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Seattle’s Official Bad Art Museum of Art is located at Cafe Racer – Visit Today!

2015 August 30
by Marlow Harris


The Official Bad Art Museum of Art (also known by the acronym OBAMA!) lives inside the bowels of Cafe Racer, a Seattle bar and restaurant. No cover charge, but we hope you’ll stay for a beer or a cup of coffee or maybe even a delicious Wonder Weiner (beef or veggie!)

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Cafe Racer is located at 5828 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle. It’s open early in the morning to late at night. Kids welcome!

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You never know what you’ll find at Cafe Racer and the Official Bad Art Museum of Art.  Live Music Thursday-Sunday, no cover!  Come for the Bad Art, Stay for the music and good food!

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Official Bad Art Museum of Art listed in Thrillist’s Top Strangest Museum in Washington State

2015 August 7
by Marlow Harris

Giant Shoe museum in Seattle

Sharing the billing with OBAMA in the Thrillist’s list of top strange museums is Danny Eskanazi’s Giant Shoe Museum in the Pike Place Market. Drop a quarter into the slot and behold the amazing collection of mammoth booties.

Official Bad Art Museum of Art Holiday Party at Cafe Racer!

2014 December 2
by Marlow Harris


Please join your friends at Cafe Racer and the Official Bad Art Museum of Art for the 5th annual Cafe Racer Holiday Tiki Ukulele and Cocktail Shindig with the Ukadelics and Lushy performing their Holiday Opus “Snowflake Surprise”, Saturday December 6th, 2014.

4-7pm, Racer Runts starts the festivities with some of Seattle’s most talented young musicians, produced by Jack David.

Dinner starts at 6pm with Moco Loco and Pulled Pork Sandwiches, plus special tiki and Polynesian drink specials.

8:00 Enjoy the dulcet tones, haunting melodies and toe-tapping South Pacific holiday songs of The Ukadelics, Seattle’s own 8-piece ukulele band.

9:30 Be prepared to crank it up for the phenomenal force for everything good, LUSHY! Performing their entire holiday album “Snowflake Surprise”.

Come as you are or don your favorite Aloha shirt, tiki togs or your most atrocious holiday/Christmas sweater. Prizes for the most horrific outfits of the evening.

Atlas Obscura Day in Seattle April 28, 2012

2012 April 23
by JoDavid


The Atlas Obscura is the definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places. User-generated and editor curated, the Atlas is a collaborative compendium of amazing places that aren’t found in your average guidebook.

And this month, Saturday, April 28th is Obscura Day, an international celebration of unusual places, full of expeditions, back room tours & explorations of the hidden wonders around the world. And Atlas Obscura notes two places in the Seattle area that are weird and wonderful enough to be included in the official Atlas Obscura Day celebration, the Official Bad Art Museum of Art and a tour of the Inscape Building and the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore.

Tour #1: Atlas Obscura Day at the Official Bad Art Museum of Art, sponsored byHendricks Gin, a “Gin made Oddly”.

All day is Atlas Obscura Day at Cafe Racer and the Official Bad Art Museum of Art.


Doors open at 10AM Saturday, April 28th. Have breakfast, peruse the Bad Art in theOBAMA, enjoy some “Hendricks Obscure Punch”.

Schedule is as follows:

2:00pm View in amazement an incredible array of bugs, marine invertebrates, isopods and lepidoptera from “Bug Man” Don Ehlen.


3:00pm Musical performance by Operadisiac, a surreal opera comedy duo that is sure to delight


4:30pm Performance by God’s Favorite Beefcake, featuring Shmootzi The Clod of Circus Contraption fame, with music and sword swallowing and God knows what else.


6:00pm (or thereabouts) the Nu Klezmer Army will entertain with their honkin’ versions of old time favorites.


… The hijinks continue until 1am.

Tour #2: Tour of Inscape building and Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore
Peek into Seattle’s past with a tour of the city’s 77,000-square-foot former Immigration and Naturalization Services building, plus a visit to the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore for rare D.B. Cooper, UFO, and Bigfoot-related artifacts.


Here’s our Facebook Event Page

• Jesus of Peeps •

2011 April 23
by JoDavid

Happy Easter to All Our Peeps!

from the Official Bad Art Museum of Art

finding the Good in Rotten Eggs since 2008

Jesus of Peeps

by Janet Galore

494 marshmallow Peeps with wood frame

4.5ft x 3.5ft

photos by Janet Galore

O.B.A.M.A.rama! Good art inspired by the bad art of The Official Bad Art Museum of Art

2010 December 16
by JoDavid



Good art inspired by the bad art of the

Official Bad Art Museum of Art

Friday, December 17 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

at Cafe Racer – 5828 Roosevelt Way NE – Seattle

That’s right! Original good art inspired by the bad art from The Official Bad Art Museum of Art (on permanent display in The O.B.A.M.A. Room at Cafe Racer)

The official opening party for O.B.A.M.A.rama! is this Friday, December 17th.

DJ David James will be spinning vintage soul and R&B tunes later that night so come early to check out the art, have some drinks, then stay late and DANCE!!!!

Cafe Racer asked some of our favorite artists to each make a piece and we have been overwhelmed by the quality and variety of the responses!

We would like to thank the following artists for participating in O.B.A.M.A.rama!

Deborah F. Lawrence
Angel O’Leary
Jo David
Art Garcia
Xavier Lopez Jr.
Thor Johnson
Scott Randall
Jonelle R. Lind
David Lasky *
Mark Strockbridge*
Bellis Helg*
Carl F. Nelson*
Stevie VanBronkhorst*
Nikki Burch*
Moe K. Ghorab*
Sean Michael Robinson*


*A member of The Bureau of Drawers, an association of amateur and professional cartoonists and illustrators, which meets every Wednesday at Cafe Racer. We are so thankful for their participation in this show, it could not have taken place without them. Be sure to watch for their annual Valentine and Halloween shows at Cafe Racer!!

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Official Bad Art Museum of Art
The Bureau Of Drawers

Facebook  Event Page for O.B.A.M.A.rama!

Visit the Official Bad Art Museum of Art in Seattle

2009 March 20
by JoDavid

Visit the Official Bad Art Museum of Art in Seattle

located at Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE

Hours 10am – 2am every day

• This is a partial gallery of the Museum’s collection •

Click on thumbnail views for larger images

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To make art donations to the museum or for press information, contact or

• Official Bad Art Museum of Art Opening Night

2009 March 20
by JoDavid

If you missed the opening, don’t worry, you can drop by anytime to the Official Bad Art Museum of Art at Cafe Racer because it’s now open from 10am until 2am, 7 days a week. Stop by for lunch or dinner or a cold one after work and view the stupendous art. 
• Video by Marlow •

• Also check out the Fun Photos of the Opening Party •

• OBAMA in the News •

2009 March 20
by JoDavid

• The Official Bad Art Museum of Art gets down with its funky self!

VIDEO on KING-5 TV Evening Magazine
The Stranger’s Jen Graves calls us a Bad Art Temple

Bad Art in Seattle: When it’s bad it’s better by Regina Hackett

Can’t Miss OBAMA  on Seattlest

Museum offers eyefull of Bad Art from North Seattle Herald

Marlow interviewed on Jack E. Jett radio show

Marlow interviewed on Peter Anthony Holder’s radio show

OBAMA in the News from Scoutabout

Sweet Mention from Mr. and Mrs. Pixel

Cafe Racer Revue from Project K-Bar

Bad Art Museum to Open in Ravenna from Citizen Rain

OBAMA featured on

We’re HOT in Seattle Magazine’s “IN” List

Official Bad Art Museum of Art on Evening Magazine “Art So Bad It’s Good!”

2009 March 19
by Marlow Harris