The Museum of Ice Cream opened last week to adoring crowds in New York City, and while we certainly won’t be frowning upon it – it has a giant sprinkles swimming pool remember – it’s hardly the first focus you’d think of for a dedicated museum.
But if the word ‘museum’ conjures up thoughts of long stuffy corridors full of what people call ‘culture’, you’ll be pleased to learn that ice cream isn’t the oddest we’ve heard of – not even close! So without further ado, we present some of the planet’s weirdest museums.
Icelandic Phallological Museum – Reykjavik, Iceland
If you’re not clued up with your Greek, the word ‘phallic’ relates to all things concerning your member. So yes, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is dedicated to the humble penis. The museum houses more than 215 penises and penile parts from animals which are native to Iceland. We’ve actually been here and the whale penis section is probably the most extensive, but there is a plinth at the end of the museum specially designed in preparation for any Joe who fancies dedicating their Johnson for the public’s viewing pleasure. Form an orderly queue, gents.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets – New Dehli, India
Where could you possibly go from cocks? Toilets, of course! Well, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in New Dehli teaches visitors about the entire history and evolution of toilets throughout the past 4,500 years on this planet. The best attraction is said to be the toilet which is disguised as a bookcase.
Kansas Barbed Wire Museum – La Crosse (Kansas), USA
If toilets and genitals aren’t your jam, maybe Barbed Wire will be. Yes, there really is a museum dedicated to all things barbed wire. The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum features more than 2,400 varieties of the stuff and explores the role barbed wire played in the settlement of the USA. Just don’t touch the goods, OK?
Museum of Broken Relationships – Zagreb, Croatia
Now for something rather more existential; Zagreb’s very own Museum of Broken Relationships. This museum evolved “from a traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins.” The idea is that visiting Joes and Janes donate objects from their own broken relationships as “a chance to overcome an emotional collapse.” We don’t know about you but we reckon we could fill the place!
British Lawnmower Museum – Southport, England
For a quintessentially English day out, what better way to spend your afternoon than by heading to Merseyside’s very own British Lawnmower Museum!? Located in Southport, the museum has over 300 exhibits of garden machinery which span the last 200 years. While there are mowers from the likes of Jean and Geoff from down the road, there is a lawnmower which was apparently owned by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum – Gatlinburg (Tennessee), USA
While this one describes itself as a ‘museum’, it’s fair to call the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum – located in the bright lights of Gatlinburg, Tennessee – as a room with shelves, filled to the brim with more than 22,000 sets from Andrea Ludden’s personal collection. Extraordinary.
Condom Museum – Bangkok, Thailand
As one of the world’s largest producers of them, it’s unsurprising that Thailand and Bangkok are the locations for the illustrious Condom Museum. The museum features condoms from every bygone era, and also has a testing era located on site to test the strength and durability of each prophylactic sheath.
Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum – Osaka, Japan
While we might have Pop Noodles here in the UK, the Japanese have Momofuku Ando. And the creator of Cup Noodles has a whole museum dedicated to his creation, which has millions of university students flocking to it each year. As well as instant ramen packaging and adverts from the past, the museum also has an instant ramen workshop where visitors can make their own ‘fresh’ noodles.
Museum of Bad Art – Brookline (Massachusetts), USA
When it comes to art – we’ll be honest – we have very little idea what we’re talking about. Which is why we absolutely love the sound of the inclusive and not at all intimating Museum of Bad Art. Located in Brookline, Massachusetts, the museum describes itself as ‘the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms.’ Perfect for the uneducated and the ignorant!
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