Shop/Museum is located in the historic Opera House, constructed circa 1875, once owned by the real-life "Wimpy," William Schuchert. Elzie Crisler Segar, creator of "Popeye" was once employed here. There were also real-life versions of "Olive Oyl" (Dora Paskel) and "Popeye" Frank Fiegel. We will provide you with a mini-history if you visit us. For all of your Popeye souvenirs or a subscription to the Official Popeye Fanclub and newsmagazine, contact us. The shop and mini-museum share the same edifice, and there just isn't room to display almost 40 years worth of Popeye collectibles, so some items are rotated in and out of the museum from time to time. We have had visitors from all 50 states and 70+ countries since the museum opened well over 20 years ago. The Fanclub will be 27 years old in 2015. Look us up on-line: www.popeyethesailor.com OR Call 618-826-4567.
Seasons OpenMonday - Friday 9:30-4:30; Saturday 10 - 3; Sundays Only from May (Mother's Day) - End of September
Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes
Owners are married transplants from Memphis, Tennessee. We started collecting "Popeye" memorabilia about 40 years ago, initiated the Fanclub in 1989, and moved operations into "Wimpy's" old building in 1994. The city of Chester wasn't really active in their pursuit of Popeye, but things have changed considerably after 1994. Since then, a "Statue Trail" featuring life-sized cast members now graces the city, with a new member of the Popeye family unveiled each year during the annual picnic, always held the weekend after Labor Day.
Wheelchair accessible in most areas.
Pet Friendly Notes
We are pet friendly, especially if your pet is a canine.