Metropolis, Illinois: Americana Hollywood Museum

Honeycombed exhibits wind through a 50,000-square-foot former franchise hardware store. Many outdoor photo-ops enable you to pretend to be a celebrity, or at least to stand next to one.

Americana Hollywood Museum

Address:
108 W. 3rd St., Metropolis, IL
Directions:
Downtown, on the south side of 3rd St. between Ferry and Market Sts. Two blocks south of the Superman statue.
Hours:
May-Sep. only, W-Sa 10-5. (Call to verify)
Phone:
618-940-0091
Admission:
Adults $5.00
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Americana Hollywood Museum

A huge collection of collections, including original costumes, personal items and collectibles of several famous performers. Outside the museum you can pose with the Blues Brothers, a pirate ship, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe statues, pretend you are in the Old West, or stand next to the Kryptonite machine.

[Karie Nora, 08/30/2011]
Americana Hollywood. Americana Hollywood Museum

A vast collection of Hollywood merchandise inside and some fun statues and props outside (the Blues Brothers statue had blackbirds nesting in John Belushi's armpit). My partner and I spent a very pleasant hour or so browsing the collection. Maybe it was the time of year, but we were the only visitors there (I got the impression they opened the doors especially for us!) which added an extra level of intimacy to the experience.

Possibly more impressive than the exhibition itself though is their very well stocked shop of vintage movie merchandise. For a nerdy toy collector like me it was heaven! I came out with a 1979 Captain Kirk action figure, some old Star Wars toys and a considerably lighter wallet...

[Robert Larner, 05/07/2010]

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