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Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum, Alamo Heights

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  • We had a fine time with Barney and his spectacular museum! This is a must do for ALL AGES. Free but get a reservation with Barney  more »
  • If you are in San Antonio, Barney's Toilet Seat Museum should really be on your must visit list. Barney himself is just prescious. And he has a ton of stories to tell. The museum is placed in his gara...  more »
  • Barney is awesome he has put so much effort into his passion for toilt seat lids. He has so many stories. If you ever get a chance stop by and see him.  more »
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  • Barney is a super nice guy who has so many stories about the seats he makes. When we visited there were 1295 toilet seat pieces of art each carefully crafted. The museum is in his garage so make sure to call ahead to see if he's around to show you in. One of the coolest places I've visited and would highly recommend to any traveller in the area.
  • Barney definitely has taken his hobby to the extreme and created an interesting and history filled museum. Every one of his thousands of toilet seats has a story and he'll be happy to tell you all about them. Don't forget to call before you head there, and bring some cash for his donation jar!!
  • Going in I expected it to be super weird or something. But it is just an amazing place with so much to see and so much creativity. He makes seats from all of his travels and stuff. He is just an amazing guy in his 95 years and is really friendly and I would go there again and again if I lived in San Antonio. A great place and I really recommend people of all ages to come and see it!!
  • Mr. Barney's art is unique and beautiful, but more importantly it serves as an outlet for him to be able to share a profoundly powerful, uplifting perspective on life, love and loss. At age 95, he is a veteran in the category of losing loved ones- he mentioned how much he missed his wife, brother and daughter among others- and spoke of his eagerness and excitement to be freed of his body and meet them in eternity. In his own words, Barney has grown "homesick" in these final years of his life, and yet his infectious positivity and enthusiasm haven't waned in the least bit. He is a miraculous, living testament to the power of optimism, faith, love, and kindness, and a towering beam of sunlight in a world shadowed by the sort of grumbling capriciousness which, if unchecked, is capable of distorting beauty and inducing delusions of victimhood. ---BARNEY SMITH HELPS US REMEMBER THAT LIFE IS A GIFT---
  • My wife, mother-in-law and I were in San Antonio taking my mother-in-law to the airport. Her flight was delayed and it was raining so we were on the hunt for fun indoor activities in San Antonio. After many failed searches we came across the Toilet Seat Museum. We all laughed thinking this is a bit strange, but gave the place a call anyway, since it's by appointment only. When the gentleman answered the phone our first thought was that this was a scam (we hadn't thoroughly checked the legitimacy of the museum). The gentleman on the phone was elderly and explained that if we were coming soon he would prop the door open and then once inside he would shut it behind us due to the rain harming his toilet seats. We thought this sounded pretty out there and possibly the good start to a bad horror film. However, once we arrived and met Barney and stepped into his toilet seat museum we quickly discovered the amazing timeline of his life and US history all perfectly depicted on hundreds of toilet seats. Barney has a wonderful life story and great artifacts to prove it. Please visit his unique toilet seat museum. Thanks for a fun time, Tim