On July 4th, Rachael and I headed north to Metropolis, IL to check out their Super Museum. While Rachael is certainly more #TeamMarvel than #TeamDC, she is a fan both.
Upon crossing the Ohio River and pulling into town, the first noticeable object is a large Superman statue that has been erected in front of the Metropolis Courthouse. It makes for a great photo opportunity, as you can see below the statue is larger than life.
From the statue, it’s a very short walk across the street to the Super Museum. Outside the museum are several photo opportunities, phone booths, backdrops, as well as this car which is a replica of the daily planet car from the George Reeves era TV show.
Once inside the museum, you’ll first pass through a gift shop that is filled with all things superhero. While the focus is certainly on Superman, there are a wide range of items that you will surely enjoy combing through. After passing through the gift shop, you pay your admission to the museum, and are on your way. The museum has an expansive collection of Superman items from all eras. We were both surprised at how many actual relics they have, and the museum far exceeded our expectations. We certainly didn’t capture pictures of everything that they had, but we’ll post a few of our favorites below.
Marlon Brando’s Wig from the 1978 movie:
Christopher Reeve’s Superman Suit:
A George Reeves display:
An original Superman phone booth from 1948, previously owned by Kirk Alyn, who was the first actor to portray Superman in a motion picture:
And lastly, a shirt worn by John Schneider in Smallville:
After we left the museum, we took a short drive north through town to the Lois Lane statue, which was modeled after the version played by Noel Neill in The Adventures of Superman series:
Based on our experience, we highly recommend this museum, it was certainly worth the trip up from Nashville to view everything they had.
You can get more information about the museum at this website: