When you think of visiting a museum you can expect to see such artifacts as paintings, statues, and sculptures. There are however a bunch of museums throughout the world where visitors can expect to see a much different type of exhibit. While some are more humorous than others there are a couple of odd museums that will actually teach you some things and make you think. Here are some of the weirdest museums you can find all around the world.
Condom Museum | Nonthaburi, Thailand
Meant to raise awareness about the importance of protection and to debunk the taboo surrounding condoms, the Department of Medical Sciences in Nonthaburi have created a museum all about condoms. Thailand is one of the largest producers of condoms in the world so it’s no wondering why the museum houses over thousands of different types of condoms including flavored, vibrating, and even female condoms from countries around the world. Aside from all that, the museum also offers exhibits demonstrating the strength and durability of said condoms. The museum is a great place to visit to learn more about rubbers but also to get a few laughs from it.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets | New Delhi, India
Run by the Sulabh International in New Delhi, India is the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, an entire museum dedicated to the history of sanitation and toilets. The Sulabh NGO has been working since 1970 to help the over half of a billion people living in India address their sanitation issues and in doing so decided to open up the small but quirky museum to further educate the population. The museum features exhibits showcasing the history of the porcelain throne dating back over 4,500 years ago. All artifacts are displayed in chronological order and are divided into three different sections; ancient, medieval, and modern day. From intricate Victorian era toilet seats to simple pots used in the earlier years, there are tons of things to see and learn about in this museum regardless of it’s smaller size.
Museum of Enduring Beauty | Malacca, Malaysia
Located in the People’s Museum in Malacca city, Malaysia is the Enduring Beauty Museum. The aim of this museum is to challenge society’s perception of beauty and it exhibits artifacts that showcase cultural and historical variations in what is considered beauty. It shows what beauty means to different cultures around the world. This museum documents body modification procedures such as scarification, corseting, neck and lip stretching, head molding and foot binding. Most of these procedures were not common in the West but have been widely popular in the Eastern world throughout the ages. Though this museum can come off as a bit of a freakshow, it tries to show people that what is perceived as beautiful doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone and that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.
International Museum of Cryptozoology | Portland, Maine
The only museum of it’s kind in the world, the International Cryptozoology Museum in Maine explores the thought that mythical creatures such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster could actually exist. The museum hosts exhibits that include hair samples, footprint castings, fecal matter, and photographs of various well-known and lesser-known creatures. The goal of this museum is to obviously educate the public but also to hopefully spark interest in future generations to explore and study these creatures.
The Mutter Museum | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founded in 1858 in Philadelphia, the Mutter Museum was born after Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter donated a large collection of medical anomalies and bizarre medical instruments. Guests can marvel at displays of medical wonders such as the skeleton of the tallest man in North America, shrunken human heads and even pieces of Albert Einstein’s brain which is the museum’s most popular exhibit. Other attractions that can be viewed throughout the museum include conjoined twin skeletons and over 2000 items that have been retrieved from people’s throats. Most of these exhibits and many others throughout the museum are still housed in the same Victorian era cabinets that they had back when the museum was created 160 years ago.
Cancun Underwater Museum | Cancun, Mexico
The Cancun Underwater Museum is one of the largest of it’s kind and was created by a non-profit organization to promote conservation. The entire museum spans out over an area of 420 square feet and houses over 400 statues that are spread out over the sea floor. Thesestatues were all made of a specialized material that allows for coral life to grow on andinhabit these statues. In doing so, the corals also attract more marine life which is exactly what the creators of this museum were hoping to accomplish. Visitors to this museum can view these underwater statues either by scuba diving, snorkeling, glass bottom boat or by a jungle tour aboard a small boat.
Torture Museum | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Set in the heart of Amsterdam is the small but popular torture museum. The museum is made up of multiple small rooms that house up to two torture devices per room. Some of these devices include the famous Guillotine and the judas chair as well as some lesser-known devices like the flute of shame and the stocks. Some of the devices found in this museum are genuine antiques while others are merely recreations based off of the real thing. The museum offers a window into the past, more specifically the medieval times, with it’s exhibits and shows just how easy we have it in this day and age.
Avanos Hair Museum | Avanos, Turkey
Created by a man named Chez Galip and located in the Cappodocian area of Turkey, is the Avanos Hair Museum. Considered one of the weirdest and creepiest museums in the world, the Avanos Hair Museums houses over 16,000 pieces of hair from different women all overt he world. Though not required to do so, any woman visiting the museum is invited to leave behind a lock of their hair accompanied by a card attached to the hair with their full name and address on it. To make things even weirder, the entire museum is set inside of a cave-like structure with hair covering every possible surface from the walls to the ceiling.
Museum of Broken Relationships | Zagreb, Croatia
Founded in 2010, the museum of broken relationships was created by two artists after going through difficult break-ups in their lives. It is dedicated to failed romantic relationships and it’s exhibits include personal objects left behind from former lovers. The museum’s exhibits are all donated from people around the world and include items ranging from rings, love letters, and fuzzy hand cuffs. Though the original museum can be found in the town of Zagreb in Croatia, a second location opened in Los Angeles, California in 2016.
Museum of Human Disease | Sydney, Australia
Located on-site of the University of New South Wales, the museum of human disease is home to over 3,000 specimens of diseased tissues accompanied by a brief description of said disease. Some examples of exhibits that can be viewed include the blackened lungs of coal miners and smokers as well as parasites that can wreak havoc on the human body such as tapeworms and roundworms. Though the museum was once a private museum only available to medical students, it is now open to the public in the hopes of showing people how unhealthy lifestyles, habits, and diseases could harm your body.
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