Seven of the world’s weirdest museums you can visit

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A trip to a museum or two is almost a given on a city break, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for classic masterpieces and antiques. If you’re in the mood for something a little different, we’ve rounded up seven of the world’s most unique and quirky museums. From underwater art to pastel-colored poo, these museums are worth a visit for their novelty alone.

International Museum of Cryptozoology: Maine, United States

What better place to start our list than with cryptozoology – the research and study of animals whose existence is disputed. This weird and one-of-a-kind museum has exhibits on all manner of weird and folkloric creatures, from Bigfoot and the abominable Coelacanth and Mermaid Feejee snowman by PT Barnum. The collection features a range of life-size models, supposed hair samples and fingerprint casts, as well as a range of artifacts and keepsakes kids will love to explore.

Lose yourself in the legend at cryptozoologymuseum.com

Museum of Broken Relationships: Zagreb, Croatia

While broken relationships may seem like an unusual thing to commemorate in a museum, this creative art project has exploded in popularity since its inception in 2006. Comprised of a wide array of keepsakes donated by anonymous contributors, each is accompanied by ‘a story of grief. to explain its meaning. Exhibits include everything from letters, drawings, and stuffed animals to an ax used to destroy the furniture of a cheating girlfriend. The museum’s creators came up with the idea after their own breakup, as a form of catharsis and an exploration of love and loss.

Discover the stories on boatbreakers.com

Chat room: Amsterdam, Netherlands

If you are more into cats, this quirky museum will suit you perfectly. Specializing in cat-themed art, this historic building next to the Herengracht Canal is full of paintings, posters and sculptures of our fluffy feline friends. It was created in memory of the founder’s own cat, a red-haired tom named JP Morgan, and a section of the museum is dedicated to him. The best part is that the museum has five resident cats that roam the galleries and hallways, and they are happy to be petted by visitors.

Admire the collection filled with kittens at kattenkabinet.nl

Underwater Art Museum: Cancun, Mexico

This magnificent and haunting open-air art museum sits deep in the turquoise waters surrounding Cancun and Isla Mujeres, in Mexico’s National Marine Park. Over 500 sculptures rest on the seabed and also serve as artificial reefs to promote coral growth and attract marine life. The statues are intended to examine how humans interact with the environment in both positive and negative ways, promoting marine conservation and countering the impact of climate change. This innovative gallery can be explored through scuba diving, snorkelling or glass bottom boat tours.

Dive to musamexico.org

The Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures: Paris, France

Presented as the only vampire museum in the world, it is the passionate project of vampirologist and translator of Bram Stoker Jacques Sirgent. Behind its scarlet entrance you’ll find all manner of vampire-related props, including ancient texts, a plush vampire bat, pop culture collectibles, and a 19th century vampire protection kit. Sirgent is happy to tell you about all the pieces and share his in-depth knowledge on the subject. Note that this is a private museum, visits must be booked online in advance.

Take a bite out of artclips.free.fr/musee_des_vampires

The Dog Collar Museum: Kent, England

Located in the majestic Leeds Castle in Kent, this unique museum is entirely dedicated to dog collars. It features over 130 rare and valuable dog accessories, some of which date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. There are bulky spiked metal collars designed to protect canine companions from bears and wolves, as well as ornate silver and gold collars from the Baroque period and the 19th century. There are modern styles included in the collection as well, in case you’re looking for some tie inspiration for your own puppy.

Explore the history of doggies at leeds-castle.com

Unko Museum: Tokyo, Japan

For something truly weird and wonderful, the Unko Museum in Tokyo is hard to beat. “Unko” literally translates to “shit”, but what is exposed here fortunately has nothing to do with reality! The surreal and interactive exhibits give a kawaii (cute) touch to the poo, transforming it into what looks more like soft, brightly colored ice cream. There are games to play, Instagrammable photo spots, a ball pool, gift shop, and plenty of poo-related facts to learn. We’re quite sure that it will rank among the strangest and most memorable museums you will likely visit.

Rinse your inhibitions with unkomuseum.com

COVID-19 Tips

Please note that there are currently travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19. Depending on the country you are visiting, museums, hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions may be closed. Always check government advice before making reservations.


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