A Christmas Story House & Museum Backgrounder

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The House
Opened in 2006 by Brian Jones, A Christmas Story House welcomes visitors through the home of the Parker family, now restored to the original movie appearance. The house is completely interactive so guests can recreate their favorite movie scenes, such as taking photos by the leg lamp with a replica bb-gun, climbing under the kitchen sink like little brother Randy, or decoding a secret message in the bathroom while washing their mouths out with Lifebuoy soap!

The Museum
In 2006, Brian Jones also purchased the house across the street and converted it into A Christmas Story Museum, which contains many of the props from the movie including the family car, toys from the Higbee’s window, the chalkboard from Miss Shields’ classroom and an “Official Red Ryder Carbine Action, 200-shot, Range Model Air Rifle” bb-gun (one of only six produced for the film). 

The Gift Shop
Next to the museum, the gift shop features 3,500 square feet of movie memorabilia and holiday collectibles, including leg lamps and bunny suits.  The gift shop handles online sales through a warehouse and fulfillment facility located off site.

Hours & Admission
A Christmas Story House & Museum is open year-round, seven days a week: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended holiday hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Tickets cost $15 for adults; $14 for seniors (60+); $11 for children ages 3 – 12 (children under age 3 are free)

Tours
Tours run every half hour starting at 10:15 a.m. The last tour is at 4:30 p.m., a half-hour before closing. Tickets can be purchased at the gift shop or online. Tour times are subject to change depending on the number of guests and switch to self-guided tours during busier times in order to accommodate all guests. Hours are extended during holiday season and guests are encouraged to check the website for exact details.

Stay the Night
Relive A Christmas Story by spending the night in A Christmas Story House or the Bumpus House. There is no minimum stay requirement except for holidays which requires a two-night minimum stay, and days the property is closed guests staying in A Christmas Story House will enjoy access to the entire house all day. The Stolen Turkey and Hound Dog Haven are separate suites with in the Bumpus House. The Stolen Turkey Suite encompasses the second and third floors. The Hound Dog Haven Suite occupies the first floor and is handicap accessible. Check in is at 3pm and check out at 11am.

Location & Parking
A Christmas Story House & Museum is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. A Christmas Story House & Museum has two free parking lots and free street parking on the streets in front of and adjacent to the property. The first parking lot is located directly to the left of A Christmas Story House. The second parking lot is located to right of the gift shop.