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Cathedral of Junk

Address: 4422 Lareina Dr., Austin, TX
Phone Number: 512 299 7413
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Ranked #71 of 401 things to do in Austin
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks

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Murrells Inlet, SC
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149 reviews 149 reviews
38 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Went here, and was very disappointed. Turns out it's the backyard of a private home! You have to call first to actually be allowed in the yard to see it. Wish that were more clear. From what I could see from the street... I would not go back. Too many other fun and interesting things to see in Austin. I... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

First, make sure you call and make an appointment. Vince was extremely friendly on the phone and in person. We didn't know what to expect but we love off-beat attractions so we had to give it a whirl. We were greeted by Vince, the owner, and his friendly dog, Smokey. Before we began to browse the grounds, Vince shared his... More 

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Munster, Indiana
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222 reviews 222 reviews
78 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

So, for $10 and rudely not calling for a reservation we entered the backyard of a 30 year old moutain of someones recycled art. Climb to the top and admire items from your garage sales, childhood, past. Very cool!

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Austin, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I recently took a friend who was visiting Austin to see the Cathedral of Junk, and I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first time I went a couple of years ago. He's constantly adding on to his work, so it's like a living piece of art you can watch as it matures. I plan... More 

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Austin, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

You just have to see it to believe it - typical Austin weirdness that is absolutely fantastic! Occasionally, the owner will allow tours, and he used to let people have private parties there. It's worth a look, even if you just drive by.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I would go back and send all my friends here. Reminds me of the Grinch's home. A bit bizzare walkng u to a strangers house but was comfortable once in. Highly recommend. Do call ahead and it is $10 per group.

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New York City, New York
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179 reviews 179 reviews
131 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I would recommend calling in advance to see the Cathedral. It is self owned and the owner lives in the house located in front of the Cathedral. My husband called on a Sunday morning and the owner told him that we were unable to see the Cathedral that day. I (female) called the next day and he said we could... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This place is in a guy's backyard. He has been building it or adding to it for 20 plus years. When we showed up there were several signs that said "appointment only" but we paid $10 to the guy and he let us go in. I'm not sure how you set up an appointment since this guy's phone number is... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Amazing opportunity for an exercise in nastalgia ("hey, I had one of those") as well as a glimpse of some possible post-apocalyptic vision. And more. Gets one thinking about all the "junk" that's been in our lives (and what happens to it all??!) as well as begging the question, "Did we ever need all this stuff in the first place?"... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The has spent 25 years collecting junk and has created an awesome display of creativity. It's like walking through a time portal, seeing things from different eras. The guy does ask for a small donation which is reasonable since it is his backyard.

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