While the Louvre, The Met, and MOMA might all be amazing museums, there are so many other great museums around the world that don’t always get enough attention. Some are weird or unique, some are just of interest to a very specific group of people. Here’s our list of must-see weird museums.
The Museum of Bad Art
Short name MOBA, is a nonprofit museum in Somerville, Massachusetts that specializes in art that’s so bad it’s good. The collection has over 2000 pieces and is constantly growing based on submissions from artists around the world. It was founded by artist Edward “Ted” Uzzle who saw a need for an alternative art gallery space.
When you think about it, there’s something quite beautiful about a pig painting with its mouth. Pigcasso is a pet pig belonging to local artist Gwen Cooper and her husband, Simon. The creative duo has trained Pigcasso to paint on canvas using his mouth and tail in lieu of hands (or paws). Pigcasso’s paintings have been displayed at several art galleries around the world—and they’ve sold out every time! The best part? The profits help support animal shelters! We can only say Ok, I like it Pigcasso!
Avanos Hair Museum
Avanos has a reputation for being one of the most unusual places in Turkey. The town is famous for its pottery, which is created with a soft rock called tufa. It’s also known for having the world’s largest hair museum. It contains more than 2,500 wigs made from human hair that were donated by locals and other visitors to the museum. The wigs were originally used as props in plays performed at festivals around Cappadocia, but they have since been displayed as part of this unique collection at Istanbul Archaeology Museums since 2012.
The Telefonbau und Normalzeit Museum
Telephone Construction and Normalization Museum in Germany is a museum dedicated to the history of telephones. It’s located in the town of Schlema, which is home to one of Europe’s largest iron ore mines. The museum has over 1000 telephones on display, including this classic 1920s phone booth.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
It is a museum in New Delhi, India dedicated to toilets. It was established in 1992 by the Sulabh International Foundation and houses toilets from around the world, including many toilet-related items. The museum also has a library that contains over 1500 books on sanitation.
Natural History of Garage Doors Museum
If you’re a fan of garage doors, this museum is for you (I guess other people like you exist). The Natural History of Garage Doors Museum is located in Texas and houses over 1,000 garage doors from around the world. From painted to decorated (and everything in between), this museum is a great place to see all kinds of different garage doors obviously. It’s also a great place if you want to learn more about how these seemingly simple structures have evolved over time.
If you don’t know what to do you can always visit the world’s weirdest museums, which are sure to keep your attention throughout the day. These museums will show you things that are so strange and unusual, you won’t be able to look away.