The Collectors’ Corner Museum in Idaho Falls, ID, is the passion project of retired Tupperware salesfolk Nida and Jim Gyorfy. The world’s most adorable couple (seriously, look at those two!) has been married more than 50 years. In that time, they amassed a staggering range of toys, dolls, stamps, teacups, coins and bills (including Boardwalk Empire-sized funny money, printed before 1928), military uniforms, license plates, hubcaps, and other vintage bric-à-brac.
More than 100 separate collections fill the 5,000-square-foot space, offering visitors a century-spanning crash course in American pop culture. Remember Bob Mackie’s expensive AF fantasy Barbie gowns? Collectors’ Corner has a room filled with them, plus other Mattel originals. How about those collect-’em-all Beanie Babies from McDonald’s? They’re behind Plexiglass, joined by faddish blasts from the past like Troll Dolls, Matchbox Across America cars, and rare Pez dispensers. Star Wars, Harry Potter, Disney—everything has its place.
The Gyorfys themselves are funny, joyful, and very outgoing. They’ll be delighted that you stopped by and even happier to walk you through the highlights of their little museum. (Jim is a little hard of hearing, FYI, so use your outdoor voice!) Admission is just a few bucks and there is a small gift shop with museum rejects selling for a pittance. When you’re there, be sure to ask the couple about their other hobby. It involves dressing up like Western gunslingers and competing in quick-draw contests. Only in Idaho, friends.
900 John Adams Pkwy., Idaho Falls, ID; 208-528-9900.