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America's Strangest Museums

Bananas, bad art, and barbed wire are among the quirky collections on proud display.

Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum, Fort Mitchell, KY

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The dummy of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (father of actress Candice Bergen) is among the 750 googly-eyed specimens from 20 countries on display at the world’s only ventriloquist museum. It was founded in 1910 by amateur vent William Shakespeare Berger. If ventriloquists and their sidekicks give you the creeps, this museum may give you a new appreciation for the art of the talking doll. Open by appointment, May through September. venthavenmuseum.com

America's Strangest Museums

Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum, Fort Mitchell, KY

The dummy of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (father of actress Candice Bergen) is among the 750 googly-eyed specimens from 20 countries on display at the world’s only ventriloquist museum. It was founded in 1910 by amateur vent William Shakespeare Berger. If ventriloquists and their sidekicks give you the creeps, this museum may give you a new appreciation for the art of the talking doll. Open by appointment, May through September. venthavenmuseum.com

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