Think museums are boring? Then you haven’t been to these weird museums. Who knew history could be so fun?
Last week I wrote about the The World’s Largest Pig Museum, one of my favourite places to visit in Germany. It generated such enthusiasm that I took to Twitter to ask you for the weirdest museum you’ve ever visited.
Here is the roundup of some of the World’s Weirdest Museums:
Magic Ice Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Submitted by: Inka Piegsa-Quischotte
This is Europe’s first ice museum in a warm country that just opened in 2010. You get to play dress up and wear a cape to keep the chill . The ice museum is a cool -5C. It also features 34 ice sculptures, with ice imported from Sweden. For more info see: Three Glamorous Places to Visit in Istanbul
Submitted by: Cheryl Howard
The Museum of Torture has a collection of medieval torture devices used to torture and often kill people in medieval times. This museum is not for the faint of heart. However it does make for an interesting way to learn about a part of medieval history you don’t often hear about. For more info see: Why Torture Yourself When the Museum of Torture Will Do It For You?
SPAM® Museum, Austin, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Submitted by: Cathy Sweeney of Traveling with Sweeney
For those not familiar with SPAM®, it is a canned “meat” with a very long shelf life. If there was a contest for the grossest produced food out there, SPAM® would be in the running. In Bavaria, I think that Leberkäse tastes like SPAM, although don’t say that to a Bavarian. Although on the SPAM® Museum page they referred to it as “delicious” which made me burst out laughing. The museum is free though and you can try your hand at canning SPAM® products. Cathy said they even offered here a free sample, which she declined. Note: The SPAM® Museum is closed until April 2016.
Submitted by: Christopher Allen
The Walhalla temple is a hall of fame featuring the who’s who in Germany. Here you can learn more about famous and important Germans dating back 2000 years. Nothing strange about that right? Well the museum only has 65 plagues and 130 busts of the famous people. Haven’t you always wanted to see the bust of Beethoven or Bach? For more info see: Walhalla
Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Submitted by: Miss Footloose
The Hash Museum features over 3000 cannabis related items showing the historical and modern uses of the plant commonly known as marijuana. (I’m no expert, but doesn’t this seem really obvious to everyone?) What is perhaps not so obvious are the medicinal, religious and cultural aspects of marijuana. For more info see: Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum
Stalin Museum, Gori, Georgia
Submitted by: Frau Dietz
As quoted by Frau Dietz hereself “The weirdest museum I’ve been to was the Stalin museum in Gori, Georgia (the town here he was born). It presented Stalin as a talented, selfless chap who, upon becoming a politician, stopped making decisions for his own good and started making them for the good of the state. This required him to use his power somewhat ruthlessly. I.e. kill 25 million people – but remember, it was all for the good of the state… The museum is built next to the house where Stalin was born. They have all kinds of things on display there… My favourite exhibit, however, was – no, not the enormous lamp made of guns but the bronze “death mask”. It was made of Stalin’s face after he died….” I think that about sums it up! For more info see: Joseph Stalin Museum, Gori.
Sex Machines Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
Submitted by: Velcro 108
This museum has over 200 “mechanical erotic objects”, including some contraptions for never used patents (I can just imagine). It also has sex machines dating back to the medieval times (I don’t want to imagine) but a lot of modern day objects are also scattered throughout the museum. For more info see: Sex Machines Museum Review.
Submitted by: Tracy D
I have to confess this weird museum is only a couple of hours from where I lived in Canada but I had never heard of it until Tracy submitted it. How could I have missed 47 “whimsical” displays of 77 mounted gophers dressed up in wedding gowns and a gopher fashion show? I think the term “weird” applies, but I’m struggling to call it a museum, even though that is the official name.For more info see: Gopher Hole Museum, Unique Attractions, Travel Alberta
Although not a weird museum, you may also be interested in the German Emigration Museum. It’s one of the best museums I have ever been too.