World’s Strangest Museums

Samuel Dorsi - Jun 8, 2009

Emotions, adrenalin, tension – collectors know it all. It is the feeling when you find something new fitting into your collection. People collect everything, from traditional things as stamps and postcards to dolls or underwear of famous people. Some of the collectors donate their treasures to museums some even manage to establish a museum on their own. The Professional Travel Guide ranked the top unusual museums you can imagine. invites you for a visit!

Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Ontario

This is a real shoe fetishist delight. The Bata Shoe Museum has more than 10,000 pairs of shoes in its collection. Various types of shoes from Egyptian papyrus sandals to Elvis Presley’s loafers are to be found there. The museum also explores the 4,500 years of footwear, shows us the history of technology of the shoe manufacturing and its development until today. You will be delighted by seeing the collection of amazingly cool shoes!

Museum of Bad Art in Dedham and Summerville, Massachusetts

There are many galleries and art museums in the world exhibiting Picasso, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Michelangelo, Da Vinci or works of other famous personalities of the world’s art history. Museum of Bad Art offers you the other side of art. The museum describes itself as "community-based, private institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory". The museum was established in 1994 and you can see there more than 250 artworks of a really bad quality.

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in New Delhi, India

This museum shows its visitors the evolution of toilets from 2,500 BC until today. The museum was started by an expert of sanitation, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak. He first tried to find a safe hygienic way how to dispose human waste in the country, where many houses do not have toilets. Finally during his quest he found and collected specimens in all shapes, sizes and stages of decoration.

Fantasy Coffins, Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas

The museum was established by former mortician Robert Waltrip and houses an impressive number artifacts and information of funeral practices all over the world. Do you want to have a funeral after you die? Do not make your relatives cry for you! Let yourself burry in a chicken or a Mercedes! Museum of Funeral History shows you how to bear your own death with humor. Fantasy coffins are part of the cultural tradition in Ghana. Outside Africa it is really something unusual, so go to Houston, have fun and “rest in peace”.

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum and Devil's Rope Museum in McLean, Texas

Oh yes, even a barbed wire has a museum. And not only one! These two above mentioned museums both claim to have the largest collection of barbed wire in the world (about 2,100 and 1,400 different types in their respective collections). Interested in wires? Go ahead!

International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee

This museum houses a collection of tow trucks and recovery vehicles, so if you are interested in these vehicles, this is the choice number one for you!

Museum of Coffee Culture, Zurich

Every morning – the smell of fresh coffee! You love it! So no wonder coffee culture has its own museum! Johann Jacobs Museum houses an exhibition of various things that have something to do with the social world of coffee drinking. Porcelain, coffee advertisements, Japan coffee boxes and various other exhibitions to the theme coffee! Do not hesitate and celebrate your morning cup of coffee!!!

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  1. There is an amazing museum in Colorado Springs, the May Natural History Museum of the Tropics.
    This museum is home to over 100,000 species of invertebrates with 8,000 on exhibit. The exhibit changes annually. This is definitely one museum that should be included in articles like this one.


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