The Museum started in the 1980's with a box of artifacts. The reality of a hobo museum took hold when the Chief Theatre was purchased by the Hobo Foundation with money willed to them from an unknown hobo. Collections have come from all over the world. Books written by hobos, Music recorded by hobos crafts created by hobos are all available at the Hobo Museum. Recently classes from Iowa State University came in and renovated both the building and exhibits..