Top 10: Unique Museums Around the World
While researching and arranging itineraries all over the world, unusual sightseeing destinations catch our attention on a regular basis, especially in the form of museums. For out of the box travelers, these distinctive museums are a must-see.
#1 Medieval Crime and Justice Museum, Rothenberg, Germany
There are many torture museums across Europe, but this is one of the best. Tracing 1,000 years of legal history and punishment, this museum covers all facets of law-breaking during the Middle Ages.
#2 Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Wales
This museum is housed in a historic mine, highlighting the industrial past of Wales. The museum offers underground tours more than 300 feet into the earth, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many visitors.
#3 Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, New Delhi, India
The toilet is undoubtedly one of man’s greatest inventions and of course has a fascinating history. Learn about the story of public health from a unique collection of historic artifacts, photographs and writings.
#4 The Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia
Located in the capital of Croatia, this poetic and heartbreaking museum is a testament to human emotion. The exhibits include objects left over from former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions, and welcomes donations from its visitors.
#5 Zigong Salt History, Zigong, China
Beginning in 1736, the Xiquin Guildhall was used by salt merchants for trading and local festivals, and is now a museum dedicated to the once-robust salt mining trade in Zigong. The building is simply beautiful, adding to the uniqueness of this museum.
#6 Le Musee des Vampires, Les Lilas, France
Located on the outskirts of Paris, this appointment-only museum is dedicated to the legendary vampires of literature and folklore. The collection was brought together over many decades, and includes physical relics, rare texts, and curiosities from around the world.
#7 Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, London, England
For those who love marketing and Super Bowl commercials, don’t miss this unique museum in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood. The collection explores the history of consumer culture in England, beginning in the Victoria Era.
#8 The Gelato Museum in Anzola dell’Emilia, Italy
Located just outside of Bologna, this new interactive museum is devoted to the frozen Italian delicacy of gelato and is a must-visit for dessert lovers. Make sure to stick around for a tasting afterward!
#9 Museum of Sepulchral Culture, Kassel, Germany
This museum was designed for those who enjoy macabre history. The entire collection is dedicated to the rituals around dying, mourning, and remembrance, including artifacts spanning human history.
#10 International Carnival and Mask Museum, Binche, Belgium
This museum offers a glimpse into the social function and history of costume throughout the world. Many festivals and celebratory rituals still include masks and costumes, with each item being characteristic of unique cultural heritage.