From poo and pinball to parasites and pork, every day tourists around the world are mindboggled by the weird and wacky museums on offer around the world.
So I thought today would be a good day to explore some of the most zany and bizarre…
-Spam may be more e-mail killer than sandwich filler these days but visit the US state Minnesota and you can feast your eyes on a plethora of pork at the SPAM® Museum.
Home to the world’s “most comprehensive collection of spiced pork artefacts”, the attraction offers a meat-packed day of fun for all the family.
-From pork to porn, Sexmuseum, is the world’s “first and oldest” museum of sex taking visitors on a journey of the history of bonking through 4,000 years of civilisation.
Situated on the edge of Amsterdam’s red light district, expect provocative porno and plenty of sex toys. (WARNING: Don’t buy souvenirs if you’ve got hand luggage only mind, as airport security might not take too kindly to handcuffs even if they are JUST a toy.)
– Translating literally as house of the nuts, (not THOSE type of nuts), Maison de la Noix in Dordogne, France, can tell you everything there is to know about….walnuts.
This small nutty vault displays “EVERYTHING” connected to walnuts, as well as an exhibition of um.. crafts.
-Moving from Omega 3 to…pee, a doctor has set up a museum of toilets in New Delhi, India.
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets shows various bog standards was inaugurated by Maneka Gandhi in 1994 – let’s hope she wasn’t a mystery plopper….
– A bug exterminator has set up the Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum in Texas where the rank roaches are ranked and even dressed up in fancy dress – crazy.
Owner Michael Bohdan says he has a love/hate relationship with the pests – he loves them in his museum but hates them in homes.
– Even smaller and perhaps more grim, Japan dedicates a whole centre to the “world’s only parasite museum”.
The Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo even sells cased bacteria on a keyring to take home to your nearest and dearest.
– Some might call her loony, but Leila Cohoon built a collection of hair after picking up a small wreath made of human hair.
Leila’s Hair Museum in Missouri, US, is inundated with daily calls with people wanting to part with their locks but its website does not make clear whether the retired teacher has an heir to her collection.
– Skeletons come out of the closet at the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma, which has more than 300 on display.
Billed as “America’s ONLY Skeleton Museum’ it is hoped punters will be impressed with dem bones, dem bones dem dry…etc.
-From bones to boners (cheeky, sorry!) a penis museum in Iceland has more than 80 “parts” on display.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum claims its displays are arranged in an “organised and scientific” fashion.
-Crazy cat ladies will feel at home in San Francisco where a Cat Museum celebrates “5,000 years of the relationship between cats and people”.
– A museum devoted to pets is probably acceptable but dog collars maybe don’t have as widespread appeal.
However, anyone who fancies wagging down to Leeds Castle in Kent can look at five centuries of canine couture.
-Pinball is the name of the game at the National Pinball Museum in Baltimore where visitors can play the retro game as well as learn.
“It’s a scrapbook of American tradition and folklore and a looking glass of culture,” according to its bosses.
-If the thought of the dentist makes you squirm or false teeth are a sight for sore eyes then perhaps the National Museum of Dentistry isn’t for you.
But if you can brave it in order to see former president George Washington’s gnashers then open wide and take a trip to Maryland, US.
-More body parts, from breast implants to stretched skin, can be seen at the Wellcome (corr) Collection in London, which displays all manner of medical wonders.
Better still it’s free so if it weirds anyone out, they can leave without being out of pocket.
-My mum hates the stuff but Colman’s Mustard has its own museum in Norwich, Norfolk.
Maybe the display of the yellow stuff should be sandwiched next to the SPAM place.
– Less likely to make some people’s mouth water, a different waterworks display is on offer at the Paris Sewer Museum.
Yes, that’s right Le Musée des Égouts de Paris is dedicated to sharing knowledge on the history of where the other yellow and brown stuff travels to in the French capital.
– Where better than to delve into oodles of noodles than Japan?
The Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka offers a history of the slurpy snack and a full range of shapes and sizes.
– ‘Sausages, schnitzel and weiners’ is the tagline for the German Butcher’s Museum in Boblingen, Germany.
Offering a bit of competition to the Spam collection in America, the attraction offers the “curious visitor” everything they might need to know about meats.
Meat you by the hog roast!
-Last but not least if you’re taking a trip to Liverpool and don’t fancy The Beatles, the British Lawnmower Museum offers punters a unique experience.
Set up, surprisingly by an ex-racing champion, the museum will tell visitors everything they want to mow about grass cutters from Blighty.
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