Reopened Nov. 15 in Buena Park after a four-year hiatus, Mott's Miniatures Museum already has run into a sizable problem: minuscule attendance.
It seems customers are balking at paying admission to see "The Last Supper" painted on the head of a pin, costumed fleas and other memorable favorites from one of Orange County's quirkiest tourist attractions, according to owner Christopher Mott.
"It's discouraging and disheartening," said Mott, the third generation of the Mott clan to carry on the miniatures trade. "People encouraged us for years to reopen the museum. Now that it's open, we aren't getting the support."
The museum's own tradition is part of the problem. Located for 34 years inside Knott's Berry Farm, the exhibit was "free" with the price of admission to the Buena Park theme park. After Knott's terminated the lease in 1992, the Mott family put the museum exhibits in storage while it worked to replant its retail business in a new spot.