Mecca, California: International Banana Museum (Closed)

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. Banana Robot outside served as photo-op and sign.

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:
2020-2022: Closed during pandemic, future TBD.
Status:
Closed
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International Banana Museum

The Banana Museum looks like it's been closed for a while. The sign is gone, and the building is boarded up.

[Amy Hyde, 11/23/2021]

The museum closed "temporarily" at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Its 25,000 banana relics may still be inside, awaiting a banana-safe epoch.

International Banana Museum

Not open until mid-October. So sad. But admission is only $1.00. Support these local treasures.

[Vic Davis, 08/24/2021]

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]

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