Named for the president of the early Lincoln Telephone Company, the Frank H. Woods aims to educate the public on the history of telephones and the industry through interesting displays that involves, of course, lots of telephones! This is certainly a neat way to see how far our technology has come over the past decades. 2047 M Street. Sun, 1pm-4pm. Admission is free.
The Early Television Museum gives you the opportunity to look at how television has made its way through history. TV sets from the early 1900’s through the rest of the century can be found here, and better yet, many of them still work! See yourself as you would have appeared back in the 30’s on an old flying spot scanner camera. The museum helps preserve historic technology and educates visitors while still being able to entertain. 5396 Franklin Street, Hilliard, OH, 43026. Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm. Weekdays, appointment only.
This museum is unique in that it is a walk-by museum that displays restored antique cars and gas station memorabilia from earlier years. Not only does the museum contain interesting artifacts, but the museum itself is actually an old 1930’s Standard Oil Filling Station. 605 South Street Lafayette, IN 47903. Walk by any time.
The Antique Car Museum has a collection of over 70 cars on display from as far back as 1899. In addition, there is a replica of a 20th century Skelly Gas Station and a model train display for visitors to look at while touring the museums expansive location. 860 Quarry Road, Coralville, IA 52241. Tues-Sat, 10am-5 pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm.
It is very fitting that Cornhusker Nation boasts an awesome tractor museum. The Larsen Tractor Museum, which is right on the University’s campus, contains numerous exhibits dedicated to the innovations of farming mechanization that have led to advancements in the field. Not only is this only a museum, but tractors are still tested in the facility today. Lincoln Avenue-East Campus, Lincoln. Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4pm; Sat, 10am-2pm.
What started in 1988 with only 10 pieces of barbering equipment has now grown into a collection of thousands of barber tools and relics that date back for centuries. On display in the museum you can find tonic bottles, shaving mugs, barber chairs, razors, and many more interesting items used by barbers from every area of the country. 2/12 South High Street Canal Winchester, OH 43110. Tours by appointment only.
The National Museum of Roller Skating is sure to bring back memories of roller skating as kids. The museum has tons of roller skating memorabilia including thousands of rollers skates from different time periods and historic medals, trophies, and videos from some of the best roller skaters over years. Maybe a visit to the museum will even motivate you to pick up the hobby again! 4730 South Street, Lincoln, NE 68506. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.
The Mill City Museum is located in what was once the world’s largest flour mill in Minneapolis, located along the Mississippi River. Visitors can learn about the history of the flour industry, the city of Minneapolis, and much more. Its large venue will give adults and children alike a great way to stretch their legs after watching a Golden Gophers game! 704 South 2nd St., Minneapolis. Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm.
The Grosse Point Lighthouse was constructed in the 1800’s due to an increase of ship traffic on Lake Michigan going into Chicago. Climb to the top for a view of the Chicago skyline and the shores of Lake Michigan. Explore the keepers quarters, outbuildings, passageways, and fuel rooms. Central and Sheridan. Grounds open daily. Guided tours June-Sept, Sat & Sun, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm.
Inside the Science Museum of Minnesota you’ll find some strange and unusual medical devices. If you want to find out more about your personality, have the bumps on your head measured by one of the machines to give you an exact reading, or maybe use the shoe-fitting x-ray device to figure out if your size is really right. These are only a few of some of the weird medical equipment found in this museum. 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102. Daily 9:30am-9:30pm.
The adults-only Kinsey Institute serves as a research institute for sex, gender, and reproduction on Indiana University’s campus, and a place of learning for the public as well. Galleries of artwork address issues in sexual politics, romantic relationships, the human body and much more. 1165 East 3rd Street, Bloomington. Mon-Fri, 1:30pm-5:00pm.
Topping my list is the one of a kind American Toby Jug Museum in Evanston. For those of you who are not familiar, Toby Jugs are modeled after famous characters from as early as the 1700’s. Started by Stephen Mullins over 60 years ago, the collection has become the largest in the world. 910 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Tue & Thur, 10am-4pm, or by appointment.