Isn’t it difficult to deal with people who refuse to ever step through the threshold of a museum because it’s “boring?” Taste is massively subjective, so we can only assume that this means paintings, sculptures, and art in general aren’t their cup of tea. But that doesn’t automatically mean that all ties with museums must be severed. There are some weird museums out there that house exhibits of the weirdest variety and even if they end up not being interesting, they surely are unique and puzzling.
#1 Museum of Bad Art, Massachusetts, USA
Thanks to this museum, getting your work exhibited for audiences to see no longer requires you to be a talented painter. The museum was a result of one of the founders taking a failed work of art out of the trash bin and thinking that it might fit just well in an exhibition filled by others like it. Today, the museum accepts public submissions.
#2 Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia
If the pain of a break-up gets too much to handle, you might consider donating a personal belonging that reminds you of your ex to the Museum of Broken Relationships. Founded by a couple after they joked about opening a museum with objects tied to their romance, it’s now a building haunted by ended relationships and broken hearts.
#3 Cancun Underwater Museum, Mexico
Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA) is the only museum entirely submerged underwater. Visitors gear up with scuba diving apparel and dive into the crystal-clear water of the Mexican National Marine Park in the Caribbean. There, they can find sculptures depicting moments in the daily modern life and others that speak of the evolution of Mayans.
#4 Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets, New Delhi, India
Do you ever stop to wonder how your toilet came to be the way it is today? If yes, pay a visit to the Sulabh Museum in India for answers. It fosters exhibitions of toilets, some of which date back to 4,500 years into the past.
#5 Chaffee Barbershop Museum, Arkansas, USA
A museum dedicated to Elvis Presley isn’t such a strange concept, but a museum entirely dedicated to one particular joyous moment when he got a haircut is something as specific as it is bizarre. The barbershop where the historical scene took place is now a museum and its employees continue to celebrate the day when the King walked through the door.
#6 Avanos Hair Museum, Avanos, Turkey
If you thought the haircut museum was weird, what will you say when you find out that there’s one which houses pieces of human hair collected from over 16,000 women? To add even more to the creepy factor, consider the fact that the location of this museum is inside of a dark cave.
#7 Meguro Parasitological Museum, Meguro, Japan
Is your favorite show the one on Discovery Channel about the parasitical monsters that live inside us? Great! Then the Meguro Parasitological Museum will make you feel at home. It exhibits hundreds of species of tapeworms, lice, and other parasites that can normally make anyone’s stomach twist and turn.
#8 The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, Kansas, USA
This museum is entirely dedicated to barbed wire, yes. Its collections consist of over 2,400 exhibits of barbed wire and its goal is to demonstrate just how big of a historical impact it had on the settlement of the United States. How big of an influence do you think it had? Discuss.
#9 International Cryptozoology Museum, Maine, USA
Cryptozoology is a pretty obscure science branch that focuses on the study of “hidden animals,” that many believe may have existed or still exist despite an obvious lack of evidence that would support that. Long story short, it’s dedicated to clues that might prove Yeti, Big Foot, or the Lochness Monster exist. There are thousands of items in its collections, some of which include native artwork, a baby Big Foot, or pieces of a Fiji mermaid.
#10 The Lunchbox Museum, Georgia, USA
Last but definitely not least, the Lunchbox Museum from Columbus, Georgia takes the prize for the most unexpected exhibition of all time (though it’s strongly tied with the Barbed Wire Museum). The owner gathered over 35.000 lunchboxes, many of them joined by their matching thermoses, and they are all up for sale. Some of them are so valuable because of their historical value (dating back to the 1900’s) that they can be sold for as much as $20.000.