We’re continuing our quest to uncover some of the most unconventional museums in the world. This time, we’ve decided to stop and ask ourselves just what exactly would make even the biggest skeptic want to pay a museum a visit? By nature, they’re fairly static and, unless you find genuine entertainment in simply marveling at humanity’s greatest works of art and inventions, then maybe they’re not for you. Fortunately, there are some fun museums around the globe that stand out either through their quirkiness or their interactive exhibits.
#1 Cancun Underwater Museum, Cancun, Mexico
Previously mentioned in another top from our site, the Cancun Underwater Museum definitely tops the list by providing the perfect unique experience. Visitors must grab the nearest snorkeling gear and dive underwater, where an array of fascinating sculptures await to be admired. The best part is that the materials used for the crafting of the statues are ecological and, in a number of years, they will eventually turn into a proper ecosystem.
#2 International UFO Museum and Research Center, Roswell, New Mexico
When visiting this museum, make sure that you don’t forget your tinfoil hat at home. The Roswell UFO Museum houses a variety of exhibits that point to the alleged existence of extraterrestrial life. Moreover, it vehemently condones the actions of the government, who’s been so hell-bent on keeping the truth away from us.
#3 Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Most museums are about still objects or long-dead animals, but not this one. The biggest of its kind, the Kuala Lumpur Park fosters over 5,000 living butterflies, which can all be admired and learned about. And the best part is that you absolutely don’t need to be a giant insect fanatic to feel compelled to pay it a visit. You can do it just to admire the sea of colors and patterns.
#4 Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Osaka, Japan
Yes, there is a museum dedicated to instant ramen. Luckily, though, the sheer lively design of the exhibition is enough to grasp your attention. Cups over cups of instant ramen are lined up on shelves and walls. Plus, visitors also get to prepare their own instant ramen with toppings of choice, making it the ultimate edible souvenir. Kind of.
#5 Gelato Museum, Emilia Bologna, Italy
Why the “kind of?” Because, sure, ramen is good, but can it really be of any match to gelato, the most prestigious and delicious kind of ice cream in the world? The Italian ice cream is crafted through a special process, so if you want to learn about it and the history of gelato and its importance to other cultures, look no further than the Bologna Gelato Museum.
#6 Le Musée des Vampires, Les Lilas, France
As the name suggests, this museum is wholly dedicated to everyone’s favorite creature of the night. The collections are composed of various objects and texts that serve as a thorough analysis of vampire culture and history. Some of the fun things you can find there include autographs of every person who’s ever starred as Dracula or a sinister vampire painting made by famous French murderer Nicolas Claux.
#7 Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax, UK
Eureka! is the leading museum dedicated to the education and simultaneous entertainment of the little ones. Children between the ages of 0 and 11 can join their family on a tour through the museum, which offers interactive exhibits that teach them about the world and history. Every room is spectacularly designed and it essentially feels like a journey through Egypt or a walk through a garden rich in spectacular flora and fauna.
#8 TOP SECRET – The Secret World of Espionage, Oberhausen, Germany
Bet you thought that super-secret services were, indeed, super-secret. TOP SECRET proves that even the best espionage organizations can’t keep their information hidden, which is now all up for display in Oberhausen, Germany. It’s an incredible incursion for adults and children alike, with everyone being able to marvel at incredible gadgets used by spies throughout the history and to listen to audio stories that relate some of their most fascinating missions.
#9 AHHAA Science Centre, Tartu, Estonia
Learn about science like never before by paying a visit to the AHHAA Science Centre, a museum that encourages education through practice. The majority of the exhibits there are “hands-on,” with visitors being able to test out for themselves the items. You can have a shot at the planetarium, the school laboratory pilot programme, the science theatre, or you can contribute to humanity by creating yourself something that will probably go down in history.
#10 Kohtla Mining Park, Kohtla-Nomme, Estonia
The Kohtla Mining Park really goes all-out to give its visitors the complete miner experience. Gear up with typical miner clothing, grab a flashlight, and dive underground where you can see and feel everything that a worker in this environment went through. Moreover, Enrichment Factory is open too and it guides visitors through the process of oil and energy-making, explaining in thorough detail how miners worked to give us the energy that we so desperately crave.