The 33 most unusual museums in the world

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Elia Tabuenca García
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Summary
  • 1. The Museum of Medicine (United States, Philadelphia)
  • 2. The Museum of Death (USA, Los Angeles)
  • 3. The Museum of Prostitution & The Museum of Sex (Netherlands, Amsterdam)
  • 4. The Mummy Museum (Mexico, Guanajuato)
  • 5. The Vodka Museum (Poland, Warsaw)
  • 6. The Museum of Medieval Torture (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • 7. The Shoe Museum (France, Romans-sur-Isère)
  • 8. The Pest Museum (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 9. The Pinball Museum (Hungary, Budapest)
  • 10. The Dog Collar Museum (United Kingdom, Maidstone)
  • 11. The Leprosy Museum (Norway, Bergen)
  • 12. The Museum of Broken Relations (Croatia, Zagreb)
  • 13. The Museum of Blood Transfusion and Blood Donation (Virtual Museum)
  • 14. The Opium Museum (Thailand, Sop Ruak)
  • 15. The Museum of Skin Diseases (France, Paris)
  • 16. The Hair Museum (Turkey, Avanos)
  • 17. The Condom Museum (Thailand, Bangkok)
  • 18. The Phallus Museum (Iceland, Reykjavík)
  • 19. The Museum of Hash, Cannabis and Hemp (Netherlands, Amsterdam)
  • 20. The Voodoo Museum (United States, New Orleans)
  • 21. The Sewer Museum (France, Paris)
  • 22. The Museum of Fabric and Costume (Italy, Venice)
  • 23. The Museum of Anatomy (Montpellier, France)
  • 24. The Fan Museum (London, Greenwich)
  • 25. The Museum of Evil Art (United States, Massachusetts, Somerville)
  • 26. Umbrella Museum & Scissors & Sword Museum (China, Hangzhou)
  • 27. The Wallpaper Museum (France, Alsace, Rixheim)
  • 28. The Toilet Museum (India, New Delhi)
  • 29. The Museum of Phosphorescent Art (Netherlands, Amsterdam)
  • 30. The Salt and Pepper Museum (United States, Tennessee, Gatlinburg)
  • 31. The Instant Noodle Museum (Japan, Osaka)
  • 32. The Curry Sausage Museum (Germany, Berlin)
  • 33. The Fry Museum (Belgium, Bruges)

Museums are sometimes shunned and visited out of pure formalism, but unusual museums always attract the curious!

Are you feeling adventurous and looking for originality? Go and discover the unusual museums around the globe!



Europe, Asia, the Americas... Some of the most original and unusual museums on the planet are dedicated to drugs, sex, medicine, crime... - which are often the most exciting!

1. The Museum of Medicine (United States, Philadelphia)

The Museum of Medicine, in Philadelphia in the United States, offers you to discover tumors, Thai Siamese from the 19th century or even slices of the brain of the famous genius Einstein... Delicious, but exciting!

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2. The Museum of Death (USA, Los Angeles)

At the Museum of Death in Los Angeles, you'll find crime scenes in a bloody thriller atmosphere, sharpened scalpels, sketches of murderers, everything is there!

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3. The Museum of Prostitution & The Museum of Sex (Netherlands, Amsterdam)

Both museums are located in the heart of Amsterdam's red light district. They are worth a visit if you want to discover the world of sadomasochism and sex ... in a nutshell ... They are among the most visited museums in the Netherlands!

4. The Mummy Museum (Mexico, Guanajuato)

At the Mummy Museum in Mexico you can find all kinds of mummies: rotten mummies and swaddled baby bodies are all waiting for you in the showcase!

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5. The Vodka Museum (Poland, Warsaw)

Poland can now boast a museum totally dedicated to the famous fermented potato drink! Located in a former distillery in Warsaw, the Vodka Museum aims to silence Polish stereotypes.


6. The Museum of Medieval Torture (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

The Torture Museum is located in the heart of Amsterdam, it is a museum with a dark and theatrical atmosphere. Welcome to the torturers of the Middle Ages, imagine passing through their expert and vicious hands!

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7. The Shoe Museum (France, Romans-sur-Isère)

Come and discover Romans-sur-Isère, the capital of luxury footwear and its magnificent chic and colourful collections at the Shoe Museum. A visit that mixes history and know-how.

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8. The Pest Museum (Tokyo, Japan)

At the Parasite Museum in Tokyo you can see the microorganisms that surround us, that colonize us and that "parasitize" us (that's the way to say it) throughout our lives?

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9. The Pinball Museum (Hungary, Budapest)

Remember pinball machines, those infernal machines where the ball always ended up going between the goals? Come and admire more than a hundred pinball machines in this museum in Budapest, and above all come and play!

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10. The Dog Collar Museum (United Kingdom, Maidstone)

Animal lovers, hello! If you're looking for inspiration for your pet's necklace, don't worry, this museum has put together a collection of such items! It gathers more than 4 centuries of collection.

11. The Leprosy Museum (Norway, Bergen)

Exhibited at St. George's Hospital, the Leprosy Museum in Norway therefore deals with the unfortunate leprosy epidemic that affected the city of Bergen until 1946.


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12. The Museum of Broken Relations (Croatia, Zagreb)

This is an exhibition of objects that have all had a profound meaning for their owners. Read poignant (and sometimes naive) accounts of human relationships and heartache. Initially a travelling exhibition, the Broken Relationships exhibition was finally installed in Zagreb, Croatia.

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13. The Museum of Blood Transfusion and Blood Donation (Virtual Museum)

Did you know that the first blood transfusions took place in the 17th century?! Discover this incredible discovery in the Virtual Museum of Blood Transfusion and Donation.

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14. The Opium Museum (Thailand, Sop Ruak)

Thailand has based its economy for years on the opium trade. Sop Ruak also known as the "Golden Triangle" was a hub in Thailand for the opium trade. Discover this very unusual museum that pays tribute to this illicit substance and find opium smokers in reverie.

15. The Museum of Skin Diseases (France, Paris)

The Saint-Louis hospital in Paris holds a huge collection of wax casts of skin diseases (warts, urticaria, pustules, etc.). Learn more about dermatology thanks to casts of skin lesions, as in the 19th century. This museum in Paris is very impressive!

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16. The Hair Museum (Turkey, Avanos)

Meet Galip in Turkey, a potter who collects locks of hair in Cappadocia, in a troglodyte house as a bonus! You'll find a collection of 16,000 strands of hair hanging from the walls and ceiling.

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17. The Condom Museum (Thailand, Bangkok)

During your stay in Bangkok, take some lessons on latex! The Latex Museum is a small science museum that presents all the useful information about latex. Thailand is one of the first countries to have recognized the problem of AIDS, this museum allows to widen the information to the general public.

18. The Phallus Museum (Iceland, Reykjavík)

Come and discover an amazing collection at the Phallus Museum in Reykjavík. Hundreds of mammalian penises in transparent jars, who says better? It is the only museum in the world dedicated to the study of mammalian phallus.

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19. The Museum of Hash, Cannabis and Hemp (Netherlands, Amsterdam)

Decidedly, Amsterdam is the perfect place for unusual visits! Known for its coffee shops fogged by the smoke of firecrackers circulating from guest to guest, what could be more natural than to find this museum of Hash, cannabis and hemp in the Dutch capital?

20. The Voodoo Museum (United States, New Orleans)

Bayou atmosphere guaranteed, discover the Cajun people and voodoo, elevated to the rank of religion! Located in the French quarter of New Orleans, the voodoo museum plunges you into a particular history closely linked to that of Louisiana.

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21. The Sewer Museum (France, Paris)

Embark on an adventure in the basement of the French capital... Secure landscaped circuit, I promise! 500 metres into the basements of Paris where you can follow the history of the sewers.

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22. The Museum of Fabric and Costume (Italy, Venice)

Located in the 13th century Palazzo Mocenigo in Venice, you will have the opportunity to observe period costumes, Murano glass and Burano lace. You will also be able to smell different perfumes!

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23. The Museum of Anatomy (Montpellier, France)

The museum of anatomy is located in the south of France in Montpellier. Find in the heart of the medical school of the city this unusual and rich museum 5 600 anatomical pieces!

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24. The Fan Museum (London, Greenwich)

Located in a beautiful building in Greenwich, London, the Fan Museum is the first museum in the world dedicated to the display of fans. Come and discover the history of the fan, this ordinary but so fascinating object!

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25. The Museum of Evil Art (United States, Massachusetts, Somerville)

The Museum of Bad Art of Massachusetts, of its small name MOBA, gathers a collection of 600 works with a particular style! Go and discover failed works, with comic charm that could not be appreciated elsewhere.

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26. Umbrella Museum & Scissors & Sword Museum (China, Hangzhou)

In the title, it says it all! If you visit China, maybe you will have the opportunity to miss these original museums, who knows? You will also be close to a fan museum. All three museums are nearby.

27. The Wallpaper Museum (France, Alsace, Rixheim)

The wallpaper museum is located in Rixheim in Alsace where the wallpaper industry has been present since 1797. You will have the choice between two collections, "the bestiary of the wall" and the "wallpapers of the future"...

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28. The Toilet Museum (India, New Delhi)

Opened in the 1970s by an Indian doctor who fought for public health in this great country, the toilet museum was opened as an educational initiative. Totally incongruous, the toilets have managed to have their own museum.

29. The Museum of Phosphorescent Art (Netherlands, Amsterdam)

Discover a completely offbeat, fun, new universe, an experience that goes beyond the simple consumption of art for art's sake: it's the museum of phosphorescent art. Don't miss out on the velvety fluorescent world worthy of the most appetizing exotic cocktails during your visit to Amsterdam.

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30. The Salt and Pepper Museum (United States, Tennessee, Gatlinburg)

The Salt and Pepper Museum is a must-see kitsch address in Tennessee. You will be surprised at the number of designs for these objects that are part of the "art of the table".

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31. The Instant Noodle Museum (Japan, Osaka)

Proud of their culture and of their famous noodles to be cooked in hot water in their plastic pot, the Japanese are thus endowing this museum with the image of one of these culinary particularities.

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32. The Curry Sausage Museum (Germany, Berlin)

Discover the curry sausage museum in Berlin, also known as "Currywurst", a German speciality. Depending on the entrance ticket you buy, you can choose between the "Currywurst in the cup" or the "Snackticket" with 3 different curry sausages.

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33. The Fry Museum (Belgium, Bruges)

A national pride, French fries now have a museum specially dedicated to them! Belgian fries are very good! Discover this museum in the oldest building in Bruges.

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