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.
720 S. 5th St., Philadelphia, PA
On the west side of S. 5th St. between Bainbridge and Monroe Sts. Next to South Street Signs.
Th-M 12-8 PM (Call to verify)
Free, donations welcomed.
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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]


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.

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Diggerland USA, West Berlin, NJ - 15 mi.

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