Top 5: Crazy Museums from Around the World

by Brendan Byrne

Dec 8, 2016

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Sure, you can go the standard route and visit museums that deepen your knowledge of the region you are visiting and enrich your appreciation for a given culture. Or, you can find really crazy museums full of odd, specialized information that leave you baffled and possibly frightened.


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Littledean Jail

Littledean Jail in Gloucester, England, is truly disturbing. The museum houses a staggering collection of crime memorabilia. As they warn prospective visitors, “If easily offended, disturbed or of a sensitive nature, we strongly urge that you avoid visiting Littledean Jail” — so be prepared for the grizzly. The weapons of London gangsters are displayed next to guillotines and shrunken heads and bloodied tee shirts of punk musicians. The museum used to be a jail and has an eerie feeling to it. And, not surprisingly, the curator of this collection is himself rather eccentric. When not fighting neighbors trying to shut him down, he is often on the premises available to answer questions.


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The Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art in Dedham, Mass., proudly announces it is, “the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms.” What constitutes bad art can be subjective, of course, but there should be little debate that the pieces displayed here — especially the portraiture — are worthy of inclusion.



The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in New Delhi, India, is flush with information about the history of hygiene and sanitation. The museum has an impressive number of toilets from throughout the ages on display.



The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

A staple of poor students’ diets for decades, the Ramen Noodle has its own museum dedicated to it in Osaka, Japan. Fascinating exhibits include “The Birth of Chicken Ramen,” “CUPNOODLES Drama Theater” and “Instant Noodles Tunnel.”


Avanos Hair Museum in Turkey

Locks of women’s hair cover the walls of this odd museum, started by a potter looking for a unique gimmick to entice people to his pottery workshops.


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