International Banana Museum

The International Banana Museum, in Mecca, CA, boasts that it's the home of "25,000 banana-related items and pictures."

I think the location of the museum is odder than the idea of the museum itself. Mecca is just a tiny desert community located at the northern tip of the Salton Sea. No bananas grow anywhere near it.

The California Curiosities site explains how the museum ended up being there: because the owner of the museum, Fred Garbutt, saw a collection of banana memorabilia for sale on eBay and figured that a banana museum might generate some publicity for his struggling liquor store.
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 21, 2021
     Category: Museums | Bananas

I wonder if he has a statue of the greatest banana of them all, Carmen Miranda?
Posted by KDP on 08/21/21 at 10:01 AM
Maybe not an "exact" representation...the link shows the owner, Fred, holding a small display case of a figure that will bring Carmen Miranda to mind. At least it did for me 😊
Posted by Steve E. on 08/21/21 at 10:47 AM
There are good jokes about bananas.

There are clean jokes about bananas.

But there are no good, clean jokes about bananas.
Posted by Phideaux on 08/21/21 at 11:06 AM
I hope the muzak there is a continuous loop of "Mellow Yellow" by Donovan.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 08/21/21 at 02:44 PM
I wonder when the Guinness record holder for most banana memorabilia will lend his collection to the banana museum. Maybe he will be there signing autographs?
Posted by Yudith on 08/22/21 at 06:42 AM
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