Gerald Matthews Museum of Un-Natural History

About the Museum


Dada Comes to Walla Walla

I once lived next to the American Museum of Natural History in Manhatten in an apartment made for big parties. One rowdy night we all invaded the grounds of the museum and drunkenly agreed there was a need for a museum of un-natural history to present a less factual point of view. In fact, perhaps, a provocative, even offensive, point of view for the rare discerning few.

The moment arrived in the summer of 2001 after my first gallery show in Walla Walla, Washington left me with too many cumbersome constructions to take home, and I realized an ambition to curate a museum of my own works. A loft space became available over Tallman’s Drugs on Main Street in downtown Walla Walla for a price I could manage. I gutted the room, painted it and moved in on September 10, 2001.

Since then, I’ve been open every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. There is no charge, and I can be persuaded to open at any reasonable hour for those who are willing to use the telephone or internet and promise to say something interesting in my guest book.

Notes from the Guest Book

I enjoy how you make art that is a synthesis of surrealism and political commentary.

Surreal! Absurd! And oh so witty! Worth multi-visits to take it all in... Gerry Matthews is quite simply — GOOD!

Still the best damn museum in America.

Your work is the TITS! Keep on truckin’.

This gives a whole new meaning to art! I love it! Every one is different and you, my friend, are my new favorite unique person. Kudos to you.

Dude. I want my room to look like this. So trippy!!!

I could stare at the little worlds found in each of your pieces for hours. Amazing.

A great philosopher indeed! NPR or PBS would do well to honor you.

An oasis of thought in the desert.

A world beyond Walla Walla. A world within a world without walls.

This is the Weimar Republic with a sense of humor.

The most interesting, rich, surprising and amazing self-museum I have ever seen. Congratulations!

Can’t wait to bring my kids and family — this is a must-see.

I left my heart in the Museum of Un-Natural History.