There are several contenders for "Great Oklahoma Films" but nothing holds a more special place in my wind swept, debris-strewn heart more than the 1996 F-5 of a film, Twister! It was filmed primarily in Oklahoma with a few scenes showcasing the town of Wakita. And that's where the Twister Movie Museum has been ever since.
Since this year is the 25th anniversary of the film, I thought it was time to go back for a visit for the first time in several years. And since I was there, why not pick another Top 5 List?
5. Twister Pinball Machine
This eye-catching piece is near the entrance and sets the tone for visitors. I would have it much higher on the list but it's not functional. Which is a shame, because you just know it had plenty of movie sound effects like wind, shouting and maybe that evil weatherman getting his face smashed in and whatnot. For now, we'll just have to imagine.
4. Twister the Ride Smashed Penny
Anybody that knows me knows that I love to smash a penny or two. While the museum doesn't have its own penny smashing machine, it does have this smashed beauty from Universal Studios' Twister ride. They shut the ride down in 2015 but it's nice to have a tiny little memento from it on display.
3. Twister Trading Cards
The main reason I included these is because I'm constantly looking for them on eBay and can never find them. They're a throwback to the days when just about everything got their own collectible trading card set regardless of their level of success or popularity. I'd still like to pick some up if I ever see them in the wild, if only to finally get ahold of that Philip Seymour Hoffman rookie card.
2. Twister Storyboards
The makers of the film donated several items to the museum from the production including several storyboards. It's a nice way to see what they envisioned for a few scenes and shows some of the talent involved in movie making before they ever start rolling cameras.
Nothing beats a small town, roadside museum and there's nothing better than a small town with a cool gimmick. The Twister Movie Museum combines the best of both. And as an added bonus, here's another visitor I spotted who showed up for the 25th Anniversary: