California Museums


International Banana Museum

International Banana Museum
98775 Hwy 111
Mecca, CA 92254
(619) 840-1429 hours vary, always call first

For sweet eats -- banana shakes, chocolate covered bananas rolled in nuts and banana fudge sundaes, the International Banana Museum in Riverside County hits the spot!

Billed as the Guinness World Record collection of banana memorabilia, the museum is a small shop, snack bar and museum all in one, allowing guests to browse everything "banana".

Yellow! Do you like the color, yellow? If it bothers you, beware as you enter the museum as nearly everything in there is the color of a banana skin.  The collection includes banana lamps, stools, toys, kitchen gadgets, pictures, paintings, plates, dishes, glasses and just about everything under the Southern California desert sun where the museum sits.

There is no particular significance between the museum location and bananas, that aren't particular suited as a commercial crop in California. Efforts to grow them have include a one-time banana farm along Highway 1 in Ventura County, and several banana festivals held throughout the state of California simply because people love to eat them.

When you visit this far-out museum, you may find yourself amazed (by the welcoming staff), delighted (by the delicious banana treats you can purchase), or just happy to stop and rest during a long drive.

Comments from the International Banana Museum range from: " So much yellow in one small shop space," to "I wouldn't drive too far out of the way for the museum but it's definitely worth the stop if you're traveling to the Salton Sea or Salvation Mountain or Palm Springs."

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