“Down Under” at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, is an awesomely weird museum: The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum! More a storefront pedial peep show than actual museum (it takes up a wall of space rather than a room), for mere quarters you can get a glimpse of some of the largest shoes in the world!
Viewable exhibits include the “World’s Largest Collection of Giant Shoes,” “The Greatest Shoe on Earth,” a “Real Clown Shoe,” and a shoe belonging to Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man. (The only thing it’s missing is a big shoe made of shoes!)
Designed and built by graphic artist Sven Sundbaum, the exhibit also pays homage to a giant shoe left by Wadlow at a local business that was “lost” many years ago and offers a one thousand dollar reward for its return.
Here’s a closer look at some of the exhibits in the World Famous Giant Show Museum…
Robert Wadlow’s Shoe
See a shoe belonging to Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man.
A Real Clown Shoe
The name says it all! This is a super long, real-life clown shoe!
World’s Largest Collection of Giant Shoes at the The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum
To view The World’s Largest Collection of Giant Shoes at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum, put two quarters into a slot and the curtain will open revealing some of the biggest footwear you will ever see. Prepare to gawk at the giant dress shoes and monstrous tennis shoes that lay before you.
The Greatest Shoe on Earth
The Greatest Shoe on Earth, a record-breaking shoe dubbed “The Colossus,” is on display at The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum! This is one monstrously big shoe!
Site: The World Famous Giant Shoe Museum
Location: Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Pl #424, Seattle, WA 98101
Hours: Pike Place/1st Avenue level: Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm, Sunday, 11am to 5pm / DownUnder stores: Monday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm
Costs: Free admission
Date: June 30, 2009