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Super Museum

 
The Super Museum preserves and showcases an array of Superman collectables and information for the education and enjoyment of visitors and fans of the Man of Steel. Among the items are virtually every Superman toy ever produced, props from the Christopher Reeve movies and one of the only George Reeves Superman costumes still in existence.
Address: Metropolis, IL, 62960    
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In Superman's home town, Metropolis, across the street from the statue of the Man of Steel, sprawls the Super Museum. It is stuffed with over 20,000 items relating to the 60+ year old Superman saga. The Super Museum is the life's work of Jim Hambrick, who also owns the overstuffed Superman souvenir and collectibles store you must pass through to reach the museum entrance. Jim has been actively collecting since 1959, and now owns over 100,000 Superman items.
The museum opened on Superman Square in 1993. The place is a dense assemblage of collectibles, movie props, superman products, and promotional materials. There are costumed mannequins, theater lobby cards, posters, and thousands of toys and plastic figures. It's organized around particular eras and portrayals of Superman, spanning TV, movies, and comics; and is changed frequently, to encourage repeat visits. Jim points out the phone booth used by Kirk Alyn, the first man to portray Superman on film. The George Reeves Era display exhibits his original color costume. His costume for the black and white TV era, actually brown and gray, is also here. George Reeves' original "flying pan" from 1951-53 was suspended from the ceiling - the torso-molded special effects device that allowed Superman to fly on TV. The pan was attached under his costume, then he was lifted by crane, and hurled by cityscape sets and landscapes. Flying pan technology was abandoned after a mishap where the cable broke, dropping the actor 16 feet onto the set floor. Later Supermen flew courtesy of a "Blue Screen" or computer effects. There are many rare pieces from the Superman films, including the Kryptonian crystal that helped Christopher Reeve create the Fortress of Solitude. There are also sections devoted to the side players - Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White.
The Super Museum appears to be doing well; it gets about 200 visitors a day. The museum has received many honors as well including being awarded "#1 Small Town Attraction In America". If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Metropolis, be sure to stop by the museum for some superfun for the entire Family.
Each Second Full Weekend in June, the City of Metropolis IL, the “Home of Superman” celebrates their Favorite Son, Superman with this fun and festive celebration. During the past 30 celebrations the crowds have grown to over 30,000 flocking to the only town in America that is officially known as the "Home of Superman."
Open 7 days a week from 9am - 5pm.

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517 Market Street Metropolis, IL, 62960

Website: Super Museum  The Super Museum preserves and showcases an array of Superman collectables and information for the education and enjoyment of visitors and fans.

 
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