1. Museum of Broken Relationships, 2. Phallological Museum, 3. The Mütter Museum, 4. Museum of Death, 5. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 6. Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, 7. Barbed Wire Museum, 8. Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments, 9. Trundle Manor, 10. Big Mac Museum. Like cats, humans are naturally curious beings. Fortunately, there are many museums around the world to visit, offering a wide range of topics and interests. Here is a list of some of the more unusual places to experience sensory stimulation.
- Museum of Broken Relationships
- Phallological Museum
- The Mütter Museum
- Museum of Death
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
- Barbed Wire Museum
- Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments
- Trundle Manor
- Big Mac Museum
Museum of Broken Relationships
In their timeless hit song “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” the Bee Gees address the suffering and loss brought on by a failed romantic relationship. The Museum of Broken Relationships, on the other hand, is the perfect therapeutic substitute for depressing music.
The collection “is a physical and virtual public space built with the sole intention of treasuring and sharing your heartache stories and symbolic objects,” according to the collection’s website. A museum about you, us, and the ways we fall in love and lose our loved ones. The idea was developed by two Croatian painters who, after splitting up, quipped that they ought to build a memorial to their union.
There are currently two permanent locations for the global crowd-sourced project in Zagreb and Los Angeles. An ax that was once used to destroy an unfaithful partner’s furniture is one of the most famous donations.
Location: Ćirilometodska ul. 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
In Iceland, often known as the “Land of Fire and Ice,” glaciers and active volcanoes coexist to create an extraordinary environment. Fittingly, the Nordic (you’ll get the pun later) nation is home to the only museum in the world that displays phallic specimens from every species of native mammal in a single country.
More than 300 penises and penile components, including a 3-foot willy from a blue whale, can be found in the Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavik, which welcomes visitors. So whether you call the male anatomy a John Thomas, one-eyed trouser snake, tallywhacker, giggle stick, winkle, or hooded bandit, it may be found at this genuinely unique Mecca for members in a hodgepodge of different forms and sizes.
Location: Kalkofnsvegur 2, 101 Reykjavík, Ísland, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The Mütter Museum
Thomas Mutter, a well-known physician from Philadelphia, focused on the surgical correction of human abnormalities and invented methods for treating burn victims. His enormous collection of medical supplies and specimens would ultimately serve as the Mutter Museum’s foundation.
The museum, which was initially established in 1863 and is now housed inside The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest private medical society in the United States, contains more than 20,000 well-preserved items. Highlights from the collection of medical curiosities include a vertebra from John Wilkes Booth, slides of brain cells from Albert Einstein, Chang and Eng’s livers and plaster casts (the original “Siamese Twins”), as well as the infamous “Soap Woman.”
Location: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
Museum of Death
Through artistic expression, museums frequently aim to inspire, stimulate, and celebrate the joys of life. The Museum of Death, on the other hand, adopts a different strategy and instead prominently displays the Great Adios.
Visitors can explore memorabilia and artifacts relating to dying at locations in Los Angeles and New Orleans, including antique funeral items, images from crime scenes, coroner’s instruments, and a sizable collection of serial killers’ works of art. A reproduction of the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide complete with the original mattresses is among the notable exhibitions, and there are also chambers dedicated to Charles Manson and the horrifying Black Dahlia murder.
Location: 227 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112, United States
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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
On the wall of a chamber on the second floor of the Boston museum’s Isabella Stewart Gardner, a sizable empty frame is conspicuously displayed. The emptiness serves as a stark reminder of the largest unsolved art theft in modern history, a theft involving 13 masterpieces valued at $500 million, including “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” the only seascape by Rembrandt.
The wealthy philanthropist and supporter of the arts Isabella Stewart Gardner donated her priceless possessions to the museum. The five-story historic edifice is decorated with a variety of works from Roman antiquities to Renaissance artists like Titian, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Botticelli, reflecting her ideal of appreciating art in all genres.
But, despite the magnificent artifacts on show, the museum is also well-known for what’s missing. After tying up a pair of clueless security guards, two criminals posing as police officers were able to pull off the astounding caper in the early morning hours of March 18, 1990. The locations of the objects are the subject of numerous theories, and Netflix just broadcast a four-part documentary about the crime called This Is a Robbery: The World’s Greatest Art Heist.
Location: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115, United States
Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
An angry mob wrongly accuses a woman of being a witch in a scene from the classic comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. A dismal reality on plain show at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, medieval superstitions were no laughing matter, despite the farce’s use of usual Python-esque black humor.
The museum, which was founded in 1960 and is now home to the largest collection of items associated with witchcraft and the occult in the world, is situated in the charming seaport village of Boscastle in Cornwall, England. The museum also has displays on the early modern witch trials, which resulted in an estimated 50,000 people being burnt at the stake, the majority of them were women.
Since the Collection and Library are both publicly searchable online, registration is not necessary to conduct a remote search of them. Archive Due to current personnel limitations, access and support for researchers are currently restricted.
The online collection records are available for free search by visitors. If you are able to do so, kindly get in touch with the archive and finish the Archive Access and Registration procedure. The cost of access varies. In keeping with other specialized archives nationally and globally, there will be a fee for research conducted for academic or commercial objectives that varies depending on usage.
Location: The Harbour, Boscastle PL35 0HD
Barbed Wire Museum
Kansas, which is located in the middle of America, is well-known for its tornadoes, agriculture, and for being the mythical home of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. The Barbed Wire Museum, which displays more than 2,000 different kinds of fence materials, is also located in this flat, landlocked state.
In the untamed, wild west, barbed wire was used to help establish the nation’s boundary lines after it was originally patented in 1874. Also, during World War I, its maximum tensile strength would be essential as a powerful deterrent against enemy tanks. And every year (aside from 2021 because to COVID-19), collectors from all over the country congregate in La Crosse, Kansas, for the Barbed Wire Festival, where they exchange, purchase, and sell memorabilia.
At first, all that was present was a huge wide range. The native bison were allowed to range freely. The desire to identify one’s region arose as a result of the arrival of the settlers. Fences were soon constructed for miles. Territorial conflicts followed, rights were in doubt, and the landscape started to alter. When the smoke cleared, people could resume living in a largely peaceful environment. The open range’s heyday was over.
Location: 120 1st St, La Crosse, KS 67548, United States
Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments
Ironboot, Scourge, clothing for penance. No, these are not the names of the heavy metal bands performing this summer at an outdoor music event; rather, they are the names of objects discovered at the Prague-based Museum of Medieval Torture Devices.
The exhibition, which is housed in a small structure close to the Charles Bridge, showcases more than 80 techniques used by European courts to inflict horrifying pain and suffering. The presentation is enhanced by a number of graphic drawings and descriptive annotations that give viewers an unsettling peek of life in the Middle Ages as they are peacefully passing the time in the ancient Bohemian capital.
Learn more about the darker eras of humankind’s use of torture, including the Spanish Inquisition and the ancient Roman crucifixion. Learn about the most notorious torture devices, such as the terrifying Chinese Death Cage, The Rack, The Ducking Stool, and Thumbscrews. Torture tools, gruesome photographs, and in-depth descriptions are all included in the exhibits.
The Carnegie Museum of Art, Science Center, and Warhol Museum are just a few of the world-class attractions Pittsburgh has to offer. Trundle Manor, though, is without a doubt the weirdest vacation spot in Western Pennsylvania. Mr. Arm and Velda von Minx reside at Trundle Manor in the Swissvale neighborhood of Allegheny County. The gothic/steampunk home is billed as “the most strange private collection on public display” and “the most unusual tourist trap in the world.”
There are many taxidermy hybrid creatures, small carvings of well-known people (including a person mooning the queen of England), a singing tumor in a jar, a death ray installed on the ceiling of the kitchen, and other interesting things throughout the house. In exchange for the tour, visitors must provide a donation, which may be made in the form of money, alcohol, or a further oddity to add to the collection.
Location: 7724 Juniata St, Pittsburgh, PA 15218, United States
Big Mac Museum
Anyone who grew up in the 1970s will definitely recall the catchy jingle from McDonald’s, “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame-seed bun,” which will haunt them as an earworm for the ensuing decades. But in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, there is the Big Mac Museum for those who still can’t get enough of the renowned burger.
According to mythology, Jim Delligatti, a franchisee who established the first McDonald’s location in Western Pennsylvania, intended to develop a new menu item to satiate the cravings of the region’s ravenous steelworkers. After that, he unveiled the double-decker in 1967, charging a whopping 45 cents for it, which was twice the price of a cheeseburger at the time. Delligatti’s concept would become a huge success and spread to every McDonald’s store in the country.
Before Esther Glickstein Rose, a 21-year-old advertising secretary at the company’s corporate headquarters in Chicago, hit it big with the “Big Mac,” other names for the product were “Aristocrat” and “Blue Ribbon Burger.” Today, pilgrims to the fast-food shrine may take in a ton of memorabilia, including the biggest (plastic) Big Mac in the world, while learning about the history of the company.
Location: 9061 Lincoln Hwy, North Huntingdon, PA 15642, United States
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