MILWAUKEE — Phil Sklar has always been a collector.

The Illinois native started collecting bobbleheads when he was a student at UW-Milwaukee along with his friend Brad Novak and in less than 15 years they had amassed over 3,000! 

After outgrowing space in their condo, the duo decided they needed to find a permanent home for their collection.

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That was the motivation behind founding the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"After producing our first bobblehead we saw that their was no museum dedicated to bobbleheads. There's not a lot of centralized information on bobbleheads and they have been around so long."

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The museum opened on February 1, 2019 with just over 6,500 bobbleheads on display and over 10,000 in their collection. They run the gamut from sports to pop culture to mascots to politics along with cartoon characters and holiday themed porcelain figurines!

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The designs over the years haven't changed much according to Sklar.

"They've remained so much the same over the years. If you look at the very first bobbleheads to today, they're a body, spring and a head."

If you'd like to donate a bobblehead, you can mail or drop off your item at the museum. They are planning to recognize donors on a wall in the near future.

If you'd like to visit the National Bobblehead Museum and Hall of Fame, admission is $5.