Do you want to go on vacation? There are tons of places that you can go including the beach or mountains. You could explore the great outdoors as they were meant to be explored! As great as that is, some of us don’t really like hiking or swimming. Heck, some of us would rather take a trip to learn something. Going to another place gives us the chance to learn about another culture and history. While you could do it at home, it’s a lot different when you can actually see artifacts from a strange time and place.
New York City
Visiting the Mmuseumm is the perfect way to start a tour of eccentric museums. Located in a former freight elevator, this small exhibit space is easy to miss, which is kind of the point.
Its exhibitions focus on overlooked or ignored “contemporary artifacts,” such as toothpaste tubes from around the world.
Graceland Too (now closed)
Holly Springs, Mississippi
An hour south of Graceland, Elvis Presley’s Memphis home, is the private residence of Paul MacLeod, a self-described Elvis fanatic.
He amassed so much Elvis memorabilia that every inch of his home was covered in posters, album covers, and other knickknacks, and he invited visitors to tour his finds. Unfortunately, following his death in 2014, tours were no longer allowed, and the collection was put up for auction.
The Museum of Broken Relationships
The Museum of Broken Relationships is one part museum and one part art concept. Materials donated by individuals from failed relationships make up the permanent collection, and visitors can digitally upload their own donations or record audio/video confessionals.
Among the numerous donated exhibition items, the most interesting include an axe, a wedding dress, and fuzzy pink handcuffs.
International Cryptozoology Museum
Opened in 2009 as the first of its kind in the world, the International Cryptozoology Museum focuses on the search to verify scientifically unrecognized animals such as the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot.
Interestingly, the museum sees its mission as a gateway for youth to be introduced to the more “hard sciences” of biology and zoology. It shows we can all have a little fun in our professional lives.
New York City
As the name suggests, sex and sexuality are the subjects of this museum. MoSex focuses particularly on how ideas of sexuality and the role it has served in society have changed throughout decades and centuries.
Complete with museum store, which is just as raunchy as you might imagine, and an adjacent bar, the Museum of Sex is definitely a unique experience for those over 18.
Torture Museum, Oude Steen
Located in one of Europe’s oldest prisons, known as the “old stone” (oude steen), this museum recounts the very unfortunate shared human practice of torture.
Visual displays allow visitors to see just how Medieval racks, iron chairs, and pillories actually worked. It might be best to skip lunch this day.
The Dog Collar Museum
Leeds, United Kingdom
Fashionable, fancy dog collars aren’t a recent phenomenon.
The Dog Collar Museum at Leeds Castle catalogs more than 500 years of ornately designed collars for man’s best friend, ranging from bulky metallic pieces to delicate expensive cloth creations. Those spiky choker collars actually protected pets from predators in European forests.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
New Delhi, India
Finding artifacts about the global history of toilets and sanitation is a dirty job, but someone had to do it. And they did!
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets features toilets from over 50 countries, ranging from 2500 B.C.E. to the present. By promoting the importance of sanitation, the museum hopes to improve the living conditions of poorer residents in both India and throughout the world.
Icelandic Phallological Museum
We know you’re asking “Why?!” Unfortunately, we can’t really give you an answer. What we can tell you is that the Icelandic Phallological Museum features over 280…specimens, mostly from animals.
They did manage to procure a human specimen, but “unfortunately” it was improperly stored. We would have thought the cold temperatures of Iceland would have been perfect for that.
Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
The Instant Ramen Museum is the dream of college students everywhere. Rows and rows of ramen line the walls in every conceivable flavor possible.
Learn about how this humble noodle came from modest beginnings to become a truly global powerhouse. Visitors can even design their very own cups and then mix and match ingredients to create a uniquely original flavor blend for themselves.
Cancun Underwater Museum
Bathing suits in public are usually a no-go, but if you plan on visiting the surreal underwater museum in Cancun, they’re practically required!
With over 500 sculptures situated beneath the water, the museum is an amazing feat of ingenuity. And it’s not just a bunch of junk at the bottom of the ocean–the sculptures were designed to promote the growth of coral and other marine organisms.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
Los Angeles, California
If you’re too cool and detached to visit a normal museum, you might enjoy the weirdly ironic and meta Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles.
Described as a “witty, self-conscious homage to private museums,” the Museum of Jurassic Technology contains a number of random and scientifically dubious exhibits–including a decaying pair of dice and a collection of portraits done of dogs who have been sent into space.
The Bunny Museum
For some, the Bunny Museum is a hopping magical place. For others, it’s the work of rabbit-obsessed hoarders. But regardless of where you fall on the issue, it’s definitely a museum worth visiting.
While most of the museum is filled with rabbit figurines and stuffed animals, there are some decidedly creepier exhibits, too. And that includes seven freeze-dried rabbits that were former pets of the museum’s owners.
Currywurst Museum (Now Closed)
Everyone knows that the best museums are food-based, and they don’t get much tastier than the museum dedicated to currywurst–a fried pork specialty of Germany.
At the museum, you can explore the history of this delicious dish, play currywurst-based video games, and, of course, eat plenty of mouth-watering samples.
Museum of Bad Art
Good art is so overrated. Who wants to be moved to tears of joy at viewing a timeless masterpiece when you could be moved to tears of laughter by a terrible work of art?
This private collection in Massachusetts has over 700 works that are described as “art too bad to be ignored.” And that’s definitely not an exaggeration. If you visit, you’ll be accosted by works of art made with poor technique and bizarre sources of inspiration that never needed to be depicted in a visual medium.