31 Strange & Amazing Museums Everyone Should Visit
What do most of the great cities have in common? Aside from the swarms of tourists and various Starbucks and McDonald's restaurants, they have many great museums that house some of the world's most prized artifacts and paintings.
In short, museums are among some of the great cultural cornerstones of big city life. They give cities an esoteric clout that other places in the world just can't match, and this is evident in some of the world's greatest cities, from London and New York right the way through to Tokoyo and St Petersburg.
Of course, while it can be tempting sometimes to veer off the beaten track and look at things that aren't on most tourist's checklists, monuments and landmarks are usually extremely popular for a reason. And when it comes to the world's best museums, it is more often than not because they house unique - and sometimes strange- artifacts.
So without further ado, here is a mix of both incredible and bizarre museums everyone should visit in their lifetime.
1. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum - Osaka, Japan
After years of failed culinary experiments in the modest surroundings of his back shed, Momofuku Ando finally caught his break in 1958 when he successfully produced the world’s first instant noodles recipe: Chicken Ramen.
Sixty years on and a museum honors Ando's contribution to one of the world's most consumed dishes. The cool exhibits on display include noodle packets from around the world, while customers can also taste limited-edition snacks and perhaps with children in mind, design their very own soup packaging at the My CUPNOODLES Factory, pictured above.
2. The Museum of Bad Art - Massachusetts, USA
Yes, you read that correctly; a museum that isn't pretentious. In fact, MOBA, as it is known for short, sells itself as “the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms.”
So why spend your hard-earned wages viewing art that makes you feel artistically inept when you can laugh at art that is worse than your own? And don't worry about being shown up by lousy art as well. The museum assures guests that the works “range from the work of talented artists that have gone awry to works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush.”
3. The Museum of Broken Relationships- Zagreb, Croatia
"A traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins," is certainly an intriguing and relatable premise for an exhibition. We all wonder what could have been in relationships that didn't go the distance, so a visit to this unique museum in the Croatian capital of Zagreb would undoubtedly be an interesting experience.
Visitors are also asked to donate any possessions from their own broken relationships for “a chance to overcome an emotional collapse.” A touching tribute to broken love if anything else, customers walk around rooms decorated with semblances of past relationships such as rings, clothing, and a wide assortment of birthday and Valentine's Day gifts.
There are even more intimate possessions, such as furry pink handcuffs.
4. International Cryptozoology Museum- Maine, USA
Ever wondered if all those mythical creatures you read religiously about as a child might actually exist? If you're still obsessed with the likes of Bigfoot, then the International CryptozoologyMuseumm may just provide some answers.
Cryptozoology, defined as “the study of hidden animals”, has a whole museum dedicated to exhibiting specimens and artifacts supposedly linked to these unverified creatures. These include hair samples and native art right the way through to suspicious poo. Depending on your interests in these kinds of things, you'll either find this place fascinating or incredibly weird.