American Super Heroes Museum Opens in Indianapolis

March 31, 2007 11:02 AM EDT

By David Barras
News 8 @ 5:30

INDIANAPOLIS - It is a museum of memorabilia that can be found only one other place in the entire world and starting Saturday it is opening in downtown Indianapolis. And the American Super Heroes Museum is guaranteed to evoke memories and make you feel like a super hero.

"The second largest public display of Superman memorabilia in the world," said David Morton, American Super Heroes Museum.

It is really the private collection of Dane Nash of Fishers. In the collection is the very first Superman costume worn in the movie serials of the late 40s and early 50s by Kirk Alyn. And another worn by George Reeves in the original black and white version of the Adventures of Superman television show is on display. When the show went to color so too did his costume. Visitors will also see a special Superman costume worn by Christopher Reeves in the Superman 2 movie.

"And nowadays we have real life heroes. We need more heroes. And so Dane thought what a great way to display his collection and create a platform for heroism and what it means to be heroic and what we can do to be role models for other people," Morton said.

There are rare collectibles as well. There is everything from dolls, to a charm for a bracelet, to a lunch box. And it is not just Superman represented here. Supergirl's costume is on display, one worn by Helen Slater, and even a nightgown that a future Desperate Housewife wore when she was known as Lois Lane.

"I'm going to say with a smile, I think we're in awe by the reaction. People calling from around the country wanting to come in to Indianapolis to see the collection because it is literally one of a kind," Morton said.

Eventually, the museum will include a Bat Cave with the Batmobile and the Bat Boat on display. But for now, it's a bird, it's a plane, nope it's a museum in downtown Indianapolis and the owners say it promises to be super.

The American Super Heroes Museum will open Saturday, Mar. 31 at 10:00 a.m. It is located at 20 West Louisiana, just across the street from the Pacers Academy. It is $5 to get in and kids under 8 are free. It is also free for what they call real life heroes: police, firefighters and anyone on active military duty