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Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum, Alamo Heights

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4.8/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
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  • Such an amazing place, a must see!! Easy to find. Recommend to go around sundown, due to summer heat. Bring a camera, so many good photo opportunities. Don't forget to sign the guest book. 
  • I took a den of Cub Scouts and their parents. Barney was amazing! He truly loves what he does. It's very original. He explains how he makes the seats while he walks you through his toilet seat museum....  read more »
  • Barney Smith has been decorating toilet seats for longer than I have been alive. The museum is free and nothing is for sale. It is such a great thing to go see. You must call him first so that he can ...  read more »
  • 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
  • Such a humbling experience. The owner himself is enough of an attraction and his amazing collection and stories are truly inspiring. An amazing addition to a trip, free and educational as well. (Please visit around 7:30, when the heat is less intense)
  • This was super interesting! I could've spent hours in there talking to Barney. I called him and he'd already closed down for the day, but told me to go ahead and come on and he'd open up for my gf and I. He had 1,192 toilet seats in there and he knows every detail of every item in there ( who donated the items, where everything was and what each one says). He pulled out some vhs tapes and showed me the times he's been on tv. I spent maybe an hour in there and could've stayed longer, but it was getting late. Seriously, he was one of the sweetest and interesting people I've ever encountered. I kinda just want to be best friends and decorate toilet seats with him. Thank you, Barney. It was a true pleasure meeting you tonight. I hope to make it back to San Antonio soon to visit again. As we were leaving here told us not to wait too long to come back because he is 94 and you never know when his time will come (haha). Check it out, it's free, just throw a couple bucks in his donation bucket (if you can) and he's happy with just that.
  • Barney is amazing and the toilet seats are very cool. Don't forget to sign the seat from your home state or country.
  • Barney is a great guy! My husband and I have been going to his museum for the past 5 years. Every time someone comes for a visit we take them to the museum to see all the wonderful art Barney has developed, there is always something new. You will be hard pressed to find such great history along with a very knowledgeable curator. Do yourself a favor, give Barney a call and go for a visit. Jacque San Antonio, TX
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