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Fruit Jar Man Dies; Museum Closed

Fruit Jar Museum.Phil Robinson, collector and owner of the World’s Only Fruit Jar Museum, Muncie, Indiana died today. The timing is eerie — we’d just heard over the weekend Phil had decided to close his museum and have a friend sell off the 4,000 piece collection via eBay and auctions (an estimated value of $300k). We’d hoped the museum would be preserved (ha), but it seems it was a product of Phil’s personal passion that defied the bottling attempts of others.

The Fruit Jar Museum had some ups and downs in the last several years, closing and then opening again. Phil, 85, finally decided to call it quits because of his struggle with prostate cancer. He got his museum affairs in order just in time…

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