This house is a mystery
It has to be one of the strangest museums in the South.
The Abita Mystery House, also known as the UCM Museum, is famous for its quirky exhibits and weird creations. Inside the folk-art museum, guests will find thousands of homemade inventions and creepy exhibits, and other delightfully bizarre paraphernalia.
John Preble grew up in the New Orleans area in a family of collectors. As a child, he began collecting stamps, coins, and bottles. He has a number of hobbies and jobs. Like a musician, composer, record producer, painter, and 10 years ago, the creator of the whimsical Abita Mystery House.
“I don’t want expensive things, I want things that are interesting,” says Preble. “Someone brought me a bottle opener that looked like Jimi Hendrix… perfect!”
The mystery house has a large assortment of bizarre animals—some with more than one head. Wood-carved fantasy creatures include a bassigator, dogigator and quackigator. All while a special robot display reveals moving parts formed from ordinary kitchen appliances.
Throughout the location, you’ll find the museum with several buildings, all filled with objects that could definitely be found in a junkyard. There’s an old Creole cabin, a house covered with shards of broken pottery, a mysterious Airstream that’s been struck by a UFO, old postcards, radios, trophy fish, and more. Each part of the museum depicts a taste of life in Louisiana.
Preble could be one of the few junk collectors left, but his appreciation for creating art and sharing it with others is even more special. For just three dollars, anyone can get a full tour of the Abita Mystery House and have an experience like no other.
Visitors can find the roadside attraction in Abita Springs, Louisiana (just north of New Orleans). Preble says he wants that “Oh, my!” from his visitors, and there’s plenty of that waiting inside.