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The Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum
The BARKER MUSEUM houses one of the country's largest collections of character toys & artifacts, spanning fifteen decades of American history. No matter what your age, you will recognize something from your life, whether it's a cap pistol, Partridge Family lunchbox or Star Wars action figure. Stand beside our life-sized Hulk or pose with our larger-than life-sized Simpsons family, Kung Fu Panda and Alvin and the Chipmunks (Simon & Theodore) and you have an experience that you won't find anywhere else. We invite you to browse the 80,000 cartoon-themed items that Gloria & Herb Barker spent a lifetime collecting. Each exhibit shows the estimated market value for the toys & collectibles, although NOTHING IS FOR SALE. Stop by to recapture some of your forgotten memories or make new ones with your children!

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING GROUP TOURS of any size. Call Laurie at 203-272-2222 or at 800-227-5372, ext. 238 to book a tour that is unlike any that your group has ever experienced. Each person receives a self-guided tour booklet and a commemorative souvenir. You can also see today's finest animation art in the adjacent Gallery, or tour the extensive grounds to pose for a picture with our cartoon landscape character cut-outs. Connecticut's largest cartoon mural provides another great photo opportunity as you take the Popeye trivia quiz provided by the Museum.


Museum Hours and Admission Fees

Hours and Admission Fees

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Admission fees:
  • $5 per adult
  • $3 for children 12 and under
  • Free for children 2 and younger


Rare Acquisitions
We are very proud of our museum's growing collection. We want to share some of our rarest collectibles with you.

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Official California Raisins Museum
We are very proud to announce that the Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum has aquired all the California Raisins movie props, art and memorabilia. These items will be displayed in our new addition to our museum: the only California Raisin Museum in America!

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Official Celebriduck Museum
The Barker Character Comic & Cartoon Museum is the only Official Celebriduck Museum in the world.

"Rub-a-dub-dub with stars in your tub" as Hollywood meets home decor with the world's first ever celebrity bath tub duck line of the greatest icons of entertainment, athletics, and history.

Dear Friend,
Thank you for your interest in our line of original collectible celebrity "rubber" ducks. We have enjoyed the tremendous response of thousands of people who have been delighted by our whimsical creations. At Celebriducks, we are doing our part to enhance the whole bathing experience by once and for all putting an end to mediocre bathing. By adopting one of our Celebriducks, you provide a loving home to our little friends while your bathtub becomes an expression of both elegance and good taste. In fact, taking a bath alone would now seem almost uncivilized.

Our numbered limited edition collection will continually expand and change as new Celebriducks are introduced while others are quietly retired to the pond with graceful dignity. We invite you to become part of our rapidly growing family of collectors who adore one of the world's universally loved icons, the "rubber" duck. When good taste in fine bathing is desired, I hope you will think of our Celebriducks. And remember, don?t leave your tub without one.

Sincerely,
Craig Wolfe
President
Celebriducks

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New York Times Article
We are proud of the full half page story about our museum in The New York Times. It appeared on page 2 of the Sunday September 21, 2003 edition. The headline reads "Something Funny is Going on at the Museum".


Visit us soon to have a laugh and enjoy our history!!


Barker Museum Collection in ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Book


Be Sure To Get The New Book
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
20TH CENTURY COLLECTIBLES

By Workman Publishing, New York

We Are Very Proud! When the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW needed approximately 60 of the most unusual toys they came to the BARKER MUSEUM and found every toy needed.

This is a wonderful book for any collector. Pick up a copy at your favorite book store. Credits for all of our pictures are listed on pages 554 and 555.

We are so proud of our museum director Nancy Spitzer who was able to locate all these toys for the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW BOOK in our museum!
Connecticut Business Hall of Fame
In March 2007, Herb was inducted into the Connecticut Business Hall of Fame. He became a member of the "Class of 2006" during the First Annual Induction Ceremony held in Hartford, CT. The Connecticut Business Hall Of Fame showcases successful companies and business leaders through business networking and industry events that are held throughout the state. The organization partners with private and public organizations, associations and corporations to promote economic development and new ideas in the marketplace.
Financially Strong
Barker Animation Art Gallery / Barker Museum has a strong financial rating. We are rated 3Al in Dun & Bradstreet.
Directions
Driving Directions:
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From New Haven on I-91N:
Take Exit 17 to Exit 68W on I-691. Get off at Exit 3. At end of the exit take a left on Rte. 10 and proceed 1.7 miles. Look for the Barker Animation sign on the left.

From New Haven on the Merritt Parkway (Rte. 15):
Proceed to the end of the Parkway North in Meriden. Take Exit 68W to I-691. Get off at Exit 3. At the end of the exit take a left onto Rte. 10 and proceed 1.7 miles. Look for the Barker Animation sign on the left.

From Hartford on I-91S:
Take Exit 18 to I-691. Get off at Exit 3. At end of the exit take a left on Rte. 10 and proceed 1.7 miles. Look for the Barker Animation sign on the left.

From Hartford on I-84W:
Take Exit 27 to I-691. Get off at Exit 3. At end of the exit take a right on Rte. 10 and proceed 1.7 miles. Look for the Barker Animation sign on the left.

From Waterbury and Danbury on I-84E:
Take Exit 27 and follow the above directions.
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