World’s Smallest Museum

August 27, 2014
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The Worlds's Smallest Museum at Superior, Arizona
An unusual roadside attraction dedicated to the artifacts of everyday life

North America is home to many unique and unusual museums. In Superior, Arizona you’ll find a roadside attraction called The World’s Smallest Museum.

Superior is approximately 60 miles east of Phoenix on U.S. 60. Superior is an old mining town. Just outside of town is Boyce Thompson Arboretum, which is what brought me into town.

The World’s Smallest Museum is dedicated to the artifacts of everyday life. Inside the 134 square foot building is one aisle with display cases on either side.

Displays at the World's Smallest Museum

Displays at the World’s Smallest Museum

More artifacts can be found outside the building in what initially looks like a pile of junk. The outside pieces focus on the working man with particular emphasis on the miner. Sculptures have been created from the working man’s tools.

Some of the outdoor collection at the World's Smallest Museum

Some of the outdoor collection

Bucket at the World's Smallest Museum

Hard Labor Fall sculpture made of old wheelbarrows - at the World's Smallest Museum

Tire sculpture at the World's Smallest Museum

Picnic area at World's Smallest Museum in Superior, Arizona

Picnic table in shade at edge of property

The World’s Smallest Museum is generally open from 8 am to 1:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday.

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    Doreen Pendgracs
    August 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Oh, wow, Donna! My husband would absolutely love this museum! Have you visited the Museums of Western Development in Western Canada? Several in SK and AB. They’re like this place only at least 10x larger!

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      Donna Janke
      September 2, 2014 at 9:26 am

      I have not been to any of the Museums of Western Development and didn’t know about them. I looked them up and they seem like they’d be fun to visit. Thanks Doreen.

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    Christine @thetraveloguer
    September 2, 2014 at 5:28 am

    I love this Donna! I love how the US has so many unique tourist attractions! 🙂

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      Donna Janke
      September 2, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Christine. I wonder sometimes how the ideas for some of the attractions came to be.

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