Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum
After decades of collecting toilet seats, Barney Smiths Toilet Seat Art Museum has moved to Texas. Located at 5959 Grove Ln, The Colony, TX 75056, about 30 minutes north of downtown Dallas, the new location is a dive bar with a large display room that sits adjacent to the upstairs bar. While the museum is still a small operation, its collection includes dozens of toilet seats and the aforementioned sculptures.
The toilet seats on display in the museum are in their original form, and Smith has arranged them to suit his liking. The museum will continue to expand as new toilet seats are donated. The collection includes a variety of toilet seats created by local businesses and organizations, and it is free to visit. The museum is a fun stop for anyone who’s traveling through the area.
The museum displays hundreds of toilet seats, each decorated with mixed media. While the museum’s toilet seats contain feces, they’re not tainted by them. Artist Craig Smith was inspired to turn these toilet seats into works of art by his father. When he was growing up, he noticed that mounting boards and toilet seats have some similarities. Smith began collecting used toilet seats and decorating them.
The museum also includes a timeline of history, with toilet seats representing events from history. Some of the toilet seats in Smith’s collection are the JFK assassination, the Mount St. Helens eruption, the O.J. Simpson trial, and other notable events.
The museum features a collection of over 1,230 toilet seats that Smith collected over fifty years. The museum is free and open to the public. The museum is located in a garage behind Smith’s home in Alamo Heights, Texas. Several of the toilet seats are also available for purchase.
Barney Smiths’ art is best described as a found object assemblage. There are seats for subjects such as cosmetology, gastroenterology, and soccer. Other seats feature a wide variety of subjects, from art history to politics. There are even seats that celebrate the upcoming presidential election.
The museum also features Smith’s charming personality. The museum has attracted visitors from 81 countries and every state. Smith also traveled to national TV talk shows and created artwork to honor each appearance. He still has a few seats dedicated to Montel Williams and Barbara Walters. Though the summer months have been a bit rough for him, Smith manages to keep things going.