San Antonio, Texas: Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum
- 239 Abiso Ave., San Antonio, TX
- Due south of the airport. I-410 exit 22. South on Broadway a little over two miles. At 6021 Broadway (Jefferson State Bank) bear right onto Townsend Ave., then make the second right onto Abiso Ave. Drive two blocks, then make a right on Arbutus St. The address is 239 Abiso, but the garage is around the corner on Arbustus.
- Call first, please give Barney enough time to get ready. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- The Best
For over 50 years Barney Smith, retired master plumber, has turned toilet seats into works of art. He creates in his garage, and loves visitors. Barney turns 93 in 2014. At last count he had completed 1,069 toilet seats. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [06/10/2013]
Visitor Tips and News About Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum
Barney Smith just might be the most adorable old man ever. Skip the Alamo -- this is where the real heart of San Antonio lives. I literally could have stayed and listened to Barney Smith talk all day long. He is so proud of his little talk show video that he asks you to watch. And I hope that you geocache or letterbox, because he will tell you how he became part of those communities and insist that you check in. He will tell you about any toilet seat that you look at, and each of them come with such a fantastic story.[Danielle O, 09/08/2013]
Had a lovely visit with Barney Smith. Signed my Tennessee license plate and his state guest book. I found him to be warm, funny, and charming. I could have visited all day, but he was working on a 15th year Pooch Parade seat. He wanted RoadsideAmerica.com to know that he will be 92 in May and that he has completed 1,062 toilet seats. My favorite seat was the Wizard of Oz; his favorite is, "When Earth's Last Picture is Painted." I recommend this stop for everyone.[celia rodgers, 04/15/2013]
We were in San Antonio and decided to check it out. We were not disappointed! Barney Smith has hundreds of toilet seats. He can tell you about each and every one of them. We even were able to sign our names in our "state" and he was going to etch it into the seat. Good roadside attraction![Francesca, 07/23/2009]
This cool museum was the third stop on our "2009 Tour of Weirdness." Barney has created works of art from over 800 toilet seat lids so far. Each toilet seat (toilet seat LID, to be precise), has been made into a work of art using a variety of media, such as paint, engraving, photos, and various other pieces of memorabilia stuck in place. The subject matter covers historical events, newsworthy happenings, worldwide travels, hobbies, life events, and celebrities (both famous and "not so famous").
Barney Smith's tribute to the "King of Pop" was created on the day of Michael Jackson's passing. Just give him a call and tell him you're coming. He'll be thrilled to see you.[Lis, 07/16/2009]
Nearby Offbeat Places
- Kiddie Park - Oldest Children's Amusement Park, San Antonio, TX - 2 mi.
- Wooden Nickel Museum and Giant Wooden Nickel, San Antonio, TX - 2 mi.
- Pig Stand - Last Vestige of First Drive-In Restaurant, San Antonio, TX - 3 mi.
- In the region: Big Metal Rooster, Fredericksburg, TX - 67 mi.