Right from bizarre customs to the world's weirdest museums, every country has some strange things to offer. Exploring every aspect of a world that is stranger than our imagination is indeed quite enriching. However, it's totally up to travelers' what they wish to experience. There are people who like to strike off all famous places around the globe and there are also these people belonging to the geeky travel tribe who love to grab unconventional and strange experiences at every place they trot. Well, if you too belong to the latter tribe whose curiosity is piqued by queer objects then this blog is simply a feast for your soul. So get ready to prepare your new eclectic Wishlist that includes the strangest museums in the world that are definitely worth visiting if oddities are your thing.
Check out Top 10 Weirdest Museums in the World that have some outlandish and offbeat things in store for you.
1. The Museum of Odd, Kansas
As the name suggests, the Museum of Odd boasts an exquisite collection of all queer items ranging from Elvis Presley's under wears to his hair, toenail, Bob Barker's toothbrush, a rock that Helen Keller touched, 350 sock monkeys, signature of Charles Manson and whatnot. Located in Lawrence, Kansas, this museum is the private home of Randy Walker who has created this strange aesthetic museum with his oddball collectibles over the years.
2. National Museum of Funeral History, Texas
Brainchild of funeral director Robert L. Waltrip, National Museum of Funeral History came into existence in 1992 with a thought of preserving the heritage of death care. This 35,000-sqft museum in Houston, Texas houses a quirky collection that includes vintage funeral treasures, Abraham Lincoln's death mask, fantasy coffins from Ghana, funny custom coffins, the Pope mobile used by Saint John Paul II, caskets and many other historical funeral related antiques and artifacts.
3. Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia
One of the strangest museums in the world, the Museum of Broken Relationships exhibits a vast collection of memorabilia's of frizzled love stories. This unique museum belongs to Croatian artists, Olinka Vistina and Drazen Grubisic who got separated but found it hard to part with their tokens of love. In 2006, they decided to open the museum to keep these memories of failed relationships alive. There is a vast collection of sentimental objects such as a wedding dress, a small vial of tears, an axe used to chop up an ex-boyfriend’s furniture, a prosthetic leg, a jar of love incense, candy underwear etc. along with personal narratives related to all these donated objects.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is yet another weird museum that is dedicated to the global history of sanitation and toilets. This museum in India is the brain-child of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathakhome who is a renowned social activist and the recipient of the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize. He has initiated this museum to display every minute detail about the development of the toilet system in the world for the past five thousand years. Among the collection are the iconic flush pot devised in 1596 by Sir John Harrington, toilet pots made of gold and silver, replica of a treasure chest shaped medieval mobile commode, sewerage system of the Harappan Civilization dating back to 2,500 BC and many other bizarre pots and commodes.
5. Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures, Paris
The Museum of Vampires in Paris will certainly make your blood cold with its intimidating collection on vampirism, esoterism and occidental folklores. Also, the ambiance resembles a cemetery with a black and scarlet entrance which actually gives goosebumps even to the strongest hearts. This petrifying museum in Paris is the work of scholar and an expert of the macabre, Jacques Sirgent.
6. Mummy Museum, Mexico
This fascinating museum in Mexico contains dozens of naturally mummified bodies which is indeed quite intriguing for the tourists. Locally known as El Museo de las Momias, the museum was established in 1969 with a thought of displaying mummified remains from Saint Paula cemetery. In the dark corridors of this labyrinth-type museum, you will come across mummified corpses of fetuses as young as 7 months to men and women of various age groups which can actually pique your interest.
7. Museum of the Weird, Austin
One of the top weirdest museums, the Museum of the Weird in Austin can easily draw your attention with its fascinating collection of creepy as well as weird artifacts. The owner of the museum, Steve Busti assembled this collection of odds and ends that ranges from original mummies, life-sized wax statues of celebrities, fiji mermaids, haunted artifacts, shrunken heads and whatnot. Right from 2007 when it was established, the museum has become a popular tourist spot of the city. So whenever you are in Austin next time, make sure you pay a visit to this amazing stopover.
8. Avanos Hair Museum, Turkey