10 Strangest Museums In The World
When someone says museum, all you can picture is a boring school day out with the same historical artifacts, models, restored bodies, rotting parchments and what not. Some museums are sometimes so intriguing you just can’t get enough of them. And well, as science and history and everything else attributing to these at some point or another get weird, some museums are bound to be that way too. Here we have a list of top ten strangest museums you should visit (or not).
10) Avanos Hair Museum, Avanos, Turkey
Damn yes, a museum for just hair does exist, in a small cave underneath a pottery shop in the Turkish town of Avanos. It boasts of hair samples, as you read above, along with names, and addresses from more than 16,000 women from all around the world. It is said that the museum started when a female friend of a local potter was leaving and left her lock of hair for the potter to remember her by. He hung it in his shop and told the story to many customers who followed suit and thus after starting in 1979 when a selection was put up for display, it is now included in the Guinness Book of World Records with its 16000 samples.
9) British Lawnmower Museum, Southport, UK
Buying a new house with a beautiful garden? Want some landscaping help? Well, go on and visit one of the weirdest museums in England, the British Lawnmower Museum in Southport. Brian Radam started this museum due to his interest in this type of equipment which later turned into a family business, Lawnmowerworld, catering for all aspects of sales, spares and service. The world’s unique lawnmower museum houses over 200 restored exhibits with all their history, uses and information, and includes lawnmowers belonging to some of UK’s most famous people such as Brian May, Nicholas Parsons, even Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
8) Cancun Underwater Museum, Cancun, Mexico
Located on the ocean floor at the Cancun National Marine Park in Cancun, Mexico, the Cancun Underwater Museum is one of the most unique museums in the world. To draw masses of tourists away from already damaged local coral reefs, a total of 500 sculptures, most by Jason deCaires Taylor and the others by five Mexican sculptors, with three different galleries submerged between three and six meters deep in the ocean at the Cancún National Marine Park were installed. Made of pH-neutral clay, the sculptures also created an artificial reef where coral can grow and marine life can breed, to increase the coral reef population. You can snorkel away into the museum to get one of the best museum experiences ever.
7) Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, Delhi, India
Ranked by the Time Magazine as one of the world’s weirdest museums, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is a museum in Delhi and obviously, features a rare collection of facts, pictures, and objects detailing the historic evolution and improvement of toilets from 2500 BC to date. It is obvious as Sulabh is a name to given to public toilet services provided by the government in India. From sanitation strategies of civilizations as old as the Harappan civilization and even Babylonian and Egypt, to embroidered lavatories of the kings and queens of India, it has a chronological order to the loo systems of past 2000 years. Makes us wonder- did they actually dig up single holes on the floor to show the ancient ways of umm- excreting? Makes us wonder.
6) Museum of the Mummies, Guanajuato, Mexico
Not just strange, the Museum of the Mummies of Mexico is one of the scariest museums in the world, as it consists of a number of naturally mummified bodies interred during a cholera outbreak around the city in 1833. The mummification was facilitated by the naturally hot weather of Guanajuato, although scientific studies later revealed that some bodies had been at least partially embalmed. This macabre site was turned into a museum in 1969, and it currently exhibits more than 100 mummies- the spookiest one belonging to a woman, who was suffering from disease that stopped her heart occasionally and she was declared dead and buried when her heart stopped for more than a day. But when her body was disinterred, she was facing down, biting her arm, and that there was a lot of blood in her mouth. Damn.
5) Museum of Enduring Beauty, Malacca City, Malaysia
Built on top of the ruins of Dutch building in 1960, this museum is one of the most unusual museums in the world, despite the fact that it has a small footfall of just 200 visitors a month. It exhibits different standards of beauty since ancient to modern times. Examples include very painful body modifications such as tooth-filing, piercing, scarification, and lip stretching by round discs insertion, the art of sacrification, head molding into oval shapes and feet growth restricting. It is a must visit if you do not vomit out thinking of the body modifications and the subsequent pain people must’ve felt after them.
4) Meguro Parasitological Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Established in 1953, by Dr. Satoru Kamegai, the Meguro Parasitological Museum is kind of an open to all research center that revolves around parasites and the science of Parasitology where you can learn everything you have ever wanted to know about tapeworms, head lice (from afar), and plenty of other parasites you have probably never even heard of. The impressive collection boasts over 300 preserved specimens, 60,000 parasite specimens, as well as 50,000 papers and 5,000 books on parasitology, including a giant 9-m (29-ft) long tapeworm. Nine meters, okay!
3) Condom Museum, Nonthaburi, Thailand
Seeing that Thailand is one of the world’s largest condom producers, it should not be surprising that this it has a seriously quirky museum dedicated to this contraceptive device. Located in Nonthaburi, the Condom Museum was found with the intention to eliminate Thai people’s aversion to keeping open minds about sex education and contraception, create awareness of sexual protection, and boost their confidence in using condoms, to curb the growing population of the country. This museum compliments the restaurant chain, Cabbages and Condoms which is also located in Thailand itself. It has condoms from every era of Thai history; some bearing archaic commercials from the 1950s while others from more recent times slightly familiar to us laymen.
2) The Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum
Everyone is scared of ventriloquist dummies because as soon as you hear it, you are taken back to your childhood, screaming and whimpering while watching Chucky the doll wreaking havoc. So imagine a museum that has hoards, to be precise 750, of such twisted faced dolls with their bulging eyes. It was established by William Shakespeare Berger – an amateur ventriloquist and wealthy tycoon, and we are still not sure whether he was the one collecting them or were they making him to so as no one in their right minds would spend their lifetime collecting 500 variations of such dolls. It is the largest collection of ventriloquist dummies in the world, and a must visit, if you have the tummy to do so.
1) Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Mutter Museum is without any doubt the strangest museum we have ever encountered as it is a part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and displays- wait for it- preserved collections of medical oddities, anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments or basically, infected or abnormal body parts of famous people, to be precise. The museum’s stand-out items include the jaw tumor of President Grover Cleveland, Albert Einstein’s brain, and Dr. Joseph Hyrtl’s human skull collection and well, the tallest human skeleton on exhibit in North America, at 7’6″ tall. But the most gruesome vomit inducing ones are definitely the conjoined liver from the famous Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker and a piece of tissue removed from the thorax of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. And it leaves us reeling in disgust as to, umm, why even?
Here we gave you the list of some of the many strange museums around the world among others like the Maryland Museum of Menstrual Equipment and what not- just to increase your knowledge and show you the heights of crazy Science has touched and how people make it crazier by documenting and storing it all. Whether or not you wish to visit these museums is all up to you, or precisely, your gut’s tolerance level. Adios!