Last week, I was fortunate to make a return visit to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, or as I like to refer to it — “The Greatest Place on Earth.” Geppi’s was founded by Stephen Geppi, owner of Diamond Comic Distributors, and is located right next to Camden Yards, where the Orioles play. The museum is home to nearly 6,000 pop culture artifacts from the turn of the century to modern times.
I actually maxed out my camera’s memory card by taking over 200 pictures, but I’ll just give you a small taste here…
The museum takes up the second floor of the historic Camden Station, built in 1854 as the B&O Railroad headquarters. The historic setting and dark wood floors and walls really make the vintage toys and comics feel important. The halls are lined with incredible advertising posters and original art. I think I fell in love with that Red Ryder standee.
The comic book room has some incredible treasures on display, such as Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27, but the museum also does a good job of promoting more recent comics such as Pokemon and Frank Miller’s Dark Knight series, just to name a couple.
The selection of super hero toys is top notch, and I really like how they are displayed alongside the actual comics. I might need to employ that technique in my own collection.
Want it, want it, got it, need it, want it…
This exhibit is for the ladies of pop culture, and I want one of everything.
This exhibit had me wanting to reach for the skies. I clearly need to ramp up my space toy collection.
There really aren’t all that many James Bond toys out there, but presenting them with some other famous spies makes for a great display.
My Christmas list got twice as long after seeing the vintage Batman toys on display. This picture shows just one of the two Batman cases. Time to hit up eBay!
I really do love this museum and could spend hours taking it all in. This time, I took my wife and two young kids, and they were troopers. While I was like a kid in a candy store, pointing and ooh-ing at every little thing, the kids actually seemed interested and my wife even got in the act, stopping to pose with one of the life-size Superman statues that stands guard over the place. If you are a pop culture fan or toy collector, you should definitely make your way to Baltimore for a visit to Geppi’s.