The World’s Weirdest Museums

Weird Museums Largest Pig Museum in Stuttgart Germany

The pig sculptures leave no doubt that you’re at the World’s Largest Pig Museum in Stuttgart.

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

Museum of Torture, Prague, Czech Republic

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.

The Walhalla Temple, Regensburg Germany

 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’s desk with portraits behind the desk

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.

Gopher Hole Museum, Torrinton, Alberta, Canada

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.

What weird museums have you visited?

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.
2017-09-29T14:08:00+00:00

26 Comments

  1. jamie - cloud people adventures February 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    wow, some weird stuff there. a gopher hole museum? why?
    ive always been creeped out by the plastic figures in museums. something about their staring eyes maybe.

  2. Cathy Sweeney February 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    A very interesting collection here! Thanks for including the Spam museum – it was a very unusual place. Although I should mentioned it was quite well-run. I’m in the process of reading more about the other museums on your list. Haven’t checked out the Sex Machines Museum link yet!

  3. Laurel February 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    @Jamie – I think the gophers would look kinda creepy, but at least they would have small glass eyes :). Not sure why this exists either and I grew up where there was a lot of gophers.

    @Cathy – Glad to hear the Spam Museum was well run, I still can’t get over the fact that there is a Spam Museum. The Sex Machines Museum had mixed reviews. It didn’t sound like it would be winning any “Museum of the Year” Awards, but some people reported that it was interesting, which I imagine it would be.

  4. Cheryl Howard February 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Ha ha ha! Love this list of museums. I definitely want to see them all at some point. I like the interesting and the unusual. 🙂

    Thanks for the inclusion. Great post!

  5. Laurel February 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    @Cheryl – I love how diverse the list is. I had no idea there were so many off beat museums out there. It’s fun to ask travelers a question like this. Thanks for your participation.

    @Cathy – Sorry forget to thank you for your participation in my last post as well. Thank you!

  6. Steffy February 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    This is a great list! I’m now a bit annoyed that I’ve missed my chance to visit the pig museum while I was in Germany:)) But I’ve just noticed that two of the weirdest and …to be honest most interesting for me are both in Prague…it seems like the people there quite like sex toys and torturing…

  7. The NVR Guys February 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Great list. I don’t know if it is still there, but Portland, Oregon has a UFO museum that is a lot of fun. There is also the 24 Hour Church of Elvis, which for a long time had a “museum” attached, but I think I think they made the church coin operated.

    Those stuffed gophers are disgusting!

  8. Turkey's For Life February 3, 2011 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Would just LOVE to go to that pig museum! 🙂
    The Lake District in the UK is famous for slate and lead and has a pencil museum! We’ve never been – what can possibly be in there – apart from pencils of course.
    Julia

  9. inka February 3, 2011 at 7:38 am - Reply

    First, thanks very much for including me. Aren’t there just such weird and wonderful things around in this world? It never ceases to amaze me what people actually collect. I must say though, that the pig museum is the icing on the cake and I’ll make sure to visit on my next trip to Germany.

  10. robin February 3, 2011 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Interesting! My other half’s home town in Germany is home to the world’s largest to soldier collection which I found thoroughly creepy.

  11. Laurel February 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    @Steffy – You’ll just have to come back to Germany. Regarding Prague, I noticed that as well, perhaps another couple more reasons to check out Prague 🙂

    @The NVR – thanks for naming some more weird museums. I think the gophers are a bit weird myself 🙂

    @Turkeys for Life – Well now you have a reason to come to Stuttgart, I’ll be your tour guide :). A pencil museum? I can see why you didn’t check it out when you were in the beautiful Lake District where there’s so many other interesting things to do 🙂

    @Inka – Thanks for participating. Yes, we live in a weird and wonderful museum. I want to find out where the chamber pots went to of the museum you suggested that’s now closed 🙂

    @Robin – A solider museum? That does sound weird as well.

  12. ayngelina February 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    There is really a museum for everything, I wonder if there is one for bacon…

  13. Lots of fun, a list like that! You see and hear about the strangest things when you step outside your own familiar environment. Part of the fun of being an expat. Thanks for my link.

  14. Laurel February 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    @ayngelina – if there’s a bacon museum, I’m sure you’ll find it.

    @Miss Footloose – Agreed, especially when you ask other travelers who have been to places you haven’t been to (who knew that Prague had 2 unusual museums?) Thanks for participating.

  15. Matt Hope February 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Some of these are just plain creepy…

  16. Laurel February 4, 2011 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    @ Matt – LOL!

  17. Kymelee February 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this list! I have bookmarked it so that when I go to these countries I can check them out. 🙂

  18. Andrea February 5, 2011 at 3:05 am - Reply

    These are great…I’ve never heard of most of them…very cool list!

  19. Scott @ Ordinary Traveler February 5, 2011 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Sry some grammatical errors in the last post. I made some corrections.

    I should use this as a checklist some good ideas to visit while traveling. I’m definitely interested in the spam museum, the pig museum, the ice museum and a few others. The sex museum might be crossed off my list though, not because the museum itself is creepy, but I’m a bit suspicious of the people who might be working there.

  20. Laurel February 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    @Kymelee – Good, glad you liked it.

    @Andrea – I hadn’t heard of most of them either, but now I don’t think I’ll forget them!

    @Scott – LOL regarding your comment about the Sex Museum, but now you do have me wondering, who exactly does choose to work in a sex or torture museum?

  21. Frau Dietz February 6, 2011 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Great list! The gopher hole picture reminded me of a visit to a church in Brussels a couple of years ago where they had their Christmas display up. It was all a bit surreal – mechanical singing teddy bears and the like – and included the nativity complete with stuffed dead sheep, donkeys and… a lion. One of the creepiest things I have ever seen. Thanks for including my suggestion! 🙂

  22. Kyle Morgan February 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    That is a pretty weird list of museums, its crazy the things people think up of to get tourists in through the door.

  23. Rob W. February 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    There’s an interesting Torture Museum in Rothenburg (Southern Germany) too. No, not said with an evil laugh, just interesting.
    A Gopher Hole museum????? What?

  24. Laurel February 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    @Frau Dietz – Thanks for your input. I have to laugh, it seems that everyone is having a reaction to the gopher museum 🙂

    @Kyle – Agreed, I can only imagine how someone comes up with some of these ideas

    @Rob – Rothenburg isn’t that far from where I live, I’ll have to check it out, thanks for the suggestion. I don’t know what to say about the Gopher Hole Museum, but it was definitely appropriate for this post.

  25. Amy February 11, 2011 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Ha! I actually went to that Gopher museum in Alberta a few years back. It was creepy. Like something out of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies.

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