Visions of sugar plums will dance in your head when you visit the Santa Claus Museum in Columbus….the only Santa Museum in the South!
The Santa Claus Museum was created in memory of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hopkins, an avid collector of Santas of every shape and size. Mrs. Hopkins was born in May 1913 and received her very first Santa at 6 months-old. Her extensive collection includes Santas made from a wide variety of materials such as cast iron, china, basket weave, corn shucks, bottle glass, magazines, fabric, dough, and wood. She collected Santa music boxes, Santa containers, Santa dolls, Santa dishes, Santa ornaments, and Santa photos. Her love of Old St. Nick was well known and Mrs. Hopkins received many, many Santa gifts from friends and family throughout her life.
In addition to the Hopkins donation, CHPT has received Santa collections from other community members over the years, which have been added to the museum.
Hours and Admission
The Santa Claus Museum is open to the public every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout December. The Columbus Historic Preservation Trust is proud to offer free admission to all guests who visit on these days.
On other dates, the museum is open by appointment only. Admission is $3 per person. Contact the Columbus Chamber of Commerce at 979-732-8385 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit.