World's Largest Small Electric Appliance Museum

World's Largest Small Electric Appliance Museum

World's Largest Small Electric Appliance Museum
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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One man's epic collection of small electric appliances, available for viewing at no charge during business hours. 7,000+ small electric appliances, including percolator coffee pots, waffle irons, hot plates, blenders, mixers, razors, hair dryers, popcorn poppers, and fans well organized and on display in this museum.
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Foodpoet
Yukon, OK1,429 contributions
Sep 2021
Looking for unusual roadside attractions for a long trip, I discovered this hidden gem inside JR's Western Wear store. The giant store proved to be interesting in itself with the hundreds of boots on display as well as everything western including saddles and cowboy accessories. But we missed seeing a sign for the museum

The gal directed us to a doorway we missed that led to another whole world as the museum encompasses several adjoining buildings for the thousands or appliances. We were fortunate owner and creator Richard was there tinkering with things and he gave us insight into some of the appliances.

After years of traveling the country finding small appliances, age has slowed his pace down to maintaining the museum. It is a free attraction. But If you can be there when he is there, his stories are priceless. He can also point out some one of a kind contraptions he's bought over the years that may be one of a kind for displaying.

This is an adventure suitable for the whole family and the price is right. It is a chance to reminisce or wonder about how these affected daily life.
It was a wonderful discovery for us
Written October 26, 2021
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Aug 2020
Wow. Just wow. As far as collections of small appliances go, this one is definitely the largest I've ever seen. I was a bit disappointed by the lack of vacuum cleaners, but the hot dog electrocution device completely made up for that. Also, there's a talking Mr. Peanut that I can verify works. But don't get too excited because it doesn't give out any peanuts. :(
Written August 16, 2020
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iwanttoseeamerica
Saint Louis, MO432 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
OMG this place is amazing. I could really care less about antique small appliances and this museum blew. my. mind.

There are so many unusual, unique and pristine appliances, including and electric lunch box, super cool fans, a stand mixer with triple beaters, electrocuted hot dog server, porcelain toasters ornately painted like fine china, peculators, razors, hair dryers and much more. Some items we were not even sure what they are. I have included one item in my photos, if you know what it is please let me know- I'm dying to find out its use.

I think she said there were over 7000 pieces, but everything is superbly organized and grouped by collections. This was the collection of one man ! and he so lovingly saved a couple of cases for his wife's collection of knick knacks and odds and ends.

This is a self guided museum.

We spent about an hour which was enough time for us, but you could easily spend 2-3 hours with no problem.

I'm telling ya this is one of the coolest and interesting places I've seen in a long time.

We took a short detour from rt 66 and its only about 2-3 miles from 44.

It is connected to JR boot store, enter the store and ask at the register to see the museum. No fee, but we left a donation.

The boot store is pretty cool if you like western wear and boots and they were very friendly.
Written October 22, 2016
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Susan D
Prague, Czech Republic228 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
On our way to George Washington Carver's Museum, we stopped at JR's Western Store to see the appliance museum which is located inside the western store. The western store is quite large and carries a nice array of western clothes, boots, etc. The museum is not part of the store, but is located inside the store. Admission is free. The museum was larger than I expected and was a lot of fun to see. The older you are, the more you will appreciate the old appliances. There are about a million old toasters which are actually works of art--unlike the plastic things today. The museum also has old mixers, hair dryers, curling irons, coffee pots--really anything with a plug that was used in a home. I commented that I would bet money that most of the old appliances still work, too! If you find yourself in the southwest corner of Missouri, stop at JR's Western store and see the museum. (There are no restrooms available, but there is a gas station next door.) Then, head down the highway another 7 miles to see George Washington Carver's museum and home.
Written May 16, 2019
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John P
Carthage, MO8 contributions
Dec 2016
Amazing collection of small electric appliances in this obscure location. Reminded me of a trip to the Chicago World's Fair Modern Living display from the 1930's that is now nostalgic history. See other review for a list of the kinds of items. Neat and WELL organized. Worth the trip!
Written December 26, 2016
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Odyssey296356
Springfield, MO1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Friends
We so enjoyed meeting Richard and Janice!! Richard gave us a private tour of his amazing small appliance museum!! What a priceless and extensive collection he has!! A must see!!
Written January 26, 2020
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Rcf406
Saint Louis, MO15 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Nice little hidden gem, tucked away in the back of the store. Was amazed at the almost mind numbing variety of toasters. Well worth seeing just to say you have been there.
Written February 27, 2019
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Cathie H
40 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
This little museum is free to visit and houses a menagerie of appliances. Toasters to blow dryers from days gone by.
Written October 6, 2018
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Rita M
Lee's Summit, MO117 contributions
May 2018
I am in the bank travel business. I take senior citizens on bus tours. On May 16th I took a group to southwest Missouri to visit the George Washington Carver National Monument. In doing my research for this trip I found the World's Largest Small Electric Appliance Museum. A very unique museum! It is in back of a Western Wear store and was much bigger than I expected. It brought back lots of memories for my group. The museum contained so many unique appliances. The museum tales donations. If you are in this area I would highly recommend this museum. It is really different and very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend for senior citizen tour bus groups.
Written July 4, 2018
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dinkydog99
Indiana102 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
I was greeted warmly by the staff at JR's Western Store where the museum is located. I was taken back to the museum and allowed to browse as long as I wanted on my own. It was fun to go down memory lane. I remembered some of the items but not many. Items are nicely presented. It's worth a stop.
Written October 29, 2017
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World's Largest Small Electric Appliance Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM