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Courtesy of The National Museum of Roller Skating

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

The National Museum of Roller Skating, Lincoln, NE

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Housing the world’s largest collection of roller skates, this free museum pays tribute to shoes that move and the sports they spawned. The oldest pair dates back to 1819, but perhaps the most memorable is the 1956 pair of gas-powered roller skates. With a 19-pound gasoline motor strapped on the back, it allowed some brave soul to roll up to 40 miles an hour. Permanent exhibits dedicated to inline, figure, hockey, speed, and roller derby sports feature photographs, costumes, and video footage. And 1,500 archival books and periodicals on skating are here for your perusal. rollerskatingmuseum.com

America's Strangest Museums

The National Museum of Roller Skating, Lincoln, NE

Housing the world’s largest collection of roller skates, this free museum pays tribute to shoes that move and the sports they spawned. The oldest pair dates back to 1819, but perhaps the most memorable is the 1956 pair of gas-powered roller skates. With a 19-pound gasoline motor strapped on the back, it allowed some brave soul to roll up to 40 miles an hour. Permanent exhibits dedicated to inline, figure, hockey, speed, and roller derby sports feature photographs, costumes, and video footage. And 1,500 archival books and periodicals on skating are here for your perusal. rollerskatingmuseum.com

Courtesy of The National Museum of Roller Skating
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