World's Only Thermometer Museum


World's Only Thermometer Museum. Image: eurovancation [Flickr]


There are over 5,000 thermometers in the museum! Image: eurovancation [Flickr]


Image: eurovancation [Flickr]

More from Neatorama reader Rich B's Great American Roadtrip [Flickr photoset]: here's the world's only Thermometer Museum in Onset, Massachusetts.

Here's a description of Richard (the "Thermometer Man") and Barbara Porter's Thermometer Museum from Cape Cod Travel:

Some are old, some are new; some are rare, some are commonplace. You'll see everything from antique to high-tech models when you visit Porter's Thermometer Museum, featuring the largest (currently numbering over 2,600) collection of thermometers in the world.

For about 20 years, curator, Richard Porter has amassed over 2,700 [now over 5,000 - Alex] thermometers, earning his "not-your-average museum" listings in Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe it or Not. Many of Porter's thermometers were collected at flea markets, yard sales and antique shops. He found others while touring the United States, Europe, South America and Africa.

Some of his collectibles include a model woman's shoe with a miniature thermometer sewn into the side (a 1920s prize from a box of Cracker Jack) and a 150-year-old model embedded into a French woodcut (purchased for $1.00 at a flea market in Wellfleet, Cape Cod). Visitors will also discover reptile, bath and grain thermometers.

Link - Thanks Rich B!


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I read some of the comments left and you had some negative comments. You did not let people know that he goes around to schools and other organizations around the country to lecture on thermometers. He also got into this museum to teach kids who come to see his museum about weather and how thermometers help us. He does a lot of good work with his museum and I pray that he can continue with his work.
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It's a good thing he put the title up there, I looked at the first pic and was sitting here trying to figure out what the heck a "hermometer" is. Some sort of a feminine product Im not aware of?
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