|First appearance||The Flash #154 (August 1965)|
The Flash Museum is a fictional museum that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The museum is dedicated to the superheroes sharing the alias of the Flash, with its primary focus on Barry Allen. It first appeared in The Flash #154 (August 1965), created by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino.
The museum has been destroyed and subsequently rebuilt several times during the careers of both Barry Allen and Wally West. The museum was originally located in Central City, but was relocated to Keystone City after the original was destroyed by Hunter Zolomon. The museum was last destroyed in The Flash vol. 2, #196 (May 2003), and a rebuilt museum is shown in The Flash vol. 2, #208 (May 2004). After the death of the fourth Flash (Bart Allen), a statue of him was constructed with a candlelight vigil in his memory being held shortly thereafter. Bart's statue was vandalized and later destroyed by Superman-Prime, who holds a grudge against Bart for his initial defeat during the events of Infinite Crisis.
The museum features various exhibits about the Flash, including his battles and his rogues gallery of foes. The museum also contains a working cosmic treadmill, the device that allows Flash to travel to other dimensions and across time. In addition to the exhibits, the Flash Museum houses a vast storage of various artifacts and weaponry that the Flash has encountered. Depending on the story, some of these weapons are actually part of public exhibits, and are occasionally used during a fight.
The museum's curator since its founding is Dexter Myles, a former Shakespearean actor given the job by Barry Allen after his assistance in foiling a robbery. The museum is depicted in JLA/Avengers #1 (September 2003), and is the site of a battle between the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver against Black Canary, Blue Beetle, and Hawkman to retrieve the Wand of Watoomb, which is won by the Avengers after the Witch uses her chaos magic to knock out the other fighters.
In Justice League: Cry for Justice, Jay Garrick, Ray Palmer, and Freddy Freeman arrive at a destroyed Flash Museum where technology from the cosmic treadmill was stolen, and three of Jay's friends were killed.
In the "Cobalt Blue" storyline, the Flash Museum is shown to exist in the 25th and 30th centuries. By the later era, the museum contains exhibits on the many Flashes of the previous 1,000 years. The new curators are a pair of robots named Dexter and Myles.
Several years before the Legion of Superheroes are formed, the Flash Museum is a derelict wreck. This is because the current President of Earth, Thawne, despises the Allen genealogical line. Despite this, it hosts the functioning Cosmic Treadmill.
- In the Flashpoint reality, Flash is not Central City's superhero. Instead the resident hero Citizen Cold has his own museum.
In other media
- The Flash Museum is referenced in the live-action CBS television series The Flash. In the episode "Fast Forward", Barry Allen is thrown 10 years into the future where Central City is ruled by the brutal dictator Nicholas Pike. Allen is taken to the headquarters of the resistance, where they keep a room full of Flash artifacts that they refer to as "the Flash museum." Among the artifacts are newspapers, the Mask of Rasputin (from the episode "Honor Among Thieves"), the Trickster's costume, the Ghostess's costume, Nightshade's costume (both from the episode "Ghost in the Machine"), and a replica Flash costume.
- The Flash Museum appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Flash and Substance". True to form, it is destroyed in the fight between the Flash, Batman, Orion, and several members of the Flash's rogues gallery. A huge statue of the Flash is built in front of the museum. Among the exhibits are Jay Garrick's helmet, the Kid Flash costume, some wax mannequins of Flash's enemies, one of Captain Boomerang's actual boomerangs, and a globe with a miniature Flash and Superman racing around it to commemorate their race in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Speed Demons".
- The Flash Museum is referenced in the CW television series The Flash. In the episode "Things You Can't Outrun", Barry Allen mentions that he "doesn't want a museum built in [his] name", when asked whether or not he helps people for the glory. In the season 1 finale, "Fast Enough," when Barry is running back in time, there are a few glimpses of future events, one of them being the Flash museum.
- In the animated movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the Flash museum appears attacked by Captain Cold, Top, Captain Boomerang, Heat Wave and Mirror Master. However, Professor Zoom betrays the rogues and attaches bombs to them which cannot be removed. The plot is thwarted when the Justice League arrive and manage to dispose the bombs from each of the rogues.
- The Flash Museum appears in DC Universe Online.
- In a storyline of the comic strip Funky Winkerbean, The Flash Museum in Central City is a destination for a surprise trip planned for Darrin, a main character.
- The Flash vol. 2, #197 (June 2003)
- Countdown #43 (July 4, 2007)
- The Flash #154 (August 1965)
- Teen Titans vol. 3, #18 (January 2005)
- "Guided Tour: The Central City Flash Museum". The Flash Secret Files #1 (November 1997)
- "Impulse" #25 (May 1997)