Schmidt Coca-Cola Memorabilia Museum

On our way to the 2010 Coca-Cola Club Convention we were able to stop and tour the museum.

 Located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, it is an amazing collection of Coca-Cola items. From some of the earliest paper ads to the vending machines of the 1970’s, you will see a little of everything here, porcelain signs, light up signs, trucks, crates, BOTTLES, festoons, clocks, a side of an old barn that has a Coca-Cola ad painted on it, etc. This collection is from the Schmidt Family collection. They ran the Coca-Cola Bottling plant in Elizabethtown from 1920 to 1999.

 The collection simply started as the Schmidt family began to look for Coca-Cola memorabilia to decorate the Bottling Plant office. The collection grew and by 1976 they built space for the items to go in.

 The current museum was completed in 2005 and has 32,000 square feet of display area.

They also have a working soda fountain where you can get a REAL Cherry Coke and also a gift shop. Be sure and look for my book ‘The Coca-Cola Bottle’ in the gift shop.

The Museum is conveniently located off I-65. Look for the signs.

 Here is the address and website

109 Buffalo Creek Dr. Elizabethtown, KY 42701-7518 Phone (270) 234-1100

To see some pictures I took-go here:

3 Responses to “Schmidt Coca-Cola Memorabilia Museum”

  1. Cokebottles (Michael Shugg) Says:

    I have been to the Museum last year (2009) and then returned thiis year (2010). It’s worth a visit as there is many item I have never seen. Some of the items I have in my collection. I will return to the Museum when I return back to States.

  2. Kathy Franklin Says:

    I was wodering if you can help me with some info on an old coke bottle that I found inHouston Tx.
    1) yellow greenish bottle ??? odd color
    2) crackled design over entire bottle
    3) 1 ring around the top, under that
    4) a ring of stars, under that
    5) a ring of arches
    6) squiggly lines about an inch down
    7) the base says coca cola co
    8) the bottom says Brownwood Tx

    • cocacolabottleman Says:

      It sounds like you found a soda water or flavor bottle. The star and arch design was used from the 1920’s into the 1940’s.
      The strange color and crackled design may be from the bottle being altered(?) Just a guess, but I’ve seen bottles painted with a varnish, shellac or polyurethane to create a crackled look. OR the bottle has been heated and altered that way.

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