Dime museums are a dying breed. Pexchos American Dime Museum is the last of its kind in America. The concept of these types of museums is to create a specialty collection of oddities. Weird, eccentric, freakish, and very strange things.
Pexchos is the only place you’re ever going to set your eyes on a collection that’s so out there that it’s extremely hard to believe these things exist. Like a dead and dried fish that’s carved to shape and decorated, then sold to tourists under the pretence of it being a real sea monster or an alien that’s been caught.
The Pexchos American Dime Museum is one of those interesting assortments of weird and strange. The owner is Peter Excho and he takes visitors around the museum explaining what the items are, what they were used for, and explains how things were made in the past.
There is history in the museum, but you need the stomach to look past the gory bits. Like a guitar made from a human skull with the horns of a ram stuck on, then cat/kit gut wire attached to make a guitar.
Other peculiar items you can find at Pexcho
- Dice made of human bone
- Victorian stuffed animals that were given away as prizes at carnivals. These were made with paper mache, but the coats would be real animal hair. Some in the collection have cat teeth inserted to increase the realism of stuffed animals.
Throughout the displays, you’ll constantly be amazed at the things you see that you wouldn’t expect to be in a museum like an albino squirrel or the foot of a hippo, or a gigantic lobster claw… all things you can find at Pexchos.
Prepare for a rollercoaster of emotions. Puzzlement, confusion, disbelief, and sometimes, outright disturbing.
Within the museum, there’s also a coffee bar serving 10 of world’s rarest coffees, a venue hire for specialty weddings, and live shows of circus side acts of sword swallowing, glass-walking, staplegun stunts such a stapling money to their body etc.
Tours are provided by the owner who has a knack for storytelling, a talent for showmanship, and it’s suited to all ages. Fun for all the family!