Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Christmas Story House and Museum

 Do you love A Christmas Story? I really do. If you haven't seen it but are a fan of vintage stop what you are doing and watch it. The story takes place in the 1940's and is full of the most amazing sets and costumes (not to mention it is hilarious!) I can't wait to watch it! I might not make it all the way to December.
The film takes places in Indiana, but a lot of it was filmed in Cleveland. A man who owns a company who now produces the famous leg lamps bought the house used in exterior (and some interior) film shots and renovated it to get it as close to the movie house as possible. And you can tour it!
 There is a little museum across the street full of great photos and costumes and props.
Apparently there was a deleted scene with Ralphie and Flash Gordon. And there is the famous snow suit. That chenille robe! When the movie was made they didn't know it would become such a beloved classic so lots of the costumes got absorbed back into the Warner Brothers costume department.
 I was always so jealous of Flick's cool aviator hat! They actually sell reproductions of all the kids hats in the gift shop, but it didn't look as cool on me as I always imagined. Ha!
 The gift shop was really great. There were tons of leg lamp themed souvenirs.
 The hats! They had the hilarious elf hats from the movie too! And Randy's bib!
 There was also a section dedicated to Christmas Vacation, which is Travis' all time favorite movie. He was in hog heaven! He got this apron: Save the neck for me Clark!
 Cousin Eddie hat.
 Then it was time for our tour! The guide makes it seem like they tried to make all the furnishings match the movie exactly. Not true, but they have lots of period stuff and they let you touch everything and take photos! We loved it!
They have all kinds of props. Like a bowling ball and a bee bee gun under the tree. You get about 30 minutes to take all the photos you want. Most people clear out quick so we were able to take as many as we wanted!
 "Fra-gee-lay, must be Italian!" That scene makes me laugh every single time. And there is Travis posing just like Ralphie when he had his bunny pjs on. He is always a good sport when I want to take photos, but he was just as happy I was while we were here.
 He even put the soap in his mouth! Ha! Real soap! I love that they had a hamper by the toilet with a decoder ring, Little Orphan Annie comic and that "Drink more Ovaltine" message.
I especially loved the kitchen. There was a group of ladies in the doorway watching us take pictures. They were laughing and encouraging us and one lady said "I want YOUR pictures!" Ha!
 "Daddy's gonna kill Ralphie."
 Can you believe they let you touch everything and sit in the chairs and jump on the beds? I loved it!
 "Meatloaf, feet loaf, double beetloaf."
The Christmas story house and museum is definitely worth a visit! We had such a wonderful time!


  1. great pictures! I love how you created all the scenes

    retro rover

  2. I am so glad that I didn't have to wait very long for this post! Everything about this is awesome, not the least of which is the fact that you get to touch everything! Travis is such a good sport. You know that I would have been trying to force myself into the cupboard. Years ago Restoration Hardware was selling oxydol in the vintage packaging and I bought boxes of it for everyone in my family (all lovers of this perfect movie). This home/museum is definitely going to the top of our must-see list!! My sister better out my nephew in the pink bunny pajamas I made for him this Christmas. Thanks for getting me in the holiday mood!!!

  3. OMG OMG OMG, that kitchen! The table! The stuff! I want to go soooo bad! I can't believe you got to touch everything. That is so amazing! That table and chairs?? Wow. Thank you for the pictures...I enjoyed seeing this so much!

  4. I AM SO JEALOUS!!!!! I LOVE THAT MOVIE SOOO MUCH! You got to sit in the cupboard, open the leg lamp box and get your mouth washed out. So much fun.

  5. Awesome! I need to go here.....I love how you guys were able to reenact the movie. Great that they are not stuffy about things like that.


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