About the Museum

It was 1996 when two friends, Dan Wight and Jake Reaney, decided to collect a few interesting possessions, sort through their personal treasures, and create the perfect lure to get folks to pull off the highway and into the Buckboard City Cafe parking lot. Now, the World’s Smallest Museum has gained a reputation as one of the cutest and quirkiest pit-stops you can make driving on iconic Highway 60. This unofficial web page strives to honor this fun, quirky museum.

The museum is little more than a tiny barn or shed, with a few modest exhibits that manage to split themselves into ten different sections in the tiny shelter. The glass panels on each section cover some truly charming artefacts from American history- The Beatles, the American Wild West, previous presidents, and more major and minor figures from pop culture and history combine to make a truly compelling little experience- indeed, the guys were resourceful in making their idea more than just a cheap gimmick; it is actually a very charming little museum.

Beyond the pop culture scraps and other such oddities, there is one actual attraction which draws the attention of many. In the World’s Smallest Museum rests the world’s largest Apache Tear- ironic, right? The Apache Tear is a naturally-forming stone which has a reputation for bringing good luck!

Speaking of record-breakers, the museum has managed to have gathered the world’s largest “fake Zippo lighter” as well. Not quite as impressive as the Apache Tear, but a world record nonetheless… Two world records in one tiny museum is not so bad, right!?

Among all of this is a range of old typewriters, buttons, scraps of paper, clippings, posters, and letters. It’s truly a sight to behold, and nobody we’ve known has regretted stopping and taking a few minutes to take it all in.

It doesn’t take long to enter, see the whole thing, and exit, and the charm remains every subsequent visit. Even though the contents of the museum rarely change, the items become familiar in a beautiful way, and it is usually right about the time in the drive where getting out of the vehicle, stretching your legs, and getting a bit of a distraction is extremely valuable.

Again, the museum is free of charge, but there is a donation box with a “Suggested Donation” of one single dollar. In our humble opinion, the effort to put this all together and keep it up with such care is worth every penny of that dollar and more.