About the Museum

Hello! Thank you for visiting our on-line Button Museum!

Since pinback buttons were patented in 1896, people have found many ways to express their life events through buttons.  We created the Button Museum to show how people commemorated noteworthy times in their lives by creating and collecting these wearable mementos. The words, artwork, printing style, color, and size were the final result of a vision they wanted to communicate or be a part of.

You are welcome to visit Busy Beaver Button Co.'s factory to view the Button Museum in person.   We also happily accept button donations!

Please add your button images to the Fan Museum and also, please contact us if you find any missing information.  Our goal is to make this as complete and concise as possible, while piquing your curiosity about the times these buttons represent.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
Joel and Christen Carter
(brother/sister button making/collecting duo)

The Button Museum
3407 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

OPEN: Monday-Friday 10-4 or by appointment.


A big THANK YOU to Ted Hake. Who founded Hake's Americana, where you can find an amazing selection of buttons (and other stuff!) for your collection. You will be hard-pressed to find anyone who knows more about button history than Ted! He also started a site to sell some buttons tedhake.com, hundreds and hundreds for sale!

To connect with other button collectors, we belong to the APIC. We suggest you join, too!

Website made by Michael Kostal