Museums aren’t all dinosaur bones and space models, some are all about, well, uhm, funeral history and potions. Here goes nothing.
Museum of the Weird – Austin, Texas
This museum is modeled after P.T. Barnum’s old dim museums, packed with curiosities (both real and fake, of course.) Here you can see shrunken heads, giant lizards, and a mermaid.
National Museum of Funeral History – Houston, Texas
Texas is the place to visit if you fancy the strange and unusual apparently. The National Museum of Funeral History aims to teach museum-goers about funeral practice across cultures and history.
International UFO Museum and Research Center – Roswell, New Mexico
In 1947 a U.S. Army High Forces high altitude balloon crashed near the town, this created a lot of suspicion among civilians about aliens and government cover-ups, the whole incident was and is still known as the Roswell Incident. The International UFO Museum and Research Cente dives deep into this incident as well as crop circles, UFO sightings, Area 51, and more.
Museum of Bad Art – Somerville, Massachusetts
You know the kind of art you stumble upon at yard sales and thrift stores that is so bad that it’s actually good? But in a bad way? Well, you can visit a whole museum filled with this kind of art! And that’s it. That’s the museum.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
New Orleans is a great place to visit if you love creep, the paranormal, really anything falling under the category of “oddity”. Take the pharmacy museum, for instance, it’s a museum dedicated to remedies and potions. This museum is located in the Historic French Quarter, housed in the apothecary of America’s first licensed pharmacist Louis J. Dufilno Jr., and features leech jars, surgical instruments, apothecary bottles, and potions once used by those that actively practiced voodoo.
Mutter Museum – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
If you find yourself near the campus of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Mutter Museum, with its large collection of anatomical specimens, is well worth a visit. This collection is the largest in the world and contains oddities that date as far back as the 7th century BCE. The Mutter Museum is even home to Albert Einstein’s brain!
International Banana Museum – Mecca, California
The International Banana Museum is well, pretty bananas. (So sorry, but we had to!) There are over 20,000 items within the museum relating to well, bananas. Among these items, you’ll find jewelry, pottery, and a record player all uhm, shaped like bananas. The museum claims they have the largest collection in the world dedicated to the fruit, and we aren’t disputing that. Plus, they make and serve banana ice cream, so an all-around win if you ask us.