February 25, 2010
Dodge stodgy art and dusty history at these unusual museums where, from one-of-a-kind medical curiosities to the world's largest collection of potato mashers, offbeat exhibits piqued IgoUgo members' interests.
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“If you like the bizarre, the unusual, and the truly weird, then you will love this museum,” but “if you have a weak stomach, consider the art museum.” A repository of medical mysteries and maladies, the Mütter boasts such prized possessions as a tumor removed from President Grover Cleveland.
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“One of the most unusual and interesting museums you’ll see in a lifetime of museum visits,” the Bata family’s incredible collection of shoes is “housed in a gigantic shoebox.”
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In addition to the collection of mashers and the world’s largest Pringle (both pictured above), highlights include “a ‘potatoe’ signed by Dan Quayle” and “a potato tuxedo made out of burlap bags.”
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“Delhi’s wackiest museum” displays “a wealth of information on the history of personal hygiene, toilets, baths, and more.” From the very first sewers to loos disguised as stacks of books, the exhibits are “great fun and worth a visit.”
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Jump in a Trabant like this one--you can even have it welcome you at the airport bearing salted bread, pickles, and vodka--and head to the “private museum” that Crazy Tours operates: “a Nowa Huta apartment unchanged since Communist days.” Fascinating photos here.
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Formerly a hotel and spa, this beautiful Florida property now houses collections as varied as the cigar-band artwork above, the world’s largest (dry) indoor swimming pool, and human-hair needlepoint pictures.
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“This is just odd,” says one IgoUgo member, but it’s true: “in the middle of a large, urban park” in Nashville sits the world’s only full-scale replica of Athens’ Parthenon. Built for Tennessee’s centennial, today it serves as the city’s art museum.
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“A treasure chest of the weird and wonderful” that “should be a compulsory must-see place for every tourist,” England’s Pitt Rivers is also the “strangest museum” around, with “shocking artifacts” (think mummies and shrunken heads) that “seriously question the imperialists’ sense of taste.”
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Dedicated to exploring the mysteries of the electrical world, the Bakken is a “delightful, slightly offbeat” place with “hands-on exhibits” that run “from electric eels to defibrillators to Frankenstein.”
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This unique museum provides a multisensory experience: “you get a headset that plays the music of instruments on display as you near their cases.” Take a “marvelous musical tour through history” as you view every instrument you can imagine--and some you can’t.
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