The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is located in which U.S. state?

And the answer: Wisconsin.  
Photo credit: Adam Moss.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It boasts a collection of over 10,000 bobbleheads, including one that’s life-sized. It is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to bobbleheads.

Although bobbleheads may seem like a novelty of the modern age, these figurines actually have origins in 1700s China. Originally called “temple nodders,” these figurines were religious figures, not toys. From there, bobbleheads became fashionable in continental Europe and Britain when the Prince of Wales (later George IV) took a personal interest in Chinese style and decoration during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1842, the first written reference to bobbleheads emerged with Russian writer Nikolai Gogol’s story “The Overcoat,” during which Gogol described the main character, Akaky, as having a neck which was “like the neck of plaster cats which wag their heads."

Fun fact!

Place your guesses now as to how much the most expensive bobbleheads have sold for. Ready for the answer? In 2010, a pair of antique Chinese bobbleheads resembling a husband and wife sold for $35,925 at auction, while in 2020, a vintage, oversized 14-inch 1961 Mets bobblehead doll went for a whopping $59,750!

Did you know?

Yesterday was National Bobblehead Day! Although the novelty began to wear off by the late 90s, bobbleheads made a roaring comeback when the San Francisco Giants handed 20,000 visitors a Willie Mays bobblehead to venerate the 40th anniversary of Candlestick Park. Since then, we’ve seen a number of bobblehead world records, like this world’s largest bobblehead in Pennsylvania, and the world’s largest collection of bobbleheads in England. Learn more about the holiday here.

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