Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Prof. Ouch's South Street Odditorium

A collection of freak show memorabilia that includes a Fiji mermaid, pygmy mummies, shrunken heads, a giant flesh-eating rat, and a midget's boot. Exhibits rotate, so call ahead if you want to be sure your favorite monstrosity is on display.
Address:
720 S. 5th St., Philadelphia, PA
Directions:
On the west side of S. 5th St. between Bainbridge and Monroe Sts. Next to South Street Signs.
Hours:
Th-M 12-8 PM (Call to verify)
Phone:
215-668-0195
Admission:
Free, donations welcomed.
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Odditorium.

Bizarre Bazaar/Professor Ouch's Odditorium

At first this just seems to be your typical hobby and collectibles shop, but when you go inside you discover it's much more. It's a mishmash of nostalgia spanning over a hundred years. Not only that, but it has art, wrestling, monsters, sideshow, carnival, music, vintage pin-up, Tikis, knick-knacks and all sorts of kitschy items. That's just in the first two parts of the shop. In the back there is the Odditorium, a closet of curiosities that includes two-headed creatures, things in jars, and a plethora of freak show/sideshow photos. The owner, Professor Ouch, explains that he set up the store in such a way that the further you go in, the stranger it becomes. He is most definitely someone you want to converse with.

[Idella, 03/30/2014]

Odditorium.

Prof. Ouch's South Street Odditorium

Professor Ouch's South Street Odditorium pays tribute to the storefront Dime Museums of yesteryear with rotating displays, live events, and a collection of freak show memorabilia from many of the famous showmen. There's a Fiji mermaid, pygmy mummies, shrunken heads, a voodoo devil man, a giant flesh-eating rat, a midget's boot, and many more exhibits. And it's free! Philadelphia has a long history of museums and strange attractions.

[prof ouch, 10/10/2012]

Professor Ouch is Joe Shipley, a friendly Philadelphia tattoo artist.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Larry Fine MuralLarry Fine Mural, Philadelphia, PA - < 1 mi.
Mario Lanza MuseumMario Lanza Museum, Philadelphia, PA - < 1 mi.
The Toynbee TilesThe Toynbee Tiles, Philadelphia, PA - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River, NJ - 44 mi.

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