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Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum

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Columbus, Texas

Mary Elizabeth Youens Hopkins began her Santa Claus collection in 1913 -- when she was only six months old -- and only stopped in 1990 because she died. More than 3,500 are on display in her museum -- a small house -- filled with figurines, music boxes, dolls, dishes, ornaments, and Santa photos, as well as Santa art by Norman Rockwell, Thomas Nast, and a complete collection of Haddon Sundblom Coca-Cola Santas.

From the brochure: "The merriment begins as you pull the nose of the Santa door bell and listen as the tune 'Santa Claus is coming to Town,' echoes onto Washington Street."

Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum

604 Washington, Columbus, TX
Corner of Washington & Bowie Sts. Opening museum requires a volunteer from the Visitor's Info Center (across from the Confederacy Museum water tower) to come out, unlock, turn on the air conditioning, and dust the cabinets.
By appt. Call ahead at least 24 hrs. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $2.
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