5 weirdest museums in the world
When you think of a museum you probably think of natural history, dinosaur fossils, classic paintings and sculptures. But the world is a big place and there is a lot of bizarre stuff to show. So let’s talk about it!
Here is the list of the weirdest museums in the world!
#1 Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments, Belgium
Back in the good old Medieval times when bathing was strange and teeth were uncommon, people during that time got quite creative when it came to torturing. The amount of instruments that have survived through the years is enough to fill a museum and if you drive down to Bruges in Belgium, you’ll find just that.
The museum houses a collection of more than 100 torture devices. Some of them are obvious in their use but others can be more bizarre in their design. The museum is also one of the oldest buildings in Bruges and is thought to have once been a prison in the 12th century.
#2 Lunchbox Museum, USA
If you want a museum to remind you of your childhood years in the lunchroom, eagerly anticipating the lunch that your parents packed for you, then you might enjoy the Lunchbox Museum. The museum is located in Columbus, Georgia and admission will only cost you the price of a lunchbox or five dollars.
The owner of the museum Allen Woodall Jr has gathered the world's largest collection of metal lunchboxes totaling 3500. The exhibit includes lunchboxes and their matching thermoses from the early to mid 1900’s. In facts some of the boxes are so rare that they fetch anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 a piece. With distinctive character designs like Woody Woodpecker and Dr. Spock, it’s probably one of the few museums where you can possibly find an example of something that you owned as a child.
#3 Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia
When you are down in the dumps after your special someone left you and you are clinging onto that one shoe that they left behind, instead of sleeping with it, you can add it to the Museum of Broken Relationships. The museum was founded by two artists named Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić in Zagreb, Croatia. After their four year relationship came to an end in 2003, the two joked about setting up a museum to house their leftover personal items and three years later actually did it.
They offer the opportunity for scorned lovers to overcome the emotional burden of a break up by sending whatever personal belongings they want to the collection. They have been constantly adding new pieces from the public ever since it was founded. Some of the artifacts are obvious additions such as rings, clothing and holiday gifts, but some are much stranger and offer a window into the minds of more adventurous couples, for example, pink handcuffs or even a wooden watermelon.
#4 International Cryptozoology Museum, USA
Cryptids are creatures whose existence have been suggested but never proven by the scientific community. In 2003, Loren Coleman launched an entire museum dedicated to them in Portland, Maine. Housing information about everything from the Loch Ness Monster to Sasquatch, the collection exceeds 10,000 items focusing on the study of these legendary creatures.
Notable items include a baby Bigfoot, a fur covered doll and dozens of casts made from Bigfoot’s famous foot. Beyond Bigfoot there are samples of yets hair, alleged pieces of a Fiji mermaid and a plaster cast of the Louisiana Honey Island Swamp Monster. Don’t worry the museum doesn’t take itself too seriously.
#5 Museum of Bad Art, USA
Art is subjective, so any showing could be good or bad but there is one museum that displays the worst of the worst. The Museum of Bad Art is the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all of its forms.
It was founded in 1994 after an antique dealer named Scott Wilson showed a painting that he had recovered from the trash to some friends who suggested starting a collection. The pieces on display range from the lesser work of talented artists to the work of people that are puzzled of even how just to use a brush at all.
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