Over labor day we drove to Illinois to visit my best friend and her family for a few days, and while we were there we drove up to Wisconsin to visit the House on the Rock. If you've never been, it's what is sounds like, but the house and surrounding buildings have turned into museums full of a bit of everything from anywhere.
Outside there was an ornamental garden with some pretty adorable plants. These are a type of ornamental pepper that are so small they can grow up instead of down.
These pumpkin on a stick were probably my favorite because they are just too cute. In reality, they aren't pumpkins at all but actually eggplants.
More eggplants, this time white eggplant which look like little eggs growing on a plant until they turn yellow.
Stained glass inside the house.
Asian themed statues.
This was the ceiling in one section of the house and I really liked the way it looked.
Since the house stands on the edge of a rock, this infinity room lends a great view to the surrounding area, if you can stand the bounciness of the walkway. The whole structure was cantilevered and so it would sway up and down as people walked the length of the room.
This was my favorite gun from the very large collection. I can't imagine it would have worked well or been very accurate, but it was probably comical if it was ever used.
One of the best parts was all of the player instrument exhibits. Each one played a different song, and this one played Octopus's Garden. It played near continuously while we walked around the giant whale and looked at the model ships.
Teeth from the giant whale.
Giant indeed. This took up the entire middle section of what was a very large warehouse type building. The whale is in battle with the giant kraken.
Tons of model ships lined the walls on several levels around the whale. There were a lot of recognizable boats too like the Titanic, Mayflower, and Columbus's three boats.
Planes, boats, and even cars were in the museum. This car had been entirely covered in a tile mosaic, which was pretty cool looking but I would imagine made the car incredibly heavy.
Another schmancy car unfortunately type unknown.
Even the bathrooms were decorated with all sorts of stuff. This bathroom had an entire winter scene populated by penguins while some of the other bathrooms had planes suspended from the ceiling and glassware in display cases.
Back outside they had wagons, carriages, and this funeral carriage as well.
House on the Rock is filled with lots of crazy weird stuff, but as far as museums go, it was probably one of my favorites and well worth the drive!