Did you know that there is a toilet seat museum? It was created and filled by Barney Smith of San Antonio, Texas. Barney adds to his collection continuously and it has developed into his full-time job at the young age of 89 (born 1921).
The lids are decorated with historic items (ash from Mt. St. Helens, piece of the Space Shuttle Challenger), memorable items (his 60 wedding anniversaries, mother’s jewelry and buttons), and fun decorations which are all donated. Each lid is numbered, photographed and cataloged with documentation of who sent the donated materials and a description which includes the inspiration for the art piece.
His organization skills, I would say, are quite impressive considering everything is labeled!
Mom, I thought I would make something like the center lid for your gift on Mother’s Day!
I find them all to be quite fun and some of them totally hilarious.
The museum, which is located in Barney’s garage, house nearly nine hundred of his original hand-carved, decorated and painted toilet lids. The visitors of the museum are from fifty states in the United States and sixty-four countries. He expects that there will be at least 1,000 visitors who will drop in this year to see his collection. There are not any set hours for the museum. If the garage door is open, so is the museum. If it is closed, you’ll have to call to make an appointment because as Barney said, “I get so tired until I’ll be a drilling in somebody’s name and I will drop my drill onto the toilet seat and I’ll pick it up, and rub my eyes and wake up and get busy. I’ll work a few more hours before I ever turn off the light and go to bed.”
Address: 239 Abiso, Alamo Heights, TX 78209-5103
Price of Admission: 0.00