The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum opened to the public on Feb. 1, co-founded by CEO Phil Sklar, a member of Congregation Shalom.
The Hall of Fame collection includes bobbleheads of many famous Jews, including Sandy Koufax, Albert Einstein and Mark Cuban. The museum is at 170 S. 1st St., second floor, in Milwaukee.
He and co-founder Brad Novak laid plans for months to display their collection of bobbleheads, including representations of athletes, entertainers and political figures.
Novak and Sklar started their collection in 2002, after Novak, who worked for the Rockford RiverHawks minor league baseball team, received a free bobblehead of the team’s mascot. He and Sklar then spent several years using their vacation days to travel around the country to baseball games with bobblehead giveaways. They went to 27 of 30 major league parks, Sklar said. Between the two of them, they would get two bobbleheads, keep one and trade the other, often going online to do the trade, he said. The two also started foraging for figurines at Goodwill.
Once word got out about the museum, Sklar said people started to donate figurines. One man from Cleveland, Robert Manak, donated over 1,500 bobbleheads to the museum before he died in 2015. Others sold their bobbleheads to the museum at reduced prices.