Museums are an important part in every big city. Museums bear the history of ancient times, a place, a kingdom or sometimes sculptures and paintings. When you think about a museum you end up thinking about a prestigious establishment in a beautiful building.
But there are some quirky museums which you can’t believe actually exist. Let’s take a tour to visit some unusual museums around the world.
Museum of Bad Art, Massachusetts
This is really a museum of bad art. Nearly 600 pieces of the best of the worst art were collected at the basement of a private home in Dedham, Massachusetts. This was established in 1994. Their mission is to exposing the world to the art of the lowest quality. The slogan is “Art too bad to be ignored”. Out of the 600 artworks, only 50 to 70 are on display at a time. Most are donated, or found in landfills, and the art goes through a vigorous approval process, designed to weed out those artists who aren’t serious about their craft.
Cancun Underwater Museum, Mexico
You have to do scuba dive to enter this museum. The sculptures are made of ph-neutral clay. The museum is in one of the world’s clearest bodies of water, the Mexican National Marine Park in the Caribbean. There are more than 400 sculptures, depicting residents and even some celebrities of Cancun, Puerto Juarez and Playa del Carmen, amongst many other sights ranging from nine to 20 feet underwater.
International Spy Museum, Washington
It is the only museum in the world devoted to spying. This museum offers hands-on and interactive exhibits to learn the craft of spying. Learn the tricks and trades of spies, it attracts people of all ages. It is full of fun and interesting.
Sulabh International Toilet Museum, New Delhi
This museum was built to send a message, a call for sanitation improvements in third world countries. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak offers a study of this matter. The exhibits show the historic evolution of the toilet and look how toilets vary around the world. There are hundreds of toilets on display.
Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia
This innovative museum is created by artists Drazen Grubisic and Olinka Vistica. The museum exhibits artefacts from many broken relationships. This museum is the winner of the Kenneth Hudson Award that is only given to Europe’s most innovative museums.
The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia
The Mütter Museum is a medical museum, contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. This museum is a part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter in 1858 originally donated this for biomedical research and education. Parts of Albert Einstein’s brain, shrunken heads, and plenty of other strange and unusual artefacts are also in the collection.
Condom Museum, Thailand
Thailand has a museum fully dedicated to condoms. The country is one of the world’s largest producers of condoms. It has condoms from every era along with a testing era to test their strength and durability. The museum also has sexual aids like lubricants and a penis pump.
International UFO Museum and Research Centre, New Mexico
The museum and research centre is located in Roswell, New Mexico. It is focused largely on the 1947 Roswell Crash and later supposed UFO incidents in the US and in another place. It was set up in 1991 as a non-profit educational organisation. The museum contains a widespread library on the history of UFO encounters.
In 1947 in Roswell, a rancher W. W. “Mack” Brazel found metal debris outside of Roswell near a giant trench that spanned hundreds of feet. The UFO museum shares theories about the incident and alleged government cover-up and other extraterrestrial life.
The Sex Museum, Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s sex museum is only for adults. The museum is filled with paintings, photos, sculptures and memorabilia which celebrate the history of sex through the ages from the early days of Greek and Roman gods to historic figures like the infamous Italian lover Casanova and Russia’s Catherine the Great.
It focuses on a variety of sexual preferences and subcultures including lesbian and gay history and erotica, BDSM, pornography and sex work. The museum’s exhibits are showcased in an educational format.
National Mustard Museum, Wisconsin
The entire museum is displaying only mustard. A former Assistant Attorney General of Wisconsin, Barry Levenson founded the museum after his favourite baseball team, the Boston Red Fox lost the World Series in 1986. It was a shock for him and after this, he began to collect mustard. In 1992, he left his job and opened the museum. Now the museum has more than 5, 624 mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. It also has a mustard vending machine. Among the displays are fruit mustards, sweet hot mustards, horseradish mustards, hot pepper mustards and spirit mustards.
The Garbage Museum, Connecticut
The Garbage Museum is a waste management themed museum. The most iconic exhibit was Trash-o-saurus, a dinosaur made of garbage. It was constructed and opened in 1994. The Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority operated the museum which focused on empowering visitors with knowledge about waste management and allowed visitors to watch the sorting process of recyclables. It also has a huge compost pile and a detailed exhibit on the ins and outs of processing garbage.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum, Iceland
It is the only museum to display male genital parts of different kind of species. The collections of 280 specimens from 93 species of animals include 55 penises taken from whales, 36 from seals and 118 from land mammals. The museum got its first human penis in 2011, one of four promised by would-be donors.