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10 Weirdest Museums You Really Should Visit


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Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum
Some of the many ventriloquist figures at the Vent Haven Museum, the only museum of its kind in the world. Vent Haven Museum
Some of the many ventriloquist figures at the Vent Haven Museum, the only museum of its kind in the world. Vent Haven Museum

In what is reportedly the only museum of its kind in the world, more than 800 ventriloquist figures stare glassy-eyed at visitors. The Vent Haven Museum ("vent" is slang for ventriloquist) in Fort Mitchell, Ky., has become a pilgrimage for hobbyists who employ the use of dummies.

William Shakespeare Berger, an amateur ventriloquist (and president of the Cambridge Tile Company), began collecting the figures as a hobby, and allowed visitors and other ventriloquists to stop by his home to see them. After his death in 1972, a museum officially opened in 1973 [source: Vent Haven Museum].

The diverse exhibition includes ventriloquist figures reminiscent of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and a busty blonde named Christine. Displays dedicated to ventriloquists of the past (Edgar Bergen) and present (Jeff Dunham) are also featured [source: Truman].


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