Smoking Required-Sign

Marty entering the Biff Tannen Museum where, according to the sign at the entrance, smoking is "required". The security guard who tips off Skinhead, Match and 3-D as to Marty's presence can be seen at the ticket booth in the background.


A waxwork figure of Biff Tannen (on the far right), posing with his restored 1955 Ford Super De Luxe Convertible at the entrance of the Biff Tannen Museum in 1985A.


The museum documentary shows home movie footage of Biff and Lorraine Baines McFly's wedding.

BIff Museum ticket

The Biff Tannen Museum ticket.

"Just before the hotel entrance was the door to another building, the BIFF TANNEN MUSEUM according to the neon sign out front. Marty stopped for a second to stare at the display area in front of the ticket window. / There, in the middle of the display, was the black roadster Biff had driven back in 1955 — the same one that had gotten bashed in that collision with a manure truck. Except now the car had been totally restored; it was so sleek and brightly polished that it almost looked brand new. And next to that was a lifelike wax figure of Biff! It was a pretty good likeness too — the same burly body and sloping forehead. They had even gotten the smirk right."
—From Back to the Future Part II by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, pages 111 and 112)
" [The narration for the documentary continued] "Meet the women who shared in his passion as he searched for true love." / More photos followed [on the video monitor] — top models, starlets, women in swimsuits on magazine covers. / "And relive Biff's happiest moment as — in 1973 — he realized his lifelong dream by marrying his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Baines McFly." / Lorraine Baines McFly? The monitor showed a home movie of Biff coming out of a church with Marty's mother! / Biff grinned into the camera. "Third time's the charm." He turned, and kissed Marty's mother full on the mouth. / "No!" Marty screamed. He must be dreaming! Anything but this! "NO!" "
—From Back to the Future Part II by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, pages 113 and 114)

The Biff Tannen Museum was a museum dedicated to Biff Tannen's illustrious 1985A life.


The museum was attached to Biff Tannen's Pleasure Paradise Casino & Hotel, and contained among its exhibits a waxwork figure of Biff standing next to his newly restored Ford Super De Luxe Convertible from 1955, both of which could seen at the main entrance — outside which was a sign that read Smoking Required. According to the tickets, admission to the museum was $5.00.

There was a documentary on a video monitor at the entrance which Marty McFly watched after he traveled back home after a brief trip to 2015, hoping to be in the 1985 he knew.

While here, Marty was found and knocked out by Skinhead, Match and 3-D who, in this ABC timeline, were working as Biff's bodyguard — and had no doubt been tipped off by the security guard at the entrance, who started talking into his personal radio when he spotted Marty watching the documentary.

After Marty burned the Grays Sports Almanac in 1955, this nightmarish timeline was overwritten by 1985B — as a result of which the museum not only ceased to exist, but never had existed.

Behind the scenes[]

  • The narration for the video documentary shown at the Biff Tannen Museum was provided by Neil Ross.
  • The Smoking Required sign was a standard "No Smoking" symbol, without the diagonal red bar across it.