5 Reasons to visit the Burt Reynolds Museum

08/04/2012 12:00 AM

07/31/2012 5:05 PM

In less than two months, the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum will leave its quaint home in a converted bank building at the Indiantown Road and U.S. 1 bridge in Jupiter. And although the whole kit and caboodle of career and Hollywood memorabilia is set to relocate eventually in a new building in (surprise!) Burt Reynolds Park, you have just days to get your lovingly eclectic fix of classic Burt. Here are five things you don’t want to miss:

1. The canoe from Deliverance: He got a real pretty … boat. While nothing good came of the fictional trip down the river of four weekend warriors, especially for poor Ned Beatty, the well-preserved vessel that Burt, Beatty, Ronnie Cox and Jon Voight rode in is cool to see — particularly on dry land.

2. The Award Case of Burt’s Awesomeness: OK, that’s not the official name of it, but it holds many sparkly, shiny trinkets, including Burt’s Golden Globe Awards for Boogie Nights and Evening Shade, and his Emmy for Evening Shade. You’ll also see the keys to many cities and many, many honorary sheriff’s badges.

3. A better gift than throwing a phone: Russell Crowe’s been known to cause a ruckus, and, in at least one instance, hit a dude with a phone, but when it came to getting a gift for his Mystery, Alaska co-star Burt, he was a lot more thoughtful. The Gladiator himself presented Burt with a chair made of hockey sticks, an ode to the movie’s hapless team.

4. Saddle up! Burt wasn’t just a star in Westerns, like Gunsmoke, but a fan of the genre as well. And on display, right near the canoe, is a saddle from Trigger, Roy Rogers’ beloved horse, as well as the original bill of sale of the noble equine sidekick.

5. Better than a bouquet of roses: Most people don’t keep gifts from their exes (or, at least, might want to put them through a metal detector first). But Burt wisely held onto former flame Chris Evert’s Virginia Slims trophy, autographed by the champion with “I WON IT FOR YOU.”

• Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum, 100 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter; 561-743-9955; www.brift.org/brift-museum.php. Open Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Admission $5.

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