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Q: Worldest Smallest Museum ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Worldest Smallest Museum
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: uzzz-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 30 May 2005 21:41 PDT
Expires: 29 Jun 2005 21:41 PDT
Question ID: 527557

Museum: A building, place, or institution devoted to the acquisition,
conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of
objects having scientific, historical, or artistic value.

How small would a *roofed* museum have to be to qualify as the
'World's Smallest Museum'? Please give the dimensions of the current/reigning
'world's smallest museum'(s)

Thank you

Subject: Re: Worldest Smallest Museum
Answered By: clouseau-ga on 30 May 2005 22:20 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello uzzz,

Thank you for your question.

AOL's cityguide for Phoneix claims that the world's smallest museum is
a local attarction of theirs:

"Every small town in America seems to boast some attention-getting
attraction that aims to give it an identity. Yet while most
attractions claim "the world's largest something-or-other," Superior
boasts the World's Smallest Museum. A mere 134 square feet, with five
exhibits on each side of a central hallway, the pint-sized museum
showcases "artifacts of ordinary life," such as a 1984 Compaq computer
encased in glass. Simplicity, subtlety and a touch of humor make old
kitchen items, historical documents, Geronimo's keepsakes, mining
articles and political exhibits stand out. And as small as it is, the
museum has a big reputation for housing Arizona's largest Apache Tear,
a brown gemstone that looks like a ball of natural glass more
scientifically known as a "merikinite obsidian nodule." -- Michael
Brennan  (Photo: Courtesy of World's Smallest Museum)"

You will find their own home page here:


"Q: Just how small is World's Smallest Museum?

A: Our roadside attraction is a mere 134 square feet under roof and
subdivided into 10 glass enclosed display booths, 5 on each side of
the tiny building. A walkway down the middle through the length of the
museum leaves only 80 square feet to display artifacts!

Q: Where is World's Smallest Museum?

A: World's Smallest Museum is located in central Arizona on historic
US 60 in Superior, Arizona. It is about 65 miles East of Phoenix and
25 West of Globe, Arizona.

Q: How much does it cost to visit World's Smallest Museum?

A: It is FREE! How many roadside attractions can say that! However, we
hope you will like it enough to donate a dollar or two. Small museums
need love too!

Q: When is World's Smallest Museum open?

A: This roadside attraction is open everyday except Tuesday 8am to
1:30pm MST (Summer Hours)..."

The Book of Joe claims another is the world's smallest, but offers no
dimensions to back it up:

World's smallest museum - Musée-Placard d'Erik Satie

It was the long-time home home of the great 20th-century composer.

Located at 6, rue Cortot, 75018 Paris, France

Telephone: 42 78 15 18

There is precious little about this online and no dimensions at all.

However, this page claims that the Arizona museum is certified to be
the world's smallest:

And to add further credibility, agrees:

Now, funomena claims to have the world's smallest MOBILE musem:

Another site describes is as:

"The world's smallest museum on wheels featuring 13 mind-boggling
exhibits of the weird and strange! See Real Elvis Hair, the Amazing
Weeping Icon and Alien Abduction Evidence. A site not to miss!..."

Though I could not find actual dimensions, it appears just slightly
larger than the average bath tub.

Be that as it may, dozens and dozens of sites, including some in
Israel -  seem to agree that the Arizona museum is is the official
world's smallest.

Search Strategy:

"World's Smallest Museum"

Fun search - thank you. I trust this provides the information that you
desired. If a link above should fail to work or anything require
further explanation or research, please do post a Request for
Clarification prior to rating the answer and closing the question and
I will be pleased to assist further.


uzzz-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.50
Thank you for your quick answer.

Subject: Re: Worldest Smallest Museum
From: clouseau-ga on 31 May 2005 06:22 PDT
And thank you for the rating and tip, uzzz.



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