“Roasted peanuts, retro candy & gifts!”
Mister Ed's Elephant Museum features elephant collectibles, and a gift shop offering fresh roasted peanuts and nuts, homemade and retro candy and gifts.
Billed as the “Gettysburg area’s most unique attraction,” Mister Ed’s was opened by “Mister Ed” Gotwalt in 1975. He sold the business to his granddaughter Nicole and her husband Isaac in 2014.
The 82-year-old Mister Ed is something of a local celebrity—he stayed up 76 hours during the nation’s bicentennial and stages elaborate Fourth of July fireworks displays and Christmas celebrations. He received his first elephant as a wedding gift and the collection grew as he started to receive elephants as gifts and donations. The museum part of the general store can be viewed free of charge and now contains more than 12,000 elephant figurines.
In July of 2010, the store caught fire and was destroyed. More than 2,000 elephants were lost in the fire, but Gotwalt received thousands of donations from across the world and opened a new store in February of 2011. Outside the store is an elephant graveyard, full of the broken bits of figurines that couldn’t be saved.
I smiled the whole time. Cute. Sweet and family run. Just do it.
My family stopped in here just to do something different. Gardens were cute and interactive and the candy shop is stuffed full of options. It was a fun, funky, off the beaten path stop that’s great for families.
We stopped by on our way to New Hampshire, from Tennessee. Well worth the extra drive time so our girls could experience this unique attraction. Spent an hour here and only left because we had a schedule to keep. If you like quirky places and are in the area, make time to visit.
This is just perfect weird roadside Americana. The collection of elephant stuff is impressive, but not really for everybody. The candy collection is great and what makes this a really fun stop. It's the kind of place you have to go to just to support it because for all intents and purposes why is it even here? Love it!
If you like kitsch and are in the area, definitely stop. The grounds present plenty of silly photo ops.
We found this on Roadtrippers just driving back from Washington DC. Cute place and of course we picked up some candy and good fudge.
We stumbled across this wonderful oddity about 10 years ago as we headed to Gettysburg. So much to look at and everyone was friendly and fun. We still talk about our visit!
I stop here any chance I get.love the little museum they have and all the different candy you can get.
A cute stop with gifts and treats as well as all the elephants you can handle
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Mister Ed's Elephant Museum
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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