Vent Haven Museum
Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
If there’s one place I’d never go, it’s here. I don’t like anthropomorphic toys, dolls, puppets; any of that stuff. I chalk it up to Childs Play and a really sketchy, really shady ventriloquist my mom hired for my 5th birthday party. But hey, we have have our nightmares, right?
This museum dedicated to ventriloquism dummies, has the largest collection in the world. It’s got models of perhaps the best-known dummy Charlie McCarthy, iconic in his top hat, tux and monocle. Started by William Shakespeare Berger in the 1930’s, he collected over 800 figures for his collection, as well as memorabilia, photographs and other ventriloquism related stuff.
Every July, they host a convention for amateur and professional performers at the museum to work on their craft and admire the history of the art of ventriloquism. Don’t think I could get over all those wooden dummy eyes, just staring.