Someone, somewhere right now is cringing just at the sound of the word wet. Although people joke about hating the word, one man took it and created a whole museum around it.
Believe it or not, tucked away in East Lansing on the Michigan State University campus is a museum solely dedicated to wet wipes. Hidden in the back room of the planetarium, John French has created one of the strangest, yet most fascinating museums of all time.
Known as the “Wet Towel Museum”, the exhibition presents French’s collection covering some thirty years. Those who choose to stop by Room 100 of the Abrams Planetarium on Michigan State University’s campus can view more than 1,000 wet wipes from its collection from around the world.
Why wet towels?
French told the CBC in an interview that it all started as a joke. What started as a small collection of wet wipes stuck in a box in a desk drawer turned into a fascination with the huge variety of small bathrobes in a square. After noticing that there were no wipe collections online, he decided to start his own website.
“I said I would be the first to have wet wipes on the internet,” said French, founder of the Moist Towelette Museum, Told As it happens host Carol Off.
Curiously, French found other people interested in his collection.
“I noticed that museum and planetarium visitors were spending more time looking at the wet wipes than they ever did at the Mars Rover exhibit we had,” he said.
He notes that most of the wipes he collected were given to him, and right now he’s overloaded with sifting through the latest contributions. Its wipes come from all over the world, for all uses, and from all years. The oldest French wipe is from a brand called “Wash up!” dated 1963, to erase the radioactive contamination.
If you’re looking to visit one of Michigan’s most unique museums, you can stop by Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.