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Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum

5959 Grove Ln, Texas 75056 USA

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“Smith's legacy will have a new home at the Texas Truck Yard's newest location at The Colony, just north of Dallas.”

Formerly a master plumber, Smith kick-started his compilation after a successful few weeks hunting deer. His father put the antlers of a deer he had shot onto a plaque made of wood and Smith put his on a toilet seat. In his years collecting since then, Smith has garnered national attention — and international toilet seats. Some feature pieces of the Berlin Wall, barbed wire from Auschwitz, Suddam Hussein's toilet and NASA's space shuttle Challenger. A recent addition was sent and signed by Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich. Many of the lids are artistic inventions of Smith.

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Reviewed by
MClavie

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
December 27, 2018
Rated 5.0

Great fun, worth the quick stop to meet Barney and see the collection! Be aware that some of the collection is boxed up now, as it is being sold and moving to Dallas in late February 2019. Be patient on the phone; viewing times are limited because Barney is 97 years old and meets every guest personally!

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Reviewed by
krystalyeager

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June 03, 2018

Wish I could have seen it! Barney is now 97 years old and recovering from an injury. He mostly opens up the museum in the afternoon around 1pm to 3pm. We were in San Antonio in the early morning so we couldn't stay that late in order to stop by. Definitely call ahead. Also he is putting his museum up for sale for anyone interested.

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Reviewed by
megumi.himura

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September 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

Probably the weirdest museum that you can visit however you will be surprise to hear that every toilet seat here has a story to tell. And the 92 year old, I mean the young curator behind this amazing museum is just amazing. He has lots of stories to tell and very energetic! He started the making this creative toilet seats since he was young and up until now his works still continues. This is a MUST visit if you happen to stop by San Antonio.

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Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

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September 26, 2014
Rated 3.0

Barney is the man! If you are going to visit his amazing collection make sure you call ahead so he knows that you're coming, and be ready because he sure likes to talk!

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Reviewed by
Brandon Hite

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May 17, 2013

This takes potty humor to another level.

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Reviewed by
marynaammar

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July 24, 2019
Rated 5.0

It’s permanently closed and sadly, Mr. Smith passed away yesterday. I was reading that someone from Dallas bought the collection, so it may have moved there.

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Reviewed by
KoenBruyndonckx

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  • 1 Helpful
August 04, 2016

This is really a great place to visit. At 95 years Old, Barney Smith is still telling lots of interesting stories :-)

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Reviewed by
JHoliman

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September 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

Go see Mr. Barney Smith and his art before this American Treasure of a man is no longer with us. He loves visitors and loves telling the stories of your favorite pieces.

Call ahead so you can make an appointment (since this is his home) but he will love for you to come by!

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Johanna Flato

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October 14, 2014
Rated 4.0

call ahead! He'll chat and open it up to you free of admission, but let him know you're coming. Awesome place.

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Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum

5959 Grove Ln
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