When you think of museums, you might picture crowds of tourists, the smell of old rags, dinosaur bones, and unique dioramas. Although this is a very accurate generalization, there are museums in this world that are completely out of this world. These whimsical exhibits have things that will shock and amaze even the die-hard among you! We present to you six of the most unusual museums in the world.
Leela’s Hair Museum (Independence, USA)
Retired Hairdresser Mrs Leela Gone inaugurated a museum of jewelery made from human hair. These trinkets are incredibly sophisticated and are truly works of art. Most of the brooches, necklaces and earrings in this collection were created in the 19th century and there are around 2500 items. Whatever you do, don’t try to lick them.
Museum of the Holy Souls (Rome, Italy)
This quaint museum is housed in an actual church building in Rome. Catholics believe that souls do not go to Heaven immediately, they must first atone for their sins in Purgatory. During this period, the soul can still contact the real world and leave traces of its existence. This is what is exhibited in the museum of souls: fingerprints, faces, feet on various surfaces, pages burned with “holy” images and other such frightening things.
International Toilet Museum (Delhi, India)
The International Toilet Museum is dedicated to one of the most mundane processes that every person goes through every day, and that is not sleeping. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the evolution of toilet culture, this museum is right up your alley. Toilets and other toilet accessories used by humans over the past 3000 years are the main exhibits here. These include the oldest found grabber and the Queen of England’s cane encrusted with precious gemstones.
Dog Collar Museum (London, UK)
If you think dog collars are crazy today, wait until you see this museum in London. Here you can find collars dating back to 1500 AD, made of various materials, encrusted with precious stones and studded with sharp spikes. For example, there is a collar with a lock, and no one can remove it without a key. Those spikes are not for torture, but to protect the dogs from wolves and other predators.
Museum of Bad Art (Boston, USA)
What is “bad art”? Your child’s alphabet? Some random pain that someone paid millions for? According to this museum, bad art is something a professional wants to throw in the trash. There are about 500 paintings here, each of which defies the canons of art. Don’t expect drunken doodles, clashing colors or bad eyesight. All the canvases here are handpicked and are sure to impress the audience.
Museum of Cats (Kuching, Malaysia)
In Malaysia, there is the city of Kuching, which roughly translates to “Kitty”. So, of course, a museum of cats was established in this city. Here you can find works of art dedicated to kittens collected from around the world: paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramic figurines, etc. There are plenty of interesting facts about different cat breeds and their habits. All in all, one of the best museums in the world, in my opinion!