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Want to be Surprised? Visit These 9 Weird Museums!

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This blog post was updated on August 16, 2021.

The Met. The Louvre. The Smithsonian. Sure, wonderful museums that gather millions of tourists every year and that we have surely visited at least once. Are you looking for something different? A truly quirky museum able to surprise with unexpected collections? Then you’re at the right place, because we have curated (pun intended) a list of some of the most unusual museums throughout the world! 

British Lawnmower Museum — Southport, U.K.

Located in northern England, the British Lawnmower Museum is one of the world’s leading authorities in antique gardening machinery and lawnmower equipment. Conceived as a dream come true by ex-racing champion Brian Radam, this atypical museum is the place to go if you want to check lawnmowers owned by Prince Charles, Lady Di, or Brian May among other celebrities!

Frietmuseum — Bruges, Belgium

Americans might refer to them as French fries, but it’s the Belgians who really know how to make a fantastic frite! Yep, there’s a museum in Belgium dedicated to the humble fried potato. Housed in the Saaihalle and considered to be “one of the most beautiful buildings” in the medieval city of Bruges, the Frietmuseum shares with the world the fascinating history of “the potato and fries and the different condiments with which they are habitually served.”

Sulabh International Toilet Museum — New Delhi, India

Holy crap! A visit to the Sulabh International Toilet Museum is a chance to view a “rare collection of facts, pictures and objects detailing the historic evolution of toilets” from 2500 BC to the present day. Although it may seem mundane and even unmentionable for most, it’s hard to imagine a world without toilets, and you can totally realize that while admiring this fun and fascinating compilation of facts about water closets and how humankind barely managed to live decent lives without them. 

International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum —Chattanooga, Tennessee

Probably one of the most unexpected museums ever, The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum has been recognizing individuals who have made substantial contributions to the “towing and recovery industry” since 1986. Created to honor the roots of this profession, the museum even has a memorial Wall of the Fallen in tribute to those memorial dedicated to towers who died in the line of service.

Vent Haven Museum — Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

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An interesting museum located in Fort Mitchell, the Vent Haven Museum is dedicated to the noble art of ventriloquism. It features over 900 dummies, puppets, photos, scripts, and other items that document the history of this fascinating profession. The museum opens from the first of May until the end of September, every year. During winter months it’s closed due to renovations and other necessary upkeep. It’s operated on an appointment-only basis and typically requires at least a 48-hour notice. Visitors can join on guided tours that lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.

Clown Hall Of Fame and Research Center — Baraboo, Wisconsin

The International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center is an exciting and adventurous living museum was created to both preserve the history and help advancement of the culture embraced by these lovable artists. The museum features live clowns to interact with, costumes, photos, and other items commemorating many clowns throughout the years. It opens all year long except for summer months, although you will need an appointment first to explore this fascinating destination.

Underwater Museum of Art —Cancún, Mexico

The Underwater Museum of Art is one of the most popular destinations for those visiting this Caribbean paradise. The exciting art exhibit features over 500 underwater sculptures in two separate underwater galleries. Located at a 2-4 meters depth,, The Punta Nizuc exhibit is home to 33 sculptures. On the other hand, the Punta Sur Isla Mujeres exhibit is home to 473 sculptures and is located in waters that are 8 to 10 meters deep, so scuba diving is required. Both exhibits can also be viewed via glass bottom boat tours which usually runs all year round. Take in mind that some scuba diving experience and certifications are required to make the most out of these tours!

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Cup Noodle Museum — Yokohama, Japan

The Cup Noodles Museum is one of Japan’s most unique interactive museums. Birthplace of the original Chicken Ramen Noodles, its visitors can prepare their own and design their packaging, apart from tasting products that are usually only available in selected geographical areas. Prepare to learn everything you need to know about the history of this delicious dish and how it became a global success. The museum is open daily, except Tuesdays and holidays. Admission is free, although some exhibits do charge a fee.

Electric Ladyland Phosphorescence Museum — Amsterdam, Holland

We’re sure that you didn’t know that you might be visiting a quirky art destination devoted to florescent lights when you booked those cheap one way flights to Amsterdam…but here we are! The Electric Ladyland Phosphorescence Museum allows visitors to literally become part of the art exhibit by offering a large collection of florescent minerals along with live demonstrations. The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm, and it requires an appointment.

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