The Gettysburg Dime Museum opened in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in May of 2016 – and closed on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
Says owner and central Pennsylvania resident Mark Kosh, “As a kid, I’ve always liked sideshows and horror shows.” He started building a collection of the odd and unusual in 1996.
From 2001 to 2006, Mark took his ever-growing collection on the road, showing it off at fairs in tents and trailers.
Wanting to settle down with a permanent display, Mark and his family selected Gettysburg.
With its Civil War history of the 1860s, Gettysburg is a good location for a “Dime Museum”, a purely American form of entertainment whose heyday was the late 19th century.
In fact, the Gettysburg Dime Museum is located in a house standing in the town during the three-day battle in 1863 – and marked with a plaque denoting it as a Civil-War-era building.