Bucket List Worthy
While many travelers routinely schedule visits to the great art, history, and science museums of the world, they neglect to visit some of the planet’s strangest, weirdest, and downright best. This is a worrying trend we intend to stop; and so we present to you our rankings of the 9 Best Weird Museums on the planet.
Description: Exterminator Michael Bohdan displays a crazy diversity of roaches both dead (including a gigantic specimen for which he paid $1,000) and alive (the Madagascar Hissing Roaches, which really do hiss when angered).
Not to Be Missed: The dead roach dioramas in which bugs are dressed up to resemble celebs such as Liberoachi and Marilyn Monroach.
Weirdness Ranking: 9.3/10
Description: The world’s most comprehensive phallus museum reunites around 100 penises and “penile parts” – dried or preserved in formaldehyde – culled from all Icelandic land and sea mammals.
Not to Be Missed: The member that once belonged to a rogue polar bear will make most homo sapien males feel very inadequate.
Weirdness Ranking: 8.7/10
Description: This somber chamber adjacent to the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore Sel Suffragio church displays traces of dead souls, who got stuck in Purgatory on their way to heaven (or hell).
Not to Be Missed: The Bibles tattooed with scorched fingerprints from suffering souls trying to coax loved ones to pray for their release into heaven.
Weirdness Ranking: 8.2/10
Description: MoBa is the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, conservation, and exhibition of excruciatingly bad art in all its forms, ranging from “poor traits” to badscapes.
Not to Be Missed: For those fond of interpretative art, the terribly metaphor-laden works featured in “Here the Symbols Crash” collection will make you laugh (or cry).
Weirdness Ranking: 7.6/10
Description: 200 vintage lawn cutters and garden machines – most from the Victorian and Edwardian eras – trace the history of the machines Brits invented to keep their legendary lawns so immaculate.
Not to Be Missed: Lawnmowers of the Rich and Famous (including one belonging to Prince Charles)
Weirdness Rankingness: 7.3/10
Description: This appetizing ketchup-colored museum treats visitors to the sights, smells, and tastes of Berlin’s favorite sausage.
Not to Be Missed: Entering the Spice Chamber – with its sniffing stations, sausage sofa, and gigantic fries – is a pretty heady experience.
Weirdness Ranking: 6.9/10
Description: Amid some fabulous privies, chamber pots, urinals, and water closets dating back to 1145 AD, this museum makes a convincing case for the significant contributions toilets have made to human civilization.
Not to Be Missed: The replica of French king Louis XIII’s throne with a built-in commode, upon which he relieved himself while giving audience.
Weirdness Ranking: 6.8/10
Description: Created in order to educate future doctors about medical anomalies, this museum’s display of 20,000 human growth anomalies is neither lighthearted, nor for the light of stomach.
Not to Be Missed: A toss-up between the “Soap Lady” (whose corpse turned to soap) and the 8-foot long colon that contained 40 pounds of fecal matter.
Weirdness Ranking: 6.2/10
Description: Housed within the magnificently outfitted Leeds Castle, this unique collection of canine neck-wear spans five centuries, from medieval to Victorian times.
Not to Be Missed: The opulent German and Austrian baroque leather collars adorned with metalwork and velvet.
Weirdness Ranking: 6.1/10