In the late 1800's many wealthy people in Europe started collecting odd
and eccentric items from around the world. Most placed these oddities
in cabinets later referred to as cabinets of curiosities. Eventually
people started showcasing their oddities in traveling road shows.
Eventually as time passed in the United States people started opening
up their 'dime museums' in the back of their small town storefronts to
entice the public to view their strange and unusual collections.
In recent years the traveling circuses showcasing these oddities
have vanished and so have the small town dime museums. To keep
the tradition alive, we have brought our collection of strange, unusual,
and odd objects from around the world to the
Bisbee Mini Museum of the Bizarre.