7 Unusual Museums to Arouse Your Curiosity

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7 Unusual Museums to Arouse Your Curiosity

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If you want to have a good time while learning about the history and culture of people, going to museums is a great choice. They are an interesting way to learn about other peoples and what shaped them.

Museums around the world offer practically anything under the Sun, from artifacts to pieces of art and masterpieces. And then, there are museums that feature the most unusual things, some of which you might not even know to exist. They are certainly worth the visit and guaranteed to give you an incredible experience.

 

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1. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Located in New Delhi, India, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is the world's only toilet museum. Yes, you heard it right. This museum is a call to action for one of the country's most pressing issues: hygiene and sanitation. A report said that in about 1.2 billion people in India, 60 percent defecate in the open because they do not have access to safe and private toilets. 

 

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2. Museum of Sex

Also known as MoSex, the Museum of Sex found in New York City was established by Daniel Gluck. It is dedicated to “the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality” through its exhibitions, programs, and publications. The museum focuses on a wide range of sexual preferences and subcultures that will surely interest a lot of folks. Although MoSex’s exhibits are presented in an educational format, they also feature some explicit contents, which is why visitors must be 18 years old and above. 

 

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3. The Torture Museum

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Torture Museum appears in many a list of unusual or weird museums in the world, undoubtedly due to its exhibits. Shining a light on humankind’s dark past when justice was primarily based on violence, the museum displays all things relevant to torture and documents the history of human cruelty. The Torture Museum also has some interactive features such as the inquisition chair that was originally designed for the worst criminals.

 

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4. Museum of Broken Relationships

Breakups can be a devastating experience for the parties concerned and are something that people would want to forget immediately. Thus, collecting mementos about a failed relationship is simply most unusual, as this museum proves. The idea to collect personal items from breakups came from a former couple--Olinka Vištica, a film producer, and Dražen Grubišić, a sculptor. Currently, the museum houses over 4,000 objects from failed relationships, which include a jar of “love incense,” a letter written by a 13-year-old boy fleeing Sarajevo, and an ax used to chop up an ex-boyfriend’s furniture. 

 

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5. Museum of Bad Art

Normally, it’s the best art pieces from renowned artists or talented amateurs that are displayed in museums. But, as its name implies, the Museum of Bad Art just does the opposite, featuring art that not even their creators will love. It’s no wonder that on exhibit there are about 600 pieces that came from trash barrels, garage sales, flea markets, and the like. The museum bills itself as “the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all its forms." 

 

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6. Cancún Underwater Museum

Usually, museums are built on land so that they can be accessible to as many people as possible. This particular museum is certainly not normal as visitors would need to swim to see its collections. The Cancún Underwater Museum is located off the coast of Isla Mujeres in Mexico. Boasting more than 400 sculptures, it attracts at least 750,000 tourists every year. The museum is a collaborative project that aims to preserve the natural corals and local ecosystem.

 

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7. Vagina Museum

Earlier this year, science communicator Florence Schechter launched the first-ever museum dedicated to vaginas. The Vagina Museum located in Camden Market, North London is a curation of gynecological studies that are gender-inclusive and intersectional. It also focuses on breaking the stigma around women's sexuality through exhibitions featuring women's anatomy and periods and even sex. 

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