Jim and Nida Gyorfy collect and display collections at their 5,000-square-foot museum in Idaho Falls, Idaho.In 2003, the Gyorfys opened Collectors’ Corner Museum with 25 of their personal collections. Since then, they have accepted 25 donated collections and added a few more of their own.
Among the 115 collections are hubcaps, dolls, coins, seashells, military items, toys, tools, trains, stamps, puppets, music boxes and even water hose nozzles.
“For some people, it’s just human nature to collect whatever fascinates them,” says Jim. “I started when I was 8 with stamps, coins and toy trains. Nida started collecting Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls when she was 6.”
Jim, 77, and Nida, 75, still have those childhood collections, which are among the museum’s permanent exhibits.
“Some people ask us why we collect things,” says Jim. “It’s fun, challenging to find items to complete a set, educational and good for the mind.”
A popular travel website, TripAdvisor.com, rates the museum as a highly recommended stop.