A Magical Tour of Hammargren World

A Magical Tour of Hammargren World

Photos by Nikki Artale

Dr. Lonnie Hammargren once again opened up his home to the public in honor of Nevada Day on November 3rd and 4th at 4318 Ridgecrest Drive, Las Vegas. It was the 17th annual celebration highlighting his vast collection of memorabilia that he has collected over the years.

Lonnie moved to his home in 1971 and soon after added a second floor planetarium and then continued to expand adding bridges, tunnels and building up to three levels. He wanted to live within a few minutes from the hospital where he took care of his patients.

Dr. Hammargren was a noted neurosurgeon and served as Lt. Governor of Nevada 1995-1999.

Dr. Lonnie Hammargren

Dr. Hammargren started at the age of five collecting butterflies and his collecting has grown all these years into his own fantasy house. Home is where the heart is and you can see his heart in his fabulous collection. He fulfills his fantasies and it shows in the displays of selected items.

He performs with a local polka band the Dummkopfs on Sundays at the Skyline Casino in Henderson. The band entertained the crowds at the open house.

I felt like I was reliving Willie Wonka days as I wandered through out the house and now I’m wondering if I saw everything. We went in and out of wings, up and down staircases and rooms and I was fascinated with everything.

It was a great experience to see the Nevada history in all the memorabilia and I am definitely going to visit the house again next year. Dr. Hammargren is still collecting items and his latest additions are from Phantom of the Opera which morphs into Phantom of Paradise. One of his newest pieces is the stuffed turkey on his dining room table.


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