Top 6 Weird Museum

by Rebecca Lal
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Top 6 Weird Museums: Museums are intended to be cultural and educational, as many of us are aware. Still, the reality is that they can be strange, bizarre, and intriguing in various ways. Almost everything on this planet has a backstory collected and preserved by curious souls and made available to the rest of the world. Museums were once mainly used for educational purposes, with scientists and physicists being the prominent guests. Museums today have no boundaries regarding subject matter or types of visitors.

As a bonus, we’ve compiled a list of six fascinating, must-see weird museums from around the world for you:

Top 6 Weird Museum

  1. Museum Of Toilets – New Delhi, India

To emphasize the importance of addressing the problem of the sanitation sector in the country, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, a social activist and founder of the Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, founded one of the weird museum, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilet in 1992.

Objects from 50 different countries are on display at the museum. All the exhibits dated from 3000 BC to the twentieth century and are grouped in the “Ancient,” “Medieval,” and “Modern” chronologies. The displays at the museum trace the evolution of toilet-related technology throughout human history. The collection comprises chamber pots, carved Victorian toilet seats, toilet chairs, water closets, and much more that have been in style since 1145 AD.

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  1. Museum Of Bad Art, Massachusetts, USA
Museum of bad arts

Some objects are just too magnificent and otherwise to be overlooked, and this weird museum proves it. The Museum of Bad Art, with the motto – “Art too bad to be ignored,” was established in 1994 by an antique dealer Scott Wilson. He discovered a painting in the trash and was suggested by a friend to start a collection of bad arts. This privately-owned weird museum, located in the basement, houses a series of paintings and sculptures by artists who persisted in creating their work despite something going terribly wrong along the way. 

Out of over 700 pieces of bad art, this museum only shows 25 to 35 at a time to honor the labor of artists whose work would be exhibited and celebrated in no other setting. Each painting and sculpture in the museum has an exciting backstory one must learn. The museum has been chastised for its anti-art stance, but no matter what, “it honors an artist’s right to fail, gloriously” – Marie Jackson (co-founder, The Museum Of Bad Art).

  1. Icelandic Phallological Museum, Iceland
phallic museum

This museum was founded in 1997 by Sigurður Hjartarson and housed phallic specimens from all of the different types of mammals found in a single country. The museum grew out of Sigurður’s childhood interest in penises, which started when he was given a cattle whip made from a bull’s penis. The Icelandic Phallological Museum exhibits a collection of penises and penile sections from almost all land and sea mammals of Iceland.

There are over 200 specimens representing 46 different mammal species on display. Those specimens belong to sixteen different kinds of whale, a rogue polar bear, seven kinds of seal and walrus, and twenty different kinds of land mammal, including Homo sapiens. Along with this, there are a collection of around 350 artistic oddities and practical utensils related to the museum’s theme.

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  1. Cancún Underwater Museum, Mexico
Underwater museum

Cancún Underwater Museum (MUSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art of conservation. Three different galleries with around 500 sculptures are submerged deep in the ocean at the Cancún National Marine Park. The museum was established in 2009 and was officially opened in 2010 by Jaime Gonzalez Canto and Jason deCaires Taylor to protect surrounding coral reefs by providing divers with an alternate destination. The MUSA is still under development; out of 10 different areas within the National Marine Park, only two regions have been developed. This underwater weird museum is developed in a way where sculptures of the museum would convert into a coral reef after a certain duration supporting the marine life.

The sculptures are made above ground with pH-neutral marine concrete and then submerged to ensure that no contaminants are present that could damage the water, wildlife, or coral. Usually, artificial reefs are created by sunken ships and other objects, but these statues are advanced natural materials for corals to grow on – to save the ocean. The sculptures also have holes, allowing marine life to colonize the coral and feed on it. Coral reefs will rise, and so will aquatic life.

  1. Siriraj Museum Of Death, Thailand
Siriraj museum

The Siriraj Medical Museum is known as the “Museum of Death” since it houses various collections, including well-preserved deformed and diseased infants, crushed skulls, skeletons, mutilated organs, graphic and unsettling human remains, and mummified bodies of all ages and kinds. Murder weapons and their victims, parasites, lethal animals and insects, and more are all on display at the museums. While this weird museum tends to be more morbid than scholarly, it is intriguing. Despite its macabre theme, the museum is a valuable source for doctors and medical students. 

The museum is located in the Siriraj Hospital, Thailand’s oldest medical institution. The medical faculty of the Siriraj Hospital founded this one of the weird museum to provide a learning and research environment for medical professionals of present and future. The museum houses the body of Si Ouey, a notorious serial killer who murdered and ate several children before being executed in 1950.

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  1. Sex Museum, Amsterdam
Sexmuseum Amsterdam

The Sex Museum – The Temple of Venus, which opened in 1985, is one of the Netherlands’ most famous weird museums. The museum deals with a touchy subject: human sexuality. The Sex Museum seeks to incorporate aspects of the theme park into its extensive collection of objects. It collected hundreds of remarkable pieces of art, unusual artifacts, and rare old images throughout its more than 20-year lifetime. It also managed to put them together in a structured and exciting way while avoiding the bluntness of pornography.

The history of sex and how it has evolved is presented in exhibits. The museum has an extensive gallery of items, videos, pictures, paintings, and objects that tourists can use to learn about the evolution of human sexuality over time. Visitors are shown how sex was treated throughout in the past – from Cleopatra’s regiment of men – to the Romans’ insatiable desire for sex – and to the repressive Middle Ages. This museum houses a diverse and fascinating collection of artifacts related to human sexual orientation, including portraits, figures, plates, weapons, and various other pieces. This place has an outdated interior aesthetic, an old-fashioned digital approach, and a unique sense of humor.

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The world of strange, fantastic, gruesome, fascinating and weird museums is not limited to the names mentioned above. In one way or another, museums are educational and exciting. Check out the local museums the next time you schedule a tour.

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