Museums, the centers of knowledge and lovely exhibits, hangout spots on school trips, are the only place which bothers sharing information on a particular subject in great detail. Museums have their fair share of people who love and hate them, and we agree that there’s lots of them out there which are downright boring, but these museums will blow your head off, put on your seat-belts, because this is a ride through the most whacky museums around the world. Even if you’re not particularly interested in learning what they are all about, the exhibits will probably make for some lasting memories. Featured Image by :- Srikanth Kolli
Make way dinosaur in the museum, there’s weird exhibits to see.
Museum of Death,
Where: Los Angeles, The US
Walk in to this museum, for a self guided educational tour on death, where you will find photos, recreations of crime scenes, artwork based around serial killers and even pet taxidermy. It is said the have the guillotined head of notorious Frenchman who went by the name of Blue Beard. If you are into serial killer movies and thrillers of the sort, you should make a visit. Their specialty is recreations from the Charles Manson case, hugely popular in the US.
Top Secret Spy Museum
Where: Oberhausen, Germany
This museum is dedicated to the real Ethan Hunts and James Bonds of the world, those we might not be able to recognize, as you go through a cliched setting of where spies may operate and what their missions are like, you get to learn about the evolution of espionage and even a chance to look at all the gadgets (real world gadgets, not flying cars) that spies in the world have used. This is a must if you eat, sleep and breathe covert.
Teddy Bear Museum,
Where: Seoul, South Korea
We all love the cuddly teddy bears we used to sleep with, as babies. There’s a soft corner (pun intended) for these things no matter how old one may be, and that becomes evident in this museum. The museum has teddy bears from different places, of different sizes. They essentially send out a message of “The evolution of life in Korea” using teddy bears.
Icelandic Phallological Museum,
Where: Reykjavik, Iceland
This museum is dedicated to phalluses of all mammals found in Iceland, they house more than 215 different phalluses and penile parts. They recently got human specimens too, and as dirty as it may sound, you can get your hand on a few of the exhibits. What makes it unique other than the fact that it is a museum dedicated to penises is that they treat phallology as a proper field of study and so their exhibits are full of information.
Museum of Bad Art,
Where: Boston, Massachusetts
Why would you want to visit a museum with bad art? Well, the guys at MOBA (that’s what they call it) believe that this museum is meant to make people feel better about themselves, When they look at all the bad art, they generally have fun making fun of the works and claiming that they can do better. This temporary confidence boost goes a long way, apparently. If you find yourself in Boston with mere minutes to spare, you can feel better about yourself and your art by going here.
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Sulabh Toilet Museum,
Where: New Delhi, India
Yes, there is museum on toilets. It documents the evolution of toilets and other than that they’ve got a few fancy exhibits that we surely wouldn’t mind in our bathrooms. Who wouldn’t want to do their business, on a throne!?
This museum shows us that there is beauty in all things, given the intricately decorated toilets. The aim of Sulabh has been to improve sanitation and awareness of the same in India, currently they’re compiling an encyclopaedia on toilets. That ought to be something that finds a place on your coffee table. There are similar museums in the US and Ukraine, but this is the most popular one, when it comes to toilets.
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Museum of Broken Relationships,
Where: Zagreb, Croatia
This museum plucks at the broken strings that still play a painful song in your heart, the idea behind this came from two artists, they now take donations (symbols of a special relationship that don’t exist anymore and put them up on display, with a heartbreaking story behind them. If you are into romance and drama, you might want to see the happy ever after that never came.
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Momofuku Ando Ramen Museum,
Where: Osaka, Japan
Momofuku Ando, that’s the man you should thank for saving you during your college days, the inventor of cup noodles has a museum after his great invention that works wonders at filling people up, at low costs. The ramen museum traces the roots of the product and talks about how it is made, what it has and so and so forth. The most notable thing here are the stories behind ramen being used in the World War as a source of energy for soldiers.
Go to this place when you’re hungry, after you’ve built up an appetite and finished your tour, you can make and eat a custom bowl of ramen.
Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments,
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands
We agree, there’s torture instruments in museums around the world, but is there a museum dedicated only to these painfully crafted, damage inflicting goods? This museum is a gut wrenching tour filled with imaginary pain, as you see the items on display, clamping your genitals or impaling your heart. If you find time from you Van Gogh Museums, bridges and underground clubs, make a visit to this place when in Amsterdam.
Kansas Barbed Wire Museum,
Where: LaCrosse, Kansas, The US
What’s so special about barbed wire that it deserves it’s own museum? Well, here in Kansas, there’s more than 2400 varieties of barbed wire, the museum is specially focused on barbed wires because it has been a key product in demarcating boundaries and territory in America, since the 1860s.
The barbed wire museum sheds light on the different types of wire that are used to keep out (or fence in) people, cattle, small animals etc.
Cancun Underwater Museum,
Where: Cancun, Mexico
This is less of a museum and more of an art gallery, 6 Mexican sculptors have built these statues out of pH neutral clay, and submerged them in water at depths of 3 to 10 meters. The material they are built of supports marine activity so one day there will be a thriving coral system around these works of art, and one will be able to enjoy them by diving, and soaking in the beauty of an underwater stone community as well as marine life.
Where: Nonthaburi, Thailand
Thailand happens to be the world’s largest producer of condoms and it’s no surprise that there is a museum dedicated to this product. The small museum has Thai condoms dating back to the 1950s. This museum has other things to see other than condoms, such as condom strength tests and even funny posters advertising their use. The museum was opened to eliminate the negative sentiment around using condoms in Thailand.
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Mini Bottle Gallery,
Where: Oslo, Norway
This 3 storeyed building is a museum of miniature bottles, with 50,000 miniatures on display. Some of the bottles are downright weird, holding mice and worms while the others hold fruits and berries and then of course, alcohol. The museum also has a slide (weeeeee) that slides down to a “horror room”, we’re still wondering what would bottles in a horror room hold, any guesses?
The Bunny Museum,
Where: Pasadena, California, The US
This home converted into museum houses 30,000 odd bunny related items, and even though it’s all messy and haphazard, your little daughters are bound to go crazy here! The bunny museum is among the weirdest attractions of the US and is constantly growing in size and popularity. You’re guaranteed a hoppy day (get it?) once you come here.
Museum of Vampires,
Where: Les Lilas, France
Yes, it is a vampire museum, but thankfully you won’t find any white men with glowing skin or emotionless girls here. The museum, not far from Paris is a treat to those who are fascinated by the vampire folklore. Filled with the traditional crimson and black color scheme, this museum has memorabilia from every actor that has every played a vampire, as well as documents (credibility unknown) on vampirism and related folklore about rituals in Paris.
Museum of Food Anomalies,
This museum is the funniest yet, and it is online! You can access it here, the museum of food anomalies has funny images of food that ended up looking a lot like different faces and things. Watch out for the same when you are eating and you can send them your contribution too! Watch out for the captions they are immensely funny.
Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum,
Where: Gatlinburg, Tennessee, The US
Plenty of salt and pepper in this little town in Tennessee, the salt and pepper shaker museum is the only one of it’s kind (with a sister museum in Spain) and holds 20,000 pairs of Salt and Pepper shakers, from feet to hugging shakers, there’s something of each type.
For a mere 3$ fee and countless features on TV, go for it, we know you won’t take this advice with a pinch of salt.
Where: St. Petersburg, Russia
The Kunstkamera is Russia’s oldest museum, with over 2 MILLION specimens. The main features here are disturbing, fetuses with rarities and anatomical deficiencies. The museum has been active since the 1880s and has a collection of painfully curated fetuses in jars, only to enlighten the world that monsters don’t exist and that deformities are a “gift of nature”
WIllem Mons’ severed head is still preserved here in a tank full of alcohol for the world to see the punishment of treason and betrayal in Russia.
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Where: Paris, France
What could possibly be so interesting about sewers that they made a bizarre museum around it? This museum is one that sheds light on the sewage network and it’s growth since the 1300s, unlike the stereotypical sewer, these are surprisingly airy and spacious. Ignore the signages and historic but uninteresting presentations and take a stroll through the network admiring the massive machines, this wouldn’t be the highlight of your trip but it’ll surely help cool off in the summer. It is also among the cheapest attractions in otherwise expensive Paris.
Museum of Witchcraft,
Where: Cornwall, The UK
Okay, bring your brooms and cauldrons out, this is where you can be your true self. The museum of witchcraft in Cornwall has the largest set of witchcraft related artifacts, some of them being controversial. If you are fascinated by voodoo dolls, spells and everything evil you shouldn’t miss this. Witchcraft was taken seriously till the early 90s so you might as well check this place out and know why.
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Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum,
Where: Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
Have you seen the movie Saw? Great, then you’re about to get scared. Ventriloquism seems completely harmless and entertaining, but it’s reputation has been tarnished thanks to Annabelle, and the doll from Saw and what-not, seems like these dolls are easy targets when it comes to making them seem creepy. The Vent Haven museum has over 800 such dolls and while that is in good spirits, your spirit will surely be disturbed here. I’ve always thought there’s something about those rosy cheeks that sends chills down my spine.
Hash Marijuana & Hemp Museum,
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands
This museum will take you back to your college days, where you probably smoked a doobie with your friends and had a good time not caring about the world. The Hash, Marihuana & Hemp museum has exhibits, paintings and artifacts all related to cannabis. From production to consumption across the ages, this museum has ancient pipes, plant species specimens, and even sheds light on different ways of getting high. Now you must be thinking to yourself it’s high time (pun intended) you went here!
Museum of Human Disease,
Where: Randwick, NSW, Australia
Ever wanted to dig deeper into how diseases cause death, what their effect is on our body? You can do that here. The Museum of Human Disease allows visitors to see real life bionic implants and other medical marvels while simultaneously educating themselves about how diseases affect human bodies. It’s a great way to learn about death, if put in good humor. Who wouldn’t love to see how a virus multiplies within the body?
Burlesque Hall of Fame,
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
This museum is a permanent exhibit focused on burlesque, it’s evolution in America and how it goes on today, behind closed doors and curtains. Burlesque is what put sin in sin city when people thought of Vegas, and with so much seuxality brewing, it is easy to see why. Once you witness this you’ll have memories that won’t stay in Vegas anymore. Burlesque has been a key constituent to the Vegas experience since the beginning of time.
Where: Richmond, Virginia, The US
The master of macabre has a bizarre museum dedicated to him, not far from where he once lived and worked. The Poe Museum is the only one of it’s kind with a rare memorabilia, works, artefacts that belong to him or were, in any way, related to him. Sure, you may not be interested in seeing his wife’s sewing kit or his socks, but you would want to see the original mass produced copy of his work, only 18 of which remain in the world today, and of course, who wouldn’t want to know more about the raven?