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Behold: Thirteen Weird and Wacky Museums

You thought that by definition, a museum had to contain soaring works of art or powerful testaments to the indomitable nature of the human spirit? Ha—not even close. Anyone who assembles even the most random assortment of objects can technically call it a museum, and someone, somewhere, will surely pay an admission price to come and gawk.
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Creation Museum, Petersburg, Kentucky
Museum of Bad Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Medieval Criminal Justice Museum (aka Torture Museum), Rothenburg, Germany
Museum of Sex, New York, New York
Erotic Heritage Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, New Delhi, India
Museum of Menstruation
Museum of Questionable Medical Devices (aka Museum of Quackery), St. Paul, Minnesota
The Potato Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
British Lawnmower Museum, Southport, Merseyside, UK
Leila’s Hair Museum, Independence, Missouri
The Cat Museum, Kuching, Malaysia
Meguro Parasite Museum, Tokyo, Japan
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Creation Museum, Petersburg, Kentucky

If you like your dinosaurs to live biblically, this is a must-see on your trip to the greater Cincinnati area. Exhibits include the “Noah’s Ark Construction Site” and “Natural Selection Is Not Evolution.” What Would Jesus Teach, indeed. Photo source: katesheets (cc)

Museum of Bad Art, Boston, Massachusetts

The MOBA believes that the artistic spirit lives in everyone, which is too bad, because some “artists’” work is simply frightening. Located in a basement in the Dedham Community Theater, it prides itself on displaying “art too bad to be ignored.” Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Medieval Criminal Justice Museum (aka Torture Museum), Rothenburg, Germany

This museum has quite a lofty name, considering that most of its exhibits fixate on death and pain. All the displays are written in English, although many visitors would probably prefer not knowing what some of those devices were used for. Photo source: nan palmero (cc)

Museum of Sex, New York, New York

People have been doin’ it forever, but there’s only one shrine to sex, located in midtown Manhattan. The museum celebrates the history, diversity, and cultural significance of sex, from vibrators to robot lovin’. Photo source: martinrp (cc)

Erotic Heritage Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada

There’s a thin line between erotica and porn, and the Erotic Heritage Museum aims to explain the difference. Luckily, it’s located in Las Vegas, a city with a large supply of both. Photo source: Rhys Alton (cc)

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, New Delhi, India

It’s a museum on a mission—both to educate the pooping public about the history of the humble pot and to encourage the development of more sanitary restroom facilities throughout India and other developing countries. We’re very interested in the toilet that both microwaves and composts the, um, raw material. Photo source: Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak

Museum of Menstruation

Currently an online-only assortment of menses-related accessories and oddities, the MOM was formerly located in the basement of Harry Finley, its loving curator. Finley’s collection of primitive tampons and vintage sanitary-napkin belts rivals even your great-grandma’s cupboard. Photo source: Museum of Menstruation

Museum of Questionable Medical Devices (aka Museum of Quackery), St. Paul, Minnesota

Located within the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Museum of Quackery is devoted to “relaxicizers,” bloodletting, and all manner of pseudoscientific hokum. Travel back to a simpler time when a foot-operated breast enlarger could cure all your ills. Photo source: MuseumofQuackery.com

The Potato Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico

If you thought broccoli was the most interesting vegetable in the garden, think again. This collection celebrates the history and the potential of the potato in all its forms—mashed, fried, or mustache-wearing toy. It’s all here, and surprisingly not in Idaho. Photo source: The Potato Museum

British Lawnmower Museum, Southport, Merseyside, UK

Yes, it’s a museum dedicated to fantastical, fabulous lawnmowers. Like, for cutting grass. The English really are that into their gardens. At the museum you can buy a DVD detailing “the fascinating history of garden machinery.” Photo source: British Lawnmower Museum

Leila’s Hair Museum, Independence, Missouri

Once considered the province of serial killers and fifty-year-old virgins living in their parents’ basements, hair sculptures can now officially be deemed art. That is, they’re displayed in this Missouri museum just as real art would be, so you can legitimately call them art and not creepy dead mementos. Photo source: Leila Cohoon

The Cat Museum, Kuching, Malaysia

Located in Kuching, a city whose name means “cat,” this museum satisfies the curiosity of cat lovers, from cat history to cat facts to cat accessories. Special sections of the museum are devoted to endangered cats, cat myths, Garfield, and Hello Kitty. Photo source: ego technique (cc)

Meguro Parasite Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Leave it to the Japanese to erect a monument to giant monstrosities. If you’ve ever wondered what a dolphin brain infected with worms might look like, this is the place to find out. Not surprisingly, however, this is far from the weirdest museum in Tokyo. Photo source: jamesfischer (cc)

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