Britt, Iowa: Hobo MuseumA museum dedicated to the hobo life and the National Hobo Convention held in Britt each year. Closed 2015, then reopened, but it may close again.
- 51 Main Ave. S., Britt, IA
- Downtown, in the old Chief Theater. On the east side of Main Ave. S. between Center and 1st Sts.
- Call ahead; hours uncertain. (Call to verify)
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Hobo Museum and Hobo Memorial Garden
The Hobo Museum is pretty awesome! They've got a full collection of real hobo jackets, walking sticks, folk art, etc., as well as a mock-up hobo fire pit and hobo theater. Directly across the street from the Hobo Museum is the Hobo Memorial Garden. It features a plaque with all the names of the past Hobo Queens, a Hobo Time Capsule, a Grave of the Unknown Hobo, and attractive little metal "Hobo Sign" markers amidst the flowers.[K Spindler, 08/17/2015]
The museum hasn't moved yet and is open 9-5. They are searching for funding to build their new museum across the street. Hobo Convention week shows 20,000 people show up for the festivities on the second weekend in August.[Frank Kelley, 07/10/2006]
Oct. 2014: Photo added (Museum is still in the movie theater.) July 2007: Kimberle Brown sez "New museum is still not open -- it is still located in the movie theatre." Dec 2006 - "Rich" alerts us that the "King of the Hobos," Maurice Graham, just died in late November at the age of 89.
A museum dedicated to the hobo life and the NationalHobo Convention held each year in this town.[Curt Gast, 04/29/2001]
Unfortunately, we passed though during the hobo off-season. The current museum is in an old movie theater. They are scheduled to open a new museum in 2003. The Hobo convention is the second week in August. Hobo Jungle is a public park with an old railroad boxcar, where hobos and hobo wannabes can hang out.