- Darlington: Zuverman: World's Largest Bodybuilder [tips]
- Donora: Smog Museum [tips]
- Doylestown: Ronald Reagan Eats Invisible Potato Pancake
- Doylestown: Mercer Museum: Concrete Castle
- Doylestown: Fonthill, Concrete Castle Home
- Erie: Mad Anthony Wayne's Kettle of Death
- Erie: Car Creatures - VW Bug Spider [tips]
- Evans City: Night of the Living Dead Cemetery
- Evans City: Living Dead Museum [tips]
- Frackville: Pioneer Mom with Scary Child
- Gettysburg: Time Warp: Abe Lincoln Meets Perry Como [tips]
- Gettysburg: Jennie Wade, Bread Martyr: See the Bullet Hole
- Gettysburg: Gettysburg Museum of History
- Gettysburg: The Gettysburg Cyclorama [tips]
- Gettysburg: Civil War Tails: Miniature Catfight
- Gettysburg: Gettysburg Dime Museum
- Greensburg: Muffler Man - Football Player [tips]
- Hallam: Haines Shoe House
- Hamburg: Cabela's: High Temple of Taxidermy
- Hanover: The Electric Map [tips]
- Hanover: Potato Chip Tour, Neon Sign [tips]
- Harrisburg: National Civil War Museum
- Hellertown: Lost River Caverns [tips]
- Hershey: Hershey's Chocolate Factory Tour
- Hershey: AACA Museum and Museum of Bus Transportation
- Homer City: Tallest Smokestack in the U.S. [tips]
- Hopwood: Laurel Caverns - Cave Mini Golf
- Hummelstown: Indian Echo Caverns
- Intercourse: Most Stolen Town Signs
- Jim Thorpe: Old Jail Museum [tips]
- Jim Thorpe: Jim Thorpe's Tourist Attraction Grave [tips]
- Johnstown: Johnstown Flood Museum
- Kecksburg: Space Acorn - 1965 UFO
- Kittanning: Muffler Man - Cadet Man [tips]
- Kutztown: Crystal Cave Park
- Kutztown: Tall Gnome and Gnome Tree [tips]
- Lakeville: Chainsaw Ice Sculpture Factory and Ice Harvest Museum [tips]
- Lansford: No. 9 Mine and Museum [tips]
- Lewisberry: Gravity Hill - Ghost Children [tips]
- Ligonier: Story Book Forest [tips]
- Lilly: KKK Kicked Out Monument [tips]
- Linesville: Where the Ducks Walk on the Fish
- Lower Askam: Concrete City [tips]
- Lower Gwynedd: Stoogeum: Three Stooges Museum [tips]
- Meadville: PennDot Road Sign Sculpture Garden [tips]
- Mifflintown: Muffler Man: Chief Merrill [tips]
- Monroeville: Dawn of the Dead Mall [tips]
- Mount Jewett: The Kinzua Viaduct [tips]
- New Oxford: 12-Foot-Tall Krampus [tips]
- Nicholson: Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct - Longest Concrete Railroad Bridge [tips]
- North Braddock: Joe Magarac - Steel Bending Worker [tips]
- Nottingham: Herr's Factory Tour [tips]
- Oaks: American Treasure Tour [tips]
- Oaks: Happy Halfwit Muffler Man [tips]
- Paradise: National Christmas Center [tips]
- Philadelphia: Mutter Museum
- Philadelphia: Old Baldy, Horse Hero Head
- Philadelphia: Mummers Museum
- Philadelphia: Walk-Thru Giant Heart
- Philadelphia: Insectarium
- Philadelphia: St. John Neumann: Saint In Glass
- Philadelphia: Grumman Greenhouse
- Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Tours
- Philadelphia: Giant Ship Hulk - SS United States [tips]
- Philadelphia: Rocky Statue [tips]
- Philadelphia: Magic Garden [tips]
- Philadelphia: Olympia - Last Surviving Spanish-American Warship
- Philadelphia: Laurel Hill Cemetery [tips]
- Philadelphia: President McKinley and Nude Boy
- Philadelphia: Bronze Bodies Emerge From Bronze Wall
- Philadelphia: Prof. Ouch's South Street Odditorium [tips]
- Philadelphia: Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania [tips]
- Phoenixville: Movie Theater From The Blob [tips]
- Pittsburgh: Fredosaurus Rex: Mr. Rogers Dinosaur [tips]
- Pittsburgh: 5,000 Relics in St. Anthony's Chapel
- Pittsburgh: Center for PostNatural History
- Pittsburgh: Randyland
- Pittsburgh: 20-Foot-Tall Steelworkers of Iron
- Pittsburgh: Roboworld
- Pittsburgh: U.S.S. Requin, Cold War Sub
- Pittsburgh: Itty-Bitty Western Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh: Dippy the Dinosaur [tips]
- Pittsburgh: Bicycle Heaven Museum [tips]
- Pottsville: Giant Monument to Loser Henry Clay
- Punxsutawney: Weather Capital of the World
- Punxsutawney: Groundhog Zoo: Home of Punxsutawney Phil
- Reading: The Pagoda
- Rockwood: Muffler Man [tips]
- Saxonburg: Brooklyn Bridge Replica [tips]
- Shartlesville: Roadside America: The Attraction
- Shippensburg: Tiny World
- South Fork: Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center
- Stoystown: Flight 93 Abortion Billboard
- Strasburg: Big Amos, Barefoot Amish Giant
- Swissvale: Trundle Manor - House of Oddities
- Titusville: Drake Well Museum
- Uniontown: Muffler Man [tips]
- University Park: Stuffed Nittany Lion [tips]
- Upper Black Eddy: Ringing Rocks Park [tips]
- Valley Forge: Founding Fathers in Prayer [tips]
- Warminster: The Human Centrifuge
- West Chester: QVC Studio Tour
- West Chester: American Helicopter Museum [tips]
- West Gettysburg: Land of Little Horses Farm Park [tips]
- Wyoming: Queen Esther's Bloody Rock [tips]
- York: USA Weightlifting Hall Of Fame