Keep the Laughs Going At This Philadelphia Museum

on December 19, 2013

The Stoogeum

Located in Ambler, a suburb less than an hour north of Philadelphia, The Stoogeum (904 Sheble Lane, Ambler PA) is, well, exactly what it sounds like: a “Three Stooges” museum – and while that might at first sound kind of silly, the museum has actually been carefully designed and curated. It is the world’s first, and only, dedicated entirely to Three Stooges memorabilia.

The Stoogeum has over 100,000 pieces of Three Stooges memorabilia, ranging from 1918 to present day, carefully displayed in a 10,000-square-feet, three story building. There are interactive displays, a research library, and even a 16MM film storage vault. Films can be screened in an 85-seat theater. You’ll need at least an hour to an hour and a half (or more) for a complete visit here, especially if you’d like to sit in the theater to watch a film.

Some of the items on display include Larry Fine’s driver’s license and Columbia Studios ID card, the “flying submarine tank” prop from The Three Stooges in Orbit, the jackets worn on stage by the Stooges during their live shows from the 1960s, rare and candid photos, a Three Stooges Arcade Game, vintage movie posters, novelty items like bowling balls and even toilet paper (!), and a floor dedicated to Stooge-inspired artwork. There is also a life-size sculpture of the Three Stooges, and a chance for you to test your Stooge trivia knowledge at one of the interactive displays.

It’s important to note, unless you are going on a Thursday, when the Stoogeum is open 10am-3pm, it’s only open by appointment on any other day. Still, despite the limited hours, this is a must-do for any Three Stooges fan, film buff, or comedy lover… and an impressive, fun hidden gem for the rest of us.

  • Enjoy with: Stooge fans, movie fans, the whole family, or a group of friends (bonus if your friends ARE actually stooges).
  • Cost: Adult fees are $10, students and seniors $8, Kids under 12 are free.
  • Hours: Open every Thursday 10am-3pm, and by appointment only on any other day.
  • Visitor tips: The Stoogeum is always great, but the best time to visit is during a Three Stooges Fan Club meeting (usually in the Spring). There is an open-house and you may get to meet some of the relatives of the Stooges, or supporting cast members.

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