This is part two of a series – check out part one here!
Believe it or not, there are a ton of crazy museums out there – so many so that it wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to limit it to one list, hence why there are two. With this in mind, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to make up additional parts in the future. Thank you world!
As you can imagine, there is great diversity in this world and with that comes many different things that are thought to have value. If you’re so lucky to be out on the open road and come across one of these testaments to weirdness, be sure to stop in – it’ll be well worth your time.
If there’s one thing the Japanese are famous for it is doing things a little bit differently (see: batshit crazy). This museum, located in Tokyo’s Meguro neighbourhood, is supposedly the only one of its kind dedicated solely to parasites. In case you’re wondering, this place isn’t just a bunch of lice and leeches in glass jars – some of the more ‘out there’ exhibits include the world’s longest tapeworm at almost 9 metres and the deformed testicles of an unfortunate human host of a tropical bug. Dericious!
Not surprisingly, there are many of these museums all over the world because if there is one thing common to generations of humans, it is their love of inflicting pain on each other. The one highlighted here is found in Amsterdam and displays rusty guillotines and various other devices of pain and cruelty. Be on the look out for travelling exhibitions of suffering, as it isn’t uncommon to see these exhibits pop up all over the place!
Museum of Bad Art
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder… but some eyes just can’t behold how bad this art is. Located in three different cities in Massachusetts, U.S.A, the Museum of Bad Art seeks to preserve the worst of the worst – the kind of pieces that wouldn’t even be found in hotel rooms or on parents’ fridges. While only about 25 to 30 are on display at any one time, the museum boasts well over 500 pieces so you’re always bound to see something new.
Once again the great nation of America brings us another fascinating museum, this one dedicated to hobo culture. Anyone hoping to get a glimpse of sweet bindles and patched up jean jackets has come to the right place, if that place is Britt Iowa in an old movie theatre – where else? It’s open the end of May until August 15th (hobos have things to do too!) and the rest of the year by appointment. For $3, you really can’t go wrong.