Visitors Guide to
8219 Gall Road
Many people save a
few heirlooms from their family’s past but few have gathered a
collection of Americana like Bill and Doris Rex of Waterloo. Their collection contains
items from their past, their parents, grandparents, great grandparents,
and other relatives. The collection got so big that it threatened to
overrun their house so they built a 2,000 square foot addition to their
home. Designed as a western lodge and made of Cyprus, the space houses
over 4,000 items with some dating as far back as the 1850s.
collection contains many items of everyday use that will remind the
visitor of times gone by. There is a nice collection of children’s toys
including tin toys, trains, board games, Lincoln logs, and a tin
dollhouse. Kitchen items include the kitchen table and high chair used by
Bill’s family when he was a child, salt and pepper shakers, porcelain
teapots, and porcelain ware. The Rex’s had a huge curio cabinet built to
house their china and glassware collection. There are scales from the
family grocery store as well as beam scales used by produce vendors. The
oldest piece in the collection is a pioneer wagon wrench from the 1850s.
Antique furniture on display includes European chairs and a loveseat, a
grandfather clock from Germany, a sewing cabinet, and rocking chairs.
Rexs welcome single visitors as well as groups as large as tour buses.
Advance notice is needed, as the museum is a small family run operation.
Visiting Rex's Museum
By appointment only
There is no charge to visit Rex's Museum, although donations are appreciated.
Directions: Call for details.
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