The Palace Museum, Louvre, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Gallery may very well be the most visited museums in the world, and rightfully so: the house some of the most important and interesting collections of civilization. However, there are some museums – indeed, some very unique (read: strange) museums – in the world that receive little attention. But we aim to change that with these 10 weird museums in the world you just have to add to your bucket list!
#1 Torture Museum Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Torture Museum “provides a vivid image of [the] painful past”. On display are 40 different instruments of punishment from all over Europe, including the guillotine, the charmingly-named skull cracker (or head crusher), and the Inquisition Chair (which, by the way, doesn’t seem to be very inviting).
#2 Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
La Crosse, Kansas, USA
Because: why not? The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum’s collection of barbed wire features some 2,400 varieties and it includes samples manufactured between the years 1870 and 1890.
#3 International Cryptozoology Museum
Portland, Maine, USA
If you believe that Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, and the Loch Ness Monster do, in fact, exist, then the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland is the place to go. Its collection features a wide variety of cryptids including the Feejee Mermaid (which is actually a movie prop), 100 alleged Bigfoot footprint casts, and “actual Yeti hair samples from 1959 and 1960”.
#4 Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
New Delhi, India
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets was established by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak in 1992 and aims to teach visitors about the entire evolution of the toilet from the last 5,000 years. From ancient commodes to elaborately decorated Victorian era toilet seats and the modern Porta Potti, this museum has it all.
#5 Icelandic Phallological Museum
Yup. An entire museum dedicated to penises. The Icelandic Phallological Museum houses a collection of 280 penis and penile part specimens from 93 species of animals including 55 whale penises and one human penis. Jonah Falcon, the man with the largest penis on record at 13.5 inches, has agreed to donate his member to the museum after his death.
#6 Meguro Parasitological Museum
This one is not for the fainthearted. The Meguro Parasitological Museum exhibits are the kind of gut-wrenching things you expect to find in a museum devoted to parasites. It boasts a collection of 300 specimens, including a 29-foot tapeworm that was found in the body of a 44-year-old man from Yokohama.
#7 Chez Galip Hair Museum
Located in the rural town of Avanos, the Chez Galip Hair Museum is a certainly creepy option on this list. The museum houses a rather disturbing collection of 16,000 different colored locks of hair from women all over the world.
#8 Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
We know what you’re thinking and we can’t see the point of an entire museum dedicated to instant noodles, either, but here it is. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum takes visitors on a journey of discovery about the invention of instant noodles by Momofuku Ando in 1958, and it even includes a workshop where visitors can make their own fresh instant noodles.
#9 Museum of Broken Relationships
The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb takes weird to a whole new level by displaying the relics of lost love. That’s right: the museum houses a collection of artifacts that once belonged to people which were given to them as gifts from former boyfriends, girlfriends, and spouses.
#10 Museum of Bad Art
Advertising itself as the “world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms”, the Museum of Bad Art first opened its doors in Dedham, MA in 1994. The Dedham branch was closed in 2012 but three other branches exist in Massachusetts: in Brookline, Somerville, and South Weymouth.
Have you been to any of these museums?