The Angel Museum
The Angel Museum is a not-for-profit organization that emphasizes angels as symbols for what is joyful, noble and good in this life. It refrains from promoting religion or a theology of angels.
The mission of The Angel Museum is to promote a unique and personal experience that stimulates and enriches the human spirit. Visitors are invited to enjoy and experience goodness anytime they visit The Angel Museum.
The Angel Museum is dependent on the gracious caring of its volunteers, the generous sponsorships of corporate, association and individual angels of our own and of course our welcomed visitors.
We regularly host special events of our own as well as those sponsored by other groups and individuals. You’re invited to sign up for our newsletter to stay abreast what’s coming up.
A Special Letter from Joyce Berg and Patty Hansberry, President – Board of Trustees:
Dear Friends of the Angel Museum,
St. Paul on the Riverfront DBA The Angel Museum, a not for profit 501c3 corporation, is struggling. We do not have sufficient funds , memberships, corporate sponsors, or volunteers to staff and operate the museum. We are now celebrating 20 years in business, but will be unable to open and continue in 2019.
We are so appreciative for the thousands of you who have visited and supported us through the years. We extend a very loving thank you to all.
What will happen between now and the end of the this year we are not quite sure. The angels will likely have to travel.
Perhaps there are those among you that could offer a helpful solution to us. If so, please contact us soon as our closure is imminent.
President, Board of Trustees
St. Paul on the Riverfront
Angel Lady and Collector
The world’s largest angel collection:
Began in 1976 when Joyce and Lowell Berg were on vacation in Florida. When visiting an antique store, they fell in love with an Italian bisque figurine of two angels on a sea-saw.
It captured their hearts and angel collecting soon became a passion for the couple. In 2008, the Berg Angel Collection numbered over 13,600. The Angel Museum has become one of Beloit’s most sought after visitor attractions.
Over 11,000 angels and angel artifacts are on exhibit for all to enjoy ranging in size from 1/8 inch to life size made of over 100 different materials from fine porcelain to macaroni. Artifacts have been created by artisans and crafters from over 60 different countries including Italy, Germany, Japan, India and Russia.
The majority of the Berg Angel Collection was purchased on the second-hand market including antique shops, flea markets, estate sales and auctions. .
Other unique features to the museum…
include the original stained glass windows, lanterns and the pre-Renaissance architecture typical of churches in small Italian villages.
The museum is home to over 600 black angels donated by Oprah Winfrey. The angels were gifts from her fans. Hundreds of angels donated by individuals, families and angel club members as memorials and gifts to the museum are also on exhibit. Seasonal exhibits also enhance the museum experience. When asked why she wanted an Angel Museum, Joyce simply said, “I want to see a place where goodness prevails and I can share my angels with the masses.” The Angel Museum will provide a unique experience to all who enter its doors.
It is the only one of its kind in America and possibly the world. Goodness has certainly been experienced by over 185,000 visitors from every state in the United States and every continent in the world since the museum opened.