22 of Europe’s Most Unique Museums

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You’d rather do something wild than nothing at all – especially on your European vacation. You want to explore the quirks and wonders of Europe – the collections and exhibitions that are one-of-a-kind, jaw dropping, inspiring and earth shattering. After all, isn’t that what a trip to Europe is all about? Isn’t it supposed to challenge, stretch, and WOW you?

 

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Well, so should museums – and the most unique of them at that. Indulge yourself in our list. There are no bounds to what you can and should learn and discover – so go for the crazy, the “out there,” the fascinating.

 

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Go for the unique.

 

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Artistic Museums

 

1. National Gallery in Prague  |  2. Rene Magritte Museum | 3. Museum Frieder Burda

4. Burgh House and Hampstead Museum  | 5. Charles Dickens Museume  |  6. Art Ludique Museum

7. The Wallace Collection  |  8. Maison de Victor Hugo  | 9. Museum of Music

 

Cultural Museums

 

1. RNLI Grace Darling Museum | 2. The Dutch Resistance Museum  |  3. German Football Museum

4. CR7 Museum  | 5. The Herring Era Museum  | 6. Bastogne War Museum

7. Norwegian Museum of Cultural Heritage  | 8. The Jewish Museum of Greece | 9. London Canal Museum

 

Transportation Museums

 

1. Nikola Tesla Museum | 2. International Maritime Museum

3. Aeronautical Museum of Belgrade | 4. Volvo Museum

 

 

Artistic Museums

1. National Gallery in Prague 

 

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Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Starting Prices: 5 Euros

What To Explore:

 

Prague, Czech Republic sits on a spectacular river with majestic castles and cathedrals as far as the eye can see. The National Gallery spans across six palaces and illustrates the development of Czech art over the last two centuries. The gallery is home to hundreds of spectacular pieces that emphasize the development of Czech culture, as well as other major European cultures and artists. The gallery is host to works by Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Paul Gauguin, Gustav Klimt of František Kupka. The beautiful artwork inside promises to be just as divine as the Czech skyline.

For more information, visit the National Gallery in Prague here.

 

 

2. Rene Magritte Museum

 

Location: Brussels, Belgiu 

Starting Prices: 8 Euros

What To Explore:

 

Immerse yourself in the life of Belgium’s most famous painter, Rene Magritte, by touring the home in which he spent over two decades creating his masterpieces. The first floor is his personal apartment with countless pieces of original furniture and watercolours, sketches and gouaches of Magritte, whereas the second and third floors are a biographical exhibit of his life’s work in chronological order. The original photos, letters and books draw viewers from across the globe to this incredible museum. Known as one of the most talented painters in all of European history, and one of the most crucial surrealists of all time, this museum allows its visitors to see multiple paintings, ideas and books created by Magritte personified.

For more information, visit the Rene Magritte Museum here.

 

3. Museum Frieder Burda

 

Location: Baden, Germany

Starting Prices: 13 Euros

What To Explore:

 

The Frieder Burda Museum of Germany is a contemporary art museum that brings different perspectives and topics to light in unique ways. This private art collection display hundreds of pieces of art at one time and is constantly adding and detracting from its collection, allowing the exhibits to be in constant development. You will never see the same exhibit twice and you will undoubtedly leave the museum with an appreciation for the ever-changing freshness that contemporary art provides.

For more information, visit the Museum Frieder Burda here.

 

 

4. Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

 

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Location: London, United Kingdom

Starting Prices: Free

What To Explore:

 

Draped in over three-hundred years of history, the Burgh House is tucked away on an inconspicuous street in downtown London. Over countless decades, this property has transformed from a private home to a location hosting all types of artwork, interactive displays and authentic artifacts that represent London through the ages. This one of a kind museum also features an on-site cafe and grounds for hosting beautiful events.

For more information, visit the Burgh House and Hampstead Museum here.

 

 

5. Charles Dickens Museum

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Location:  London, United Kingdom

Starting Prices: 9 Euros

What To Explore:

 

The famed Charles Dickens allures readers of all ages to get lost in his picturesque cities and enchanting holidays, it only makes sense that a museum of his work intrigues academics and readers alike. The museum boasts over 100,000 different artifacts that range from manuscripts to artwork from and about the famous author. Get lost in the exhibit that debunks eclectic myths about Catherine Dickens while your friends dive into Dickens’ little-known work regarding social justice.

For more information, visit the Charles Dickens Museum here.

 

 

6. Art Ludique Museum

 

Location: Paris, France

Starting Prices: 16.50 Euros

What To Explore:

 

Calling all comic, cartoon, and animation lovers! The Art Ludique Museum brings to life your favorite animated characters! From Batman to Monster’s Inc’s one-eyed wonder, Mike, the museum is full of life-size characters, costumes, and props! As you gaze in delight at the variety of exhibits and characters shown, you will feel as though your life has become one big comic strip with you as the star.

For more information, visit the Art Ludique Museum here.

 

 

7. The Wallace Collection

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Location: London, United Kingdom

Starting Prices: Free

What To Explore:

 

The Wallace Collection offers world-class French art and history spread out across twenty-five different galleries. Furniture, paintings and porcelain from the 18th century are displayed in contrast with a complete armoury, giving visitors a taste of both the luxury and the challenges of France in the 1700s. Marvel at collector’s items like bronze jewels and cups that were collected by upper-class families throughout the years and imagine what it would have been like to be a French royal so many decades ago.

For more information, visit The Wallace Collection here.

 

 

8. Maison de Victor Hugo

 

Location: Paris, France

Starting Prices: 8 Euros

What To Explore:

 

Victor Hugo is celebrated as France’s best writer of the 19th Century. He is a greatly decorated author, achieving honors from the French Academy, a royal pension at the age of twenty and being named CHevalier of the Legion of Honor at twenty-three. The museum houses hundreds of letters written by Hugo to various members of social circle and gives an unique insight into an otherwise private personal life! Dive into the mind of one of history’s most talented writers while in the city of love!

For more information, visit Maison de Victor Hugo here.

 

 

9. Museum of Music

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Location: Paris, France

Starting Prices: 7 Euros

What To Explore:

 

The Museum of Music in Paris, France is world renowned for its excellent collection of musical instruments. Starting with instruments from the 16th century, this museum beautifully displays the development of musical instruments and their role in society over a span of more than five-hundred years! Some of the most coveted instruments in their collection of over 700 pieces are a guitar belonging to Brassens and a piano belonging to Chopin.

For more information, visit The Museum of Music here.

 

 

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Artistic Museums

 

1. National Gallery in Prague  |  2. Rene Magritte Museum | 3. Museum Frieder Burda

4. Burgh House and Hampstead Museum  | 5. Charles Dickens Museume  |  6. Art Ludique Museum

7. The Wallace Collection  |  8. Maison de Victor Hugo  | 9. Museum of Music

 

Cultural Museums

 

1. RNLI Grace Darling Museum | 2. The Dutch Resistance Museum  |  3. German Football Museum

4. CR7 Museum  | 5. The Herring Era Museum  | 6. Bastogne War Museum

7. Norwegian Museum of Cultural Heritage  | 8. The Jewish Museum of Greece | 9. London Canal Museum

 

Transportation Museums

 

1. Nikola Tesla Museum | 2. International Maritime Museum

3. Aeronautical Museum of Belgrade | 4. Volvo Museum

 

 

1. RNLI Grace Darling Museum

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Location: Bamburgh, United Kingdom

Starting Prices: Free

What To Explore:

 

Bamburgh’s Grace Darling Museum tells the heroic story of Grace Darling and her father who risked their own lives to save nine people from the shipwrecked SS Forfarshire on September 7, 1838. Gain a deeper understanding of Darling’s personal life by skimming personal letters and family portraits of the young woman’s family. Peer over the edge of the actual boat that Darling boarded to rescue the survivors and enhance your imagination of the actual event by using the museum’s audio-visual tools and exploring their model of the Longstone lighthouse.

For more information, visit RNLI Grace Darling Museum here.

 

 

2. The Dutch Resistance Museum

 

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Starting Prices: 10 Euros

What To Explore:

 

When Adolf Hitler came to power and began his forceful occupation of countless European countries many people were at a loss for what to do. They disagreed with many of his policies, but resistance almost surely meant death. However, thousands of brave Dutch citizens formed a resistance movement against him, risking their lives while standing up for their beliefs. Travel back in time and experience what it was like for these Dutch citizens while you walk through this museum. Every piece of art, be it photos, videos or personal anecdotes, have been presented with meticulous attention to detail and will surely leave you with a deeper appreciation for your day-to-day freedoms.

For more information, visit The Dutch Resistance Museum here.

 

 

3. German Football Museum

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Location: Dortmund, Germany

Starting Prices: 10 Euros

What To Explore:

 

The German Football Museum illustrates football’s rise to popularity in countless countries around the world and explains the sport’s captivating nature! By displaying the sport’s history, rules, and facets in an interactive and beautiful way, the museum plants a love for this spectacular sport deep inside your soul! The museum’s motto, as well as the sport’s motto, is simple: We are football.

For more information, visit German Football Museum here.

 

 

4. CR7 Museum

 

Location: Funchal, Portugal

Starting Prices: 5 Euros

What To Explore:

 

Football is deeply intertwined with countless European cultures, Portugal’s is no exception. Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal’s most famous football player and the winner of endless trophies and awards. He has been named the world’s number one football player on four separate occasions, has been named the best scorer in all of Europe and has been the champion of the UFEA’s Champions League on three separate occasions. Revel in Ronaldo’s glory and admire the Portuguese culture’s extreme praise of such a talented athlete.

For more information, visit the CR7 Museum here.

 

 

5. The Herring Era Museum

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Location: Siglufjörður, Iceland

Starting Prices: $16USD

What To Explore:

 

Nestled in the little-known town of Siglufjörður, Iceland, the Herring Era Museum highlights Iceland’s unique history by bringing herring fisheries back to life. Stroll through three different buildings, all of which emphasize different aspects of the Herring Era. Glide across the deck of an old-time fishing boat, view a bunkhouse that paints a picture of where the herring girls’ lived, and walk through a fishmeal factory from the 1930s. This maritime-award-winning museum will leave you with a deeper understanding of Iceland’s past as well as its future.

For more information, visit The Herring Era Museum here.

 

 

6. Bastogne War Museum

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Location: Bastogne, Belgium

Starting Prices: 7 Euros

What To Explore:

 

Reading about hard-fought battles of past wars is extremely different than experiencing them yourself, but what if you could fully immerse yourself in the challenging war zones of the Second World War? The Bastogne War Museum allows you to do just that. This museum offers one of a kind exhibits that fully immerse you in battles of the past, allowing you to better grasp an idea of what it was like to be a soldier during this time. With a special emphasis on the Battle of Ardennes, children and adults can learn about the daily conditions people fought through during the 1940s, as well as the undeniable impact these battles had on the years to follow.

For more information, visit the Bastogne War Museum here.

 

 

7. Norwegian Museum of Cultural Heritage

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Location: Oslo, Norway

Starting Prices: 15 Euros

What To Explore:

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural Heritage is not one building, but an entire town that beautifully illustrates the Oslo’s rich history. Meander through over 160 buildings on the museum’s property, ranging from apartment buildings to grocery stores, to learn about the history that was once thought lost after the town burned down in 1624. Taste fresh Norwegian treats after watching women bake them in front of your eyes and be sure to open your heart to the petting zoo. This museum will truly make you feel as though you have stepped into a time machine and entered an ancient Norwegian fairytale.

For more information, visit the Norwegian Museum of Cultural Heritage here.

 

 

8. The Jewish Museum of Greece

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Location: Athens, Greece

Starting Prices: 6 Euros

What To Explore:

 

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For more information, visit The Jewish Museum of Greece here.

 

 

9. London Canal Museum

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Location: London, United Kingdom

Starting Prices: $7 USD

What To Explore:

 

Step out of King’s Cross Station and enter this charming museum, set on the glistening water of the London Canal. This establishment teaches visitors about the historical use of London’s waterways, as well as about the long-forgotten ice trade between London and Norway. Learn about the everyday lives of people who lived decades ago and traded amidst these canals. Channel your inner child as you hear about the chilly trade of ice as mentioned in Disney’s Frozen, as well as the delicious ice cream that was once made in the warehouse this museum once was. This museum will interest adults and children alike, informing them about little-known topics of great importance.

For more information, visit the London Canal Museum here.

 

Transportation Museums

 

1. Nikola Tesla Museum

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Location: Belgrade, Serbia

Starting Prices: 5 Euros

What To Explore:

 

Serbia’s Nikola Tesla Museum has many functions. It educates its visitors about the invention and development of their infamous product, serves as an institution for continual research in the field of engineering, and is a memorial for the genius inventor himself. This museum gives viewers the opportunity to learn about the origin, development and future of an invention that has had a massive impact on engineering world and society as a whole.

For more information, visit the Nikola Tesla Museum here.

 

 

2. International Maritime Museum

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Location: Hamburg, Germany

Starting Prices: 13 Euros

What To Explore:

 

Germany’s International Maritime Museum is a massive exhibit that details over three-thousand years of maritime history. With exquisite replicas of ships and detailed paintings of the past visitors will easily be able to imagine how humanity’s relationship with the vast oceans has developed over the years.

For more information, visit the International Maritime Museum here.

 

 

3. Aeronautical Museum of Belgrade

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Location: Belgrade, Serbia

Starting Prices: 5 Euros

What To Explore:

 

Belgrade’s Aeronautical Museum was created to showcase and preserve the development of aviation in the Yugoslav region. SItuated both indoors and outdoors, the museums boasts over one hundred airplanes with diverse origins and purposes. The museum also provides information on, and encourages discussion of, the use of airplanes in bombing Belgrade and various other famous sites throughout Europe.

For more information, visit the Aeronautical Museum of Belgrade here.

4. Volvo Museum

 

Location: Goteborg, Sweden

Starting Prices: $12USD

What To Explore:

 

Volva got its start back in 1927 and has continued to innovate and play a major role in society ever since. This museum includes numerous passenger cars, buses and heavy trucks. These pieces will illustrate the development of the Volvo brand and product throughout the last nine decades. While adults enjoy the nostalgic theme of the museum, kids can enjoy playing in their own mini-car that is made for their use and entertainment.

For more information, visit the Volvo Museum here.

 

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Artistic Museums

 

1. National Gallery in Prague  |  2. Rene Magritte Museum | 3. Museum Frieder Burda

4. Burgh House and Hampstead Museum  | 5. Charles Dickens Museume  |  6. Art Ludique Museum

7. The Wallace Collection  |  8. Maison de Victor Hugo  | 9. Museum of Music

 

Cultural Museums

 

1. RNLI Grace Darling Museum | 2. The Dutch Resistance Museum  |  3. German Football Museum

4. CR7 Museum  | 5. The Herring Era Museum  | 6. Bastogne War Museum

7. Norwegian Museum of Cultural Heritage  | 8. The Jewish Museum of Greece | 9. London Canal Museum

 

Transportation Museums

 

1. Nikola Tesla Museum | 2. International Maritime Museum

3. Aeronautical Museum of Belgrade | 4. Volvo Museum

 

 

About the Author: Rachel Gross

Rachel Gross is a nationally-recognized author, women’s voice advocate and proponent of self-improvement. Her work can be found in several niche-interest lifestyle publications, blogs and more. A life enthusiast and natural creative, Rachel is driven by the strength within each of us. She believes in the power of exploration, travel which excites, and a good cup of coffee.

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