Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Viva la Diva! for the Ultimate Fan Pilgrimage, Celebrate the Lives and Times of Gay-Popular Icons Old and New at These Carefully (Sometimes Obsessively) Curated Private Collections and Diva Museums

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Viva la Diva! for the Ultimate Fan Pilgrimage, Celebrate the Lives and Times of Gay-Popular Icons Old and New at These Carefully (Sometimes Obsessively) Curated Private Collections and Diva Museums

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THE BARBRA SHOP

Palm Springs, Calif.

Say "Hello, gorgeous!" to the Barbra Shop (pictured, right) in Palm Springs, featuring a fanatical collection of gowns, headpieces, playbills, albums, and artwork, including period-defining busts from San Francisco's now closed Streisand museum. Want more? Impassioned owner Louis J. Papalas charges just $20 (which can be applied to a purchase, all profits from which go to charity) for private warehouse tours showcasing more than 50,000 other items. TheBarbraShop.com

BRITNEY SPEARS EXHIBIT

Kentwood, La.

Catch highlights from the pop starlet's pre-pantieless days at her hometown's Kentwood Historical and Cultural Arts Museum. Highlights include a scale replica of the Dream Within a Dream tour stage, trophies, family photos, and platinum records--minus the tabloid fury. KentwoodMuseum.tripod.com

CHASING RAINBOWS MUSEUM

Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

With extensive interactive exhibits such as the sing-along stage and a wig station, the Chasing Rainbows museum--located within the Great Smoky Mountains theme park Dollywood-takes Dolly Patton drag to a fan-tastic level, retracing her hardscrabble rise from east Tennessee obscurity to become country music's reigning diva. Dollywood.com

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CHER SHRINE

Los Angeles

Los Angeles-based Javier Ozuna's "Cher Shrine"--a highlight of 2005's Cher Convention-is a never-ending farewell tour in its own right. Private tours of the collection, partially housed in his Burbank apartment, may be arranged via e-mail. …

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