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10 Weirdest Museums on the Planet

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10 of the Weirdest Museums on the Planet

Phoebe

Apr 03 • 4 minute read

With International Museum Day on the horizon, we felt that we needed to do something special in its honor. However, does spending an afternoon in a stuffy, average museum not exactly fill you with intrigue? Well, this list might just change your mind! We have scoured the globe for the world’s absolute weirdest museums, and we have included only the very strangest in this list of “10 of the Weirdest Museums on the Planet”. You may just have to visit a couple of them twice!

#10 Carpigiani Gelato Museum – Emilia Bologna – Italy

While this may not be the weirdest museum on this list, it is definitely worth a visit! This museum is completely dedicated to the creamy, flavorful artistry of gelato, AND it’s a multi-sensory experience.

Visitors to this sweet space can indulge in gelato tasting, along with recipe creation and even workshops dedicated to making your very own gelato. Don’t leave without taking the tour and learning more about the interesting history of this tasty treat!

#9 Vampire Museum – Paris – France

OK, so any museum that carries the label of “private” is already beyond fascinating. Toss in some vampire artifacts, art pieces and some undead lore, all displayed in an ancient basement, and you definitely have the ingredients for a unique museum visit.

If you think you won’t be able to stay away, they also offer memberships. Plus, there’s a dinner club, complete with a full meal, a guided tour and vampire-inspired group games. Just be sure to leave your garlic at home.

#8 The Cat Cabinet – Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Studying at a university can definitely cause some stress, but is it really enough to give it all up and surround yourself with thousands of cats? Well, thanks to this unique museum dedicated to these furry felines, you may be able to give it a try on your next rainy afternoon.

At this museum, the cat is celebrated through works of art, ranging from the classically inclined to those that are rooted in pop culture. If you still want more, check out the shop for everything you need to start your brand new cat addiction.

#7 The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum – Tennessee – USA

Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, this bizarre museum is home to well over 20,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers. Andrea Ludden has been collecting for over 25 years, and she made the decision to share this hobby with the rest of the world.

When you visit, expect to tour the facilities and witness this exceptional collection. There’s also a gift shop, where the full price of your admission can go toward your very own salt and pepper shaker set. How cool is that?

#6 The Teapot Museum – Weert – The Netherlands

Does the mere idea of this museum have you envisioning scenes depicting the Mad Hatter at his Mad Tea Party in Wonderland? Well, you’re not too far off base.

This tiny museum plays home to over 2,000 different teapots, in every shape, size, design and color imaginable. And to top off the fun, admission is absolutely free. And be sure to take the opportunity to drink a cup in this whimsical, original attraction.

#5 The David Hasselhoff Museum – Berlin – Germany

Well, we are barely halfway through, and things have already taken a turn in the direction of the really bizarre. Yes, there is indeed a museum dedicated entirely to The Hoff. We can’t make this stuff up.

This small museum is hidden in the Circus Hostel, which may be the perfect place to host such a peculiar exhibition. Here you will find countless artifacts highlighting his storied career, including books, toys, costumes worn on set and a gigantic mural. Really… this is too unusual to pass up!

#4 The Hair Museum – Avanos – Turkey

If you’ve been thinking about changing your hairstyle before the next semester, then you may want to visit this museum for inspiration. Containing over 16,000 locks of hair, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to jumpstart your imagination.

After visiting, you won’t find it difficult to understand why this attraction was included in the Guinness Book of World Records. However, with competition being what it is these days, you might want to donate a lock as you leave, just in case. But keep in mind that this museum only showcases female hair. Did that actually kick the creep factor up a notch?

#3 The Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum – Kentucky – USA

If you’re one of those people who gets a bit nervous around clowns, then you might want to think twice about visiting this next museum alone. This attraction houses over 800 items related to ventriloquism, and is (surprise) the only of its kind in the world!

Spend the afternoon learning about the history of this nearly forgotten art form, and view photographs, playbills, figurines and the puppeteered “dummies” themselves. If you still crave more, they even host an annual convention. Got your best ventriloquist voice ready?

#2 The German Currywurst Museum – Berlin – Germany

The fact that this museum actually exists is just more proof that the German people are uber obsessed about their sausage! The fried pork sausage, served with curry ketchup and curry powder, is a true haute-cuisine masterpiece that is definitely deserving of its very own exhibition space.

When you visit, take a tour and learn about the history of this Deutsch delicacy, as well as see numerous artifacts with countless Snapchat opportunities. Be sure to actually sample the currywurst, and even take home a few souvenirs. You never know when you might need a stuffed currywurst to keep you warm at night!

#1 The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets – New Delhi – India

Oh crap! We are at the end of the list. And without a moment’s hesitation, we must reveal the weirdest museum on the planet to be this curious little place, dedicated solely to toilets, hygiene and sanitation.

Located in India, you can find hundreds of toilets that display over 4,500 years of history. However, if you’re not making the trip all the way to India to view this ultimate curiosity, you can always enjoy your own piece of history in your very own bathroom.

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