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Museums not to Miss: Top 10 Unusual Expositions

Interesting museums of the world
Photo taken by Travel On Spot.  Interesting museums of the world

Visiting museums is a lengthy, sometimes boring and often expensive undertaking, which is why many tourists forego it altogether. And yet, the world has quite a few truly fascinating museums and expositions. They speak for themselves – the name or theme of a museum alone can be enough to entice – but to be sure you're letting yourself in for the right one, Travel On Spot presents you with a tried-and-tested list of top 10 most unusual museums.

1. The Icelandic Phallological Museum, Iceland

Exhibition room in Húsavík, Phalological museum
Photo taken by Celander / wikimedia.org.  Exhibition room in Húsavík, Phalological museum

This museum, located in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík, makes every list of strange expositions. After all, what other museum can be said to have a collection of 300 mammal penises, contained in glass jars? The size of these genitals varies from a 2-millimetre hamster penis to the phallus of a 5-metre blue whale. In 2011, the museum also enriched its collection with a human one.

2. The Cancun Underwater Museum, Mexico

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 Kankuno povandeninis skulptūrų muziejus

This is one of the world’s few museums that require diving equipment to be explored. The museum, located in the Caribbean on one of the world’s clearest coastlines, is very popular with diving enthusiasts. Here you’ll find as many as 400 individual sculptures depicting the Mayan culture and the evolution of humans and their civilizations. The exposition is situated 3-8 metres underwater. Furthermore, these sculptures are made from natural materials that are not harmful to the sea, meaning they will eventually become covered in coral reefs. The museum can be found in Mexico’s popular resort Cancun.

3. The Torture Museum, the Netherlands

Torture Museum in Amsterdam
Photo taken by flickr.com.  Torture Museum in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s private Torture Museum is one of those creepy museums that somehow still compel one to open their doors. Purely out of curiosity, of course. Here you’ll see a large collection of medieval torture tools and methods. The museum’s cellar exposition is not just dark and cool, but also filled with all kinds of authentic sounds emitted by tortured people. Another thing that makes one flinch is the series of wax sculptures depicting people undergoing torture. Spilled guts, hot oil, pliers for ripping off tongues and nails… It’s hard to believe that, in Europe, some of these methods were discontinued only 200 years ago.

4. The Franz Kafka Museum, the Czech Republic

Statues in Mala Strana District, Prague. on Cihelna Street, Kafka museum
Photo taken by Jimbo Herndan / wikimdia.org.  Statues in Mala Strana District, Prague. on Cihelna Street, Kafka museum

Most museums dedicated to writers try to replicate the intriguing world of books. However, when a particular author is known for his works about paranoia, fear of redemption and psychological horror, such a conception of a museum becomes difficult to imagine. Nevertheless, the curators of the Czech Republic’s Franz Kafka Museum have managed brilliantly to convey the atmosphere Kafka dabbled in his entire life – here you can really feel yourself becoming a giant cockroach.

5. The Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia

Broken relationships museum, Zagreb, Croatia
Photo taken by Robert Nyman / wikimedia.org.  Broken relationships museum, Zagreb, Croatia

For most of us, failed relationships are something we wish to forget as soon as possible. This unusual museum, located in Zagreb, has chosen a different path, however – it has collected a great number of failed relationships and arranged them “on a shelf”. The collection contains video confessions, painful romantic memories and even an axe that a certain girl, upon learning of having been cheated on, used to chop up her ex-boyfriend’s furniture. Even though, at first sight, this might seem a little unpleasant, the museum has been well received in Europe for its innovations.

6. The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, India

Sulabh toilets museum
Photo taken by sulabhtoiletmuseum.org.  Sulabh toilets museum

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the history and evolution of toilets, this New Delhi museum is just for you. Here you will find 4,500 years’ worth of history – from the simplest pots to Victorian toilets.

7. The Museum of Bad Art, USA

Museum of Bad Art
Photo taken by MOBA / facebook.com.  Museum of Bad Art

This must be the only museum that collects useless art works that do not work in any context, and here you will be able to enjoy it in all its forms. Some even call it the anti-museum, as you won’t find anything of value here. Stretched out over three places in Somerville and Brooklyn, the Museum of Bad Art has paintings of mentally deranged surrealism, bland landscapes and a number of examples of simply bad, cheap art.

8. The Mamofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Japan

Cup Noodles Museum
Photo taken by Guilhem Vellut / flickr.com.  Cup Noodles Museum

Even though it might not be the first museum on your list upon coming to Japan, it’s still worth your time. Osaka, where the museum is located, is the place where instant ramen, so popular with students and hikers, was born. Here you will not only learn how it was made, but will also get the opportunity to make a fresh batch yourself.

9. The International Cryptozoology Museum, USA

Inside the International Cryptozoology Museum
Photo taken by sporst / flickr.com.  Inside the International Cryptozoology Museum

Dissolved into its component parts, the word “cryptozoology” means the science of secret animals. It’s a museum that collects details about scientifically unproven and unverified animals, such as the the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and many other mystical species. The museum’s collection contains images, literary mentions and even hair samples of many different mythical creatures. After visiting this museum, you might just start to believe the existence of the Abominable Snowman.

10. The Goldfish Museum, China

Goldfish
Photo taken by Karen Roe / flickr.com.  Goldfish

China’s capital city Beijing has many interesting and intriguing museums, such as the ones dedicated to police, ancient bells, traditional liqueurs, watermelons, headwear and socks. Of all the expositions, however, we’d like to highlight the Goldfish Museum – the only one in China and probably the whole world. This museum has amassed all possible historical and scientific information related to goldfish. Here, visitors can explore various species, and learn how they evolved and why they’re so different from other fishes.

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