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.
98775 Hwy 111, Mecca, CA
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.
F-M 1-2 (call for other hrs). Closed Tu-Th (Call to verify)
Adults $1.
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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]

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International Banana Museum

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

[Judi, 10/06/2018]

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International Banana Museum

Of all the wonderful roadside distractions I've seen so far, this place is without question the top banana. It's so fantastically surreal. There you are, driving along the derelict area adjacent to the Salton Sea, and attached to a liquor store is this little yellow shack, the International Banana Museum. You could pass by this gem without noticing (as we did!).

Stepping inside, out of the heat, you are greeted by an overwhelming scent of bananas, the best shakes, and an incredible assortment of banana stuff! (My personal favorite is the puzzle.) Fred Garbutt [the owner] is an awesome character and ya gotta try the chocolate-dipped banana bread on a stick. I've gone bananas -- now my favorite color is yellow! It's fitting that this museum is in Mecca, because it should be a pilgrimage site for all roadside weirdness connoisseurs!

[Tiptop, 03/15/2016]

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