Mecca, California: International Banana Museum

Fruit collecting guy went bananas, then Fred Garbutt bought the collection and became its worthy successor. He opened the museum next to his family's liquor store in November 2012. Over 25,000 banana-theme items.
Address:
98775 Hwy 111, Mecca, CA
Directions:
Nine miles south of Mecca, on the southbound side of Hwy 111. Look for the old-style Skip's Liquor sign; the museum is in the building next to it.
Hours:
F-M 1-5:30 (call for other hrs). Closed Tu-Th (Call to verify)
Phone:
619-840-1429
Admission:
Adults $1.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
Save to My Sights
Mecca, California - New Top Banana At The Banana Museum
International Banana Museum:

When you take over a banana museum, you'd better be ready to wear the banana suit.

[01/10/2013] Complete Story...
Mecca, California - New Owners Hope Banana Museum Will Make Banana Bread
Banana Museum: The next time that someone tells you that newspapers are irrelevant in the Digital Age, tell them that a newspaper just saved The Banana Museum. [04/08/2010] Complete Story...

Visitor Tips and News About International Banana Museum

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Bananas.

International Banana Museum

Delightful surprise! Surreal. We stopped for water at the store after visiting the rather stunning and depressing Salton Sea and Bombay Beach. Couldn't resist poking our heads into the museum. Owner Fred's wife was just plain... bananas, and totally charming.

[Linda W., 02/21/2019]

Banana Museum robot sign.

International Banana Museum

The International Banana Museum is currently only open from 1:00-2:00. Admission cost is $1.00.

[Laurie, 01/08/2019]

Banana items.

International Banana Museum

Whimsical and very kitschy, fun to meander through the museum of all things banana!

[Judi, 10/06/2018]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Lost Desert Camp MonumentLost Desert Camp Monument, Chiriaco Summit, CA - 13 mi.
General Patton Memorial MuseumGeneral Patton Memorial Museum, Chiriaco Summit, CA - 16 mi.
Bombay Beach: Odd ArtBombay Beach: Odd Art, Bombay Beach, CA - 17 mi.
In the region:
Iwo Jima in the Desert, Twentynine Palms, CA - 42 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

June 17, 2019

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

California Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota, Darwin, Minnesota (Jun 17-23, 2019)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Mecca, California

Nightly rates found:

Book Now