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The Museum started in the 1980's with a box of artifacts. The reality of a hobo museum took hold when the Chief Theatre was purchased by the Hobo Foundation with money willed to them from an unknown hobo. Collections have come from all over the world. Books written by hobos, music recorded by hobos crafts created by hobos are all available at the Hobo Museum. Recently classes from Iowa State University came in and renovated both the building and exhibits. Every year a Hobo Convention is held, where, aside from meeting hobos, there is a flea market and carnival. Visiting hobos stay at the "hobo jungle" that is located near the train tracks in Britt, IA. On the Saturday of the convention, an election is held for the new "King of the Hobos", where the candidates are selected by a panel of former kings. The citizens of Britt vote in the elections. Kings and Queens of the hobos can also be buried in a Hobo Cemetery. The burial is free for them. Friends of hobos who wish to be interred at the hobo cemetery can make an application to the Hobo Foundation for inclusion. The cost of the interment is the responsibility of the family.
A well preserved, carefully thought out setting of an almost forgotten piece of American History. The Britt, Iowa Hobo Museum is a trip thru time of America's past of Hobo's & Rail Riders. A... Read more
Closed for the season! October 11, 2022 Boo?!? In town well, in Iowa and drove from Billy Holidays memorial. Would have liked to know they are closed and seasonal Read more
A bit of American history inside an old movie theater. Kinda small but a lot of interesting stories. $5.00 per person The volunteer was super friendly and taught us a little about the importance... Read more
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