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Britt, Iowa: Hobo Museum

A museum dedicated to the hobo life and the National Hobo Convention held in Britt each year. Closed 2015, then reopened; now mostly open during the summer.

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) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Hobo Museum.

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]

Hobo Museum in the old Chief Theater.

Hobo Museum

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.

Hobo Convention sign.

Hobo Museum

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.

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