The World’s Strangest Museums

If you immediately think of airless corridors filled with pretentious people looking down their nose at the rest of the world when you hear the word Museum, you’re in for a treat. There are actually many galleries that display some very strange items all over the world, showing that the potential for human interest is vast!

The Avanos Hair Museum

There’s an archive devoted to human hair in Avanos, Turkey created by a potter named Chez Galip. Visit the cave it’s housed in to view a huge collection of hair from 16 000+ women.

The Bad Art Museum

Often referred to as MOBA, this is the world’s only treasury devoted to the celebration, collection, exhibition, and preservation of bad art in all forms. Located in Brookline and Somerville in Massachusetts in the United States of America, would-be artists are guaranteed to feel a whole lot better about their work after a visit here!

The work is not only from people who should never attempt a piece of art again, but also from celebrated names. The latter collection features work that hasn’t gone quite as planned.

The Underwater Museum

Constructed in Cancun in Mexico in 2009 in the cerulean waters around Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc, the Museo Subacuático de Arte features 500+ life-sized sculptures fastened to the ocean floor. The art works additionally as an artificial reef which has been designed to encourage the growth of coral which, in turn, keeps the aquatic landscape ever-changing. The result is a hauntingly beautiful portrayal of human interaction with the environment. You can explore the environment by scuba diving or snorkeling or take a trip in a glass-bottomed boat.

The International Cryptozoology Museum

Cryptozoology is the search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is debated or unconfirmed, like the Loch Ness monster and the yeti. In Portland, in Maine, in the United States of America, you can look at a collection of artefacts that are said to relate to a variety of mythical beasts. Objects include fecal matter, incredible pictures, sworn testimonials, and riveting stories.

The Medieval Torture Instruments Museum

This chilling museum which reveals the depths of horror man will inflict on his fellows is located in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. There are 100+ tortue devices on display and you may need an explanation for how some of the more imaginative objects work.

You’ll be able to look at the inquisition chair covered in spikes, view swords used for decapitation, and take in the 40+ instruments historically used to interview criminals, political prisoners, and witches.

The Museum of Broken Relationships

This repository in Zagreb, Croatia grew from a travelling exhibition centred on the concept of failed connections and the desolation brought on by breaking up. People are encouraged to donate objects that represent their own experience of this universal occurrence and the body of work is very interesting. More obvious objects like clothes, engagement and wedding rings, and Valentine’s Day presents mingle with stranger remnants, including the occasional sex toy and racy lingerie.