Top world’s most unusual museums
When people think of a museum, the images that usually come to their minds are of prestigious establishments like Tate, Louvre or Uffizi. However, there are all sorts of bizarre museums in the world worth visiting just for sheer novelty alone; whether it is their odd architecture, strange subject matter, or the presentation of the exhibitions.
Here are the top world’s most unusual museums, that are worth visiting:
1. The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, Kansas, USA
Established in 1970, The Kansas Barbed Wire museum is located in La Crosse, Kansas, USA and is entirely dedicated to barbed wire.
Barbed wire played an important role in the settlement history of the United States. The museum displays over 2400 separate forms of barbed wire and their history.
Furthermore, in 1990, the museum’s collection had increased so much that they had to move to a new larger building.
2. The Bunny Museum, California, USA
The Guinness World Records holder museum was founded in 1998, Altadena, California, US. They won the award for owning the most bunny items in the world.
The Bunny Museum is entirely dedicated towards rabbits and is home to over 33000 rabbit items. Some of its ever expanding collections include the ceramic bunnies, 9 rose parade float bunnies, cookie-jar bunnies and also stuffed bunnies.
The once household pets, the freeze-dried rabbits, are arguably the strangest pieces on display. The museum’s slogan is “The Hoppiest place in the World”.
3. International UFO Museum and Research Center, New Mexico, USA
Founded in 1991 by Glenn Dennis, the museum is Located in Roswell, New Mexico, US, and is mainly focused on the 1947 Roswell UFO crash incident.
W. W. “Mack” Brazel, a rancher, discovered metal debris in Roswell close to a giant trench that covered hundreds of feet. This museum also shows a diorama and a film of the “official” autopsy of the alien bodies after the 1947 crash.
To all science fiction lovers, visiting the International UFO Museum and Research Center will definitely be a treat. Even non-believer will definitely enjoy it.
4. Soane museum, London, UK
Soane museum is located in Holborn, London, in a house formerly owned by neo-classical architect Sir John Soane. The Department of Culture, Media and Sports funds the museum.
You can find a collection of precious objects such as the alabaster sarcophagus with Egyptian hieroglyphs. This is Soane’s most expensive piece of art there.
Also, in the evenings, the museum lights up in candles, making your visiting experience unusual and exiting.
5. International Cryptozoology Museum, Maine, USA
International Cryptozoology Museum was established in 2003, in Portland, Maine by Loren Coleman who is an American cryptozoologist.
Cryptozoology generally means “the study of unknown or hidden animals”. The museum’s collection has specimens and artifacts of mythical and unverified creatures such as the Yeti or Bigfoot, Mermaids and also the Loch Ness Monster.
6. National Museum of Mathematics, New York, USA
National Museum of Mathematics was founded in 2009, Manhattan, New York City, USA. This museum is a treat for many mathematics lovers out there.
Its main aim is to help “enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics”.
The main attractions include the tricycle with square wheels, Math Midway, Math Encounters and also Math Midway 2. The museum allows you to explore amazing exhibits and also take part in inspiring activities that you’ll never forget.
Top world’s most unusual museums
7. Cancun Underwater Museum, Cancun, Mexico
Cancun Underwater Museum is located in Cancun, Mexico. This is a non–profit organization.
The museum boasts of a collection of 500 life-size sculptures most done by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and also by Mexican sculptors.
The museum is open to public since November, 2010. Its three separate galleries are between 3 and 6 meters deep under water. You have to be able to snorkel or dive in in order to see all the sculptures.
8. Icelandic Phallological Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Icelandic Phallological Museum was founded in 1997 in Iceland. The museum is definitely one of the most unusual in the world.
It is famous for displaying penises and penile parts. In fact, it has the world’s largest display of penises. Icelandic Phallological museum has also been fortunate to receive legally-certified gift tokens for four specimens belonging to Homo Sapiens.
It displays a collection of 280 specimens collected from 93 animal species including 55 whale penises, also, 118 from land mammals and 36 from seals. The first human penis appeared in the museum in July, 2011.
In addition to the biological section of the museum, visitors can view a collection of more than 300 artistic oddments and also penis utensils.
9. Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia
Museum of Broken Relationships is located in Zagreb, Croatia. The museum accentuate the concept of failed relationships.
This museum manages to showcase a great entertainment from life’s most painful event. Its exhibitions include romantic memories, gone sour items and also video confessions.
The Museum of Broken Relationships won the Kenneth Hudson Award as Europe’s most innovative museum.