When we think of museums, we often imagine beacons of high culture and priceless works of art. You know, the kind of stuff we read about in history books. All of those irreplaceable artworks and artifacts being preserved for their artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific importance.
But not all museums are serious and prestigious establishments. If you can think of it – no matter how strange, offbeat, or wild the subject might be – there is probably a museum dedicated to it somewhere around the world. In fact, there are some downright bizarre museums out there, just waiting for you to come visit.
So, if you’re looking for something a little… different, check out these weird museums!
The Bread Museum – Ulm, Germany
Who doesn’t love a good loaf of bread? If you’re a fan, you’ll probably get a rise out of loafing around the Bread Museum in Germany. There are more than 18,000 exhibits here. They include ancient artifacts left from bakeries dating back to the Stone Age, and 6,000 years worth of bread in works of art from the likes of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
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Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) – Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico
You are going to need some scuba gear to visit this museum! Located off the coast of Cancun, the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Museo Subacuático de Arte, or MUSA) is completely underwater. Visitors will find a total of 500 sculptures to experience, which have been placed in an effort to protect Manchones Reef, the largest reef in Cancun.
For more about the artist’s other underwater sculpture galleries, check out this article.
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The Museum of Bad Art – Massachusetts, United States
Not all art museums have to be the MOMA or the Louvre. Case in point: the Museum of Bad Art located in Massachusetts. This is where more than 600 artworks have come to shine on their own terms. You’ll find true masterpieces here, like a portrait of what appears to be a misshapen Jackie Kennedy gazing flirtatiously at George Washington. It’s art too bad to ignore! And there’s so much of it that the museum has even opened a second gallery location.
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CUPNOODLES Museum Osaka Ikeda – Osaka, Japan
Momofuku Ando was an inventor and the creator of the instant ramen noodle. The CUPNOODLES Museum Osaka Ikeda honors him and his tasty creation that he gifted the world. You will find a catalog of every Nissin instant noodle product ever made, a recreation of the work shed where the first instant noodles were invented, and an interactive theater in the shape of a CUPNOODLES package. Make your own Chicken Ramen by hand in the factory or create your own completely original CUPNOODLES.
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The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum – Tennessee, United States
Salt and pepper shakers are more than just seasoning dispensers to museum founder Andrea Ludden. After her personal collection kept growing, the Salt and Pepper Museum was opened in the Smoky Mountains! You will find over 20,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers from around the world and a pepper mill collection too. If you feel inspired to start your own collection, you can even pick up your own pair at the gift shop.
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Siriraj Medical Museum (Museum of Death) – Bangkok, Thailand
When you enter the Siriraj Medical Museum, you’re first welcomed by the grin of the museum’s founder… except he’s no longer alive, and it’s actually his skeleton. Inside, you’ll see some of the most gruesome ways to kick the bucket, all on display. The morbid museum features hemorrhaged brains, severed limbs, skulls punctured by bullets, and more.
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The Toilet Seat Museum – The Colony, Texas
The humble toilet seat is something that plays a huge role in everyone’s lives, but it doesn’t always get a lot of attention. Kind of crappy, don’t you think? The Toilet Seat Museum aims to turn that overlooked workhouse into a true work of art. Owner Barney Smith makes toilet seat art, and it’s all on display in The Colony, Texas. Each one is unique and has been crafted with a variety of materials like pennies, license plates, and Pez dispensers.
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Museum of Enduring Beauty – Melaka, Malaysia
There have been many diverse cultural ideals for beauty over the years, and this museum in Malaysia exhibits the extremes people have gone to in the name of beauty. Records go back to the beginnings of human history, showing some of the most startling concepts of beauty that people have adhered to. You will find exhibits about binding feet, molding heads into desired shapes, elongating necks with brass rings, and more.
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