Today it seems like there are museums dedicated to pretty much anything and everything, so it may not be much of a surprise for readers to learn that there is a museum devoted to a common tool: the hammer.

The dedicated construction enthusiast may want to make a trip to Haines, Alaska. There, they can visit the world's largest collection of hammers. Since 2002, the Hammer Museum has been charting the history of the tool and has amassed a collection of some 10,000 hammers, although only 2,000 are on display.

The small Museum's four rooms guide visitors on a walk through hammer history, from the rock hammers that crafted the Pyramid of Menkaure, to intricate Native American and Native Alaskan tools that helped build America. The short journey makes it apparent that hammers (literally, at times) carved the way to modern tool making.

The number of trades and occupations which used some form of the hammer over the centuries is surprising: miners, stone masons, construction workers, shoe makers, metal workers, blacksmiths, railroad workers, warriors, barristers, and even candy makers, just to name a few.

The smallest hammer on display measures a mere 2 inches (5 cm) while the largest is 20 feet (6 m) long. Among the hammers on display is a rock hammer used to build the Egyptian pyramids, as well as those used for everything from building a railroad to breaking into a crab dinner.

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