POINT PLEASANT — The Mothman Museum, which has already seen thousands of visitors this year, will be joining the Mothman statue on Fourth St.
The museum, which is currently located a little further up on Main St., will be moving to its new, prime location, in terms of its proximity to the statue, hopefully a week before Labor Day, according to Jeff Wamsley of the Mothman Museum.
Wamsley said the museum’s new home is bigger in general, offering more space for displays, including more window space, and a larger gift shop area. Wamsley gave building owners Ruth and Rush Finley kudos for helping the museum with plans to move into its new home. The Finley’s also own the museum’s current home which Wamsley said won’t sit empty for long with plans by another entrepreneur to open a Naval museum in that space, possibly in time for the Mothman Festival which is Sept. 20-21. This also means one less empty storefront on Main St.
A grand re-opening of the world’s only Mothman Museum will happen at 9:45 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 at the new location during the festival, followed by the Mayor’s Welcome and the reveal of the new Mothman costume which is always a best kept secret.
The festival, of course, brings in thousands of people from not only across the country but the world. Each year it continues to grow in size, literally doubling the population of Point Pleasant for at least a couple of days. The festival also benefits not only downtown businesses but businesses all over Mason County and beyond. Hotel rooms are so in demand, rooms are booked a year in advance at the Lowe Hotel and quickly fill up in neighboring counties in both Ohio and West Virginia. Those who attend the festival seem to be committed to making it every year, rain or shine, as organizers saw last year with Saturday’s rains doing little to slow the crowd.
Besides being an archive for everything Mothman, the museum also houses pieces of Mason County’s history for visitors to learn about and to celebrate. Wamsley said staff at the museum also direct visitors to all the other area museums and points of interest to keep the curiosity about Mason County, not just Mothman, alive and well.
For more on the Mothman Festival, visit its Facebook page. The world’s only Mothman Festival Pageant will also take place Sept. 19-20 in Point Pleasant. Applications are now available online on Facebook and on the pageant’s website, missmothmanfestivalpageant.com.