Offbeat Museums Around the World

Offbeat Museums Around the World: The International Banana Club and Museum
Ken Bannister aka "Bananister"

The International Banana Club and Museum — Hesperia, Calif.
After 38 years heading up the International Banana Club and Museum, Ken "Bananister" Bannister (the collection's founder and declared top banana) has been asked by the town of Hesperia, Calif., to split. The community was apparently tired of his museum's monkey business and wanted to use the rent-free space for the artifacts of John Swisher, a local historian. Luckily for this Chiquita, Bannister has found a new location for his collection and will be reopening the museum near Palm Springs, Calif., in January 2011.

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