~ An Armchair Tour of some of the world's most interesting Collections ~

United States

Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum, Colorado.
You might also enjoy this article about Mr. Maxwell: Collecting Antique Washing Machines.

The Old Iron Inn Bed & Breakfast in Caribou (northern) Maine houses the collection of Kate & Kevin McCartney. They have more than 500 irons and iron-shaped trivets on display, plus a significant resource library. Be sure to read So THAT'S why it's called The Old Iron Inn!

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library in Lexington, Massachusetts contains numerous exhibits on Fraternal themes as well as a Trivet Collection mentioned in their online Blog.

The Variety House at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont displays over 200 of the finest trivets from the 2100+  piece William Paley Trivet Collection, the largest museum display of its kind in the United States. The Paley Trivets are displayed in the Yellow Hatbox Room within the Variety Unit.


Learn and Share about Irons: the website of iron collector Thierry Jucia.


Website of Marie - Luise and Günter Zimmer where they display their collections of Irons, Trivets and Ceramic figurines. Click on the UK flag in the upper right to translate text to English.

Suttka Family Website; they have 1100 sad irons, 250 trivets and 100 other items.

Antique Sad Irons from around the world: the Website of Rolf & Gisela Trautman.

United Kingdom

Horniman Museum & Gardens in London, England has a wonderful collection of Mangle Boards.

Shugborough Estate, Milford: The Staffordshire County Museum is located in the servants quarters. There you'll find costumed actors performing their daily activities as members of staff would in Victorian times, in the kitchen, the laundry, the courtyard and the brew-house (which still brews beer) and using authentic equipment of the time.