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Reema Bhalla May 13 2015

10 Weird Museums Across the World.

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Museums are an eye opener and we bring you a lowdown on 10 weird museums across the globe that will take your breath away, literally!

1. Museum of Bad Art, USA

We all love to admire the best of artwork, don’t we? What about visiting a place which is like a storehouse of bad art? A one of its kind museum, Museum of Bad Art or MOBA proudly showcases and celebrates the worst of art--be it paintings or sculptures, everything here sticks to the tagline of MOBA--“too bad to ignore”.


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From official Facebook page

USP: Don’t miss the “Masterworks Section”.

2. The International Museum of Toilets, India

Featured as one of the top 10 quirky museums around the world, Sulabh Museum is based on the history of toilets. As ridiculous as it sounds, it is actually a comprehensive attempt to educate visitors about the evolution of toilets since 2500 B.C.


Photo from official website


Photo from official website

USP: The highlight of the museum is the replica of the throne of Louis the XIII. It is believed that King Louis XIII and Louis the XIV used to have court sessions while using their toilets/thrones.

3. Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Japan

Always loved that instant cup noodles but ever wondered where it originated from and who was the brain behind it? A visit to Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Japan will answer all your queries. Know more about your favourite noodles through interesting exhibitions and also about Momofuku Ando, the founder and creator of instant noodles.


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USP: There is an instant ramen workshop where you can prepare your own fresh instant noodles!

4. Museum of Torture, Netherlands

A visit to this museum is definitely a thrilling experience as its tagline reads “Scaring the hell out of you”. The dark corridors and rooms of Museum of Torture in Amsterdam showcase over 100 devices that were used to torture people during the medieval era. Don’t be surprised if you have goose bumps while you walk your way through the collection.


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USP: Don’t miss reading the descriptions attached to every device!

5. Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia

Conceptualized by Drazen Grubisic and Onlika Visitica, Museum of Broken Relationships is more of an idea to overcome your emotional collapse by contributing personal stuff from your former relationships. The museum’s collection boasts of personal letters, photographs and messages and each one comes with a brief description and annotations by the donors.


Photo from official Facebook page


Photo from official Facebook page

USP: The in-house Brokenships Cafe is one place that allows you to pull yourself after an emotional whirlwind at the museum and enjoy good food in a nice ambience.

6. Avanos Hair Museum, Turkey

Want something more weird than toilets and bad art? Avanos Hair Museum in Turkey would perfectly fit the bill. Created by Chez Galip (a Turkish potter), the museum houses a vast collection of hair samples of more than 16,000 women! Strange but true! To make things worse, the museum is situated in a dark, small cave.

USP: Would you dare to give a sample of your own hair?

7. The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia

How about taking a look at a part of Einstein’s brain? The Mutter Museum in the city of Philadelphia is one such place which has an extensive collection of anatomical specimens. The star attraction is Hyrtl Skull Collection along with the body of the Soap Lady whose corpse turned itself into adipocere, a type of soapy substance. Sounds weird? Well, there is more to this museum.


Part of Einstein's brain at Museum (from its official website)


Photo of Hyrtl Skull Collection (from its official website)

USP: Small museum with a huge collection of pathological specimens, medical oddities and unique medical equipments.

8. National Museum of Crime and Punishment, USA

National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington is a must stop if you like gory crime cases and want to have a closer look at serial killers’ artwork and the bullet-riddled car by the infamous criminal duo, Bonnie and Clyde.


Photo of Bonnie and Clyde's bullet-riddled car

USP: How interesting it would be to get an insight into the workings of a criminal mind.

9. MUSA Underwater Museum of Art, Mexico

How about learning a lesson or two of scuba diving just to visit a museum? Start an adventurous underwater journey to MUSA Underwater Museum of Art in Mexicoand marvel at some of the world’s most amazing sculptures. The museum has two galleries, Salon Nizuc and Salon Manchos. The first one is 4m deep and is suitable only for snorkeling while the other is 8m deep and is permitted for both, diving and snorkelling.


Photo from official Facebook page


Photo from official Facebook page

USP: It is listed as one of the must visit attractions in Cancun and we can surely say that you will simply love the experience!

10. Mini Bottle Gallery, Norway

Started as a strange hobby of the museum’s owner, the Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo is everything about bottles. The collection here boasts of bottles from every part of the globe and is arranged according to theme/color. Don’t miss the impressive in-house bar as well!


photo from official website


Photo from official website

USP: It is said to be the only mini-bottle museum across the globe and is one of the must visit places in Oslo.

I know reading is not enough for these 10 weird museums across the globe, so plan a trip to any of these or most of these and bring home some interesting but strange memories and collectibles!

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