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Wacky attractions

  • TEXT KATRIN SCHMIEDEKAMPF
  • ILLUSTRATION ANDY REMENTER

Why not visit a museum on your next holiday? Where else can you see vampire teeth, Hello Kitty children’s ­furnishings or historical toilets close up? Here are a few suggestions.

Wacky attractions: Watery adventure
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Watery adventure

 

Dive down and marvel at the sight of hundreds of sculptures underwater, populated by swarms of fish, algae and corals, at the Cancún Underwater Museum in Mexico. Depending on your diving skills, you can scuba drive, snorkel or take the glass-bottom boat to explore.

musamexico.org


 

Wacky attractions: Kitty love
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Kitty love

Dying for a selfie with the world’s most famous cat? No problem at the Hello Kitty Island museum on Jeju Island in South Korea. The cute creature, whose real name is Kitty White and who’s a big fan of homemade apple pie, is everywhere here – and there’s even a fully furnished, pink Hello Kitty kid’s bedroom.

hellokittyisland.co.kr

 

Wacky attractions: Bloodsuckers
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Bloodsuckers

 Behind the suitably blood-red door of the Vampires and Legendary Creatures private museum in Paris, you’ll find gruesome exhibits galore: vampire books, paintings, film posters, costumes, teeth and the autographs of Dracula actors. There’s even an authentic 19th-century kit for slaying vampires. Reservations required.

museedvampiresetmonstresdelimaginaire.blogspot.com


 

Wacky attraction: Broken hearts
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Broken hearts

 

The love of your life has left, leaving behind only a shoe. Or a necklace. Or a fortune cookie wrapper. The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb shows mementos of painful break-ups and lost love, plus the back stories. Croatia too far away? There’s a branch in Hollywood.

brokenships.com


 

Call of nature

 

If you gotta go, you gotta go. We urge you to pay a visit to the Toilet Museum in New Delhi, where you can follow the history of sanitary installations, from brick toilets in Indian homes around 2500 BCE to elaborately tiled Victorian lavatories and ultramodern toilets from Korea and Japan. There’s also culture in the shape of poems celebrating what is possibly the most important room in the house.

sulabhtoiletmuseum.org

Wacky attractions: Call of nature
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Wacky attractions: Chamber of wonders
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Chamber of wonders

The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles is a kind of dark treasure chest brimming with weird objects from various different centuries, including microscopic sculptures in the eye of a needle, oil paintings of all the Russian dogs that ever flew into space, and a mysterious mouse sandwich that’s said to cure a stutter. The museum belongs to a private collector, but it’s open to the public.

www.mjt.org

Wacky attractions: City of gnomes
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City of gnomes

Just outside Bunbury near Perth, Australia, you’ll find a veritable army of garden gnomes. You can even bring your own little guy to Gnomesville and place it anywhere you wish, as long as you include the details of its name and the date it joined the throng. But don’t even think of moving a previous occupant to make space for yours it brings bad luck!

gnomesville.com


 

Schräg im Museum: Stift
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The Illustrator

 

 

Andy Rementer (The New Yorker, The New York Times) illustrated this story. His favorite museum? “The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. My favorite part is one doctor’s collection of 2374 objects removed from the airways and digestive tracts of his patients:  buttons, coins, screws …”


 

More curious museums around the world

 Pigeons 

The American Pigeon Museum & Library in Oklahoma City is dedicated to the relationship between humans and pigeons.   

theamericanpigeonmuseum.org

Watering Cans

Located in Gießen, Germany (gießen means “to water/pour”), this museum boasts a collection of  1200 watering cans that are long-term loans or donations.

giesskannenmuseum.de

Lawnmowers

The British Lawnmower Museum in Southport, England, features more than 300 mowers.

lawnmowerworld.co.uk

Mysterious Creatures 

The Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Oregon, is dedicated to creatures whose existence is unproven, like Bigfoot and the Yeti.

cryptozoologymuseum.com