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Washington, D.C.

Palace of Wonders

Bar full of oddities, specimens, artifacts and homages to the great dime museums of the past. 

Sorry, Palace of Wonders is permanently closed.

The Palace of Wonders (now known as the Red Palace) has two floors over-flowing with an eye-popping array of oddities, specimens, artifacts and homages to the great dime museums of the past.

The collection includes skulls, mummies, gaffs, two-headed chicks, wet specimens in formaldehyde, and natural wonders. The Palace often presents lectures, demonstrations and tours of their intriguing collection of oddities.

With a view of an intimate vaudeville stage from both floors, the Palace has the most astounding live burlesque, sideshow and vaudeville shows every week with stunts, shows, & magic shows, dancing girls, sideshow, aerialist & contortionists.

Update: Closed in late 2012

Know Before You Go

The two closest Metro Stations to Palace of Wonders are the Red Line Stations New York Ave / Florida Ave / Gallaudet University Station and Union Station. From the Metro take a cab, bus or walk to 1210 H Street NE.