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Junior Taamas
, Nigeria.
Visiting a museum is an educational and
cultural experience that we all enjoy when
traveling. Thousands of museums and
galleries around the world display fine arts,
precious artifacts, and historical displays.

The Louvre, Tate Modern, Uffizi Gallery, and
Guggenheim Museum are just a few of the
famous cultural exhibits around the world
which draw thousands of visitors each day.

By its very definition, a museum is a
building where articles of historical, artistic,
cultural, or scientific importance are
exhibited. Yet there are also some unique,
lesser-known museums around the world.

Many grew from a fanatic’s personal
collection, while others are just plain weird.

10. Hair Museum
See 1st picture below

Avanos, Turkey
In Avanos, Turkey , you will find a somewhat
bizarre museum located beneath a pottery
shop. Artist Chez Galip has collected locks
from more than 16,000 women and
displayed the tresses in his unusual “hair

Saddened by a friend’s departure from
Avanos back in the late 1970s, Galip asked
for a remembrance and the woman
apparently gave him a lock of her hair in

Over the next few decades, he collected
locks of hair from visiting females around
the world. The multicolored hair samples,
tagged with each donor’s name and address,
hang from every spare surface within the

Visitors are not obliged to donate their hair
to the growing display. However, participants
have the opportunity twice a year to win an
all-expenses-paid holiday.

9. Icelandic Phallological
See 2nd picture below

Museum Iceland has a number of museums dedicated
to a range of historic and cultural themes.

However, the Icelandic Phallological Museum
in Reykjavik may well be the weirdest
museum in the world. It is dedicated entirely
to penises.

According to the official website, it is “the
only museum in the world to contain a
collection of phallic specimens belonging to
all the various types of mammal found in a
single country.”

The museum displays over 200 penile
specimens from whales, seals, polar bears,
and 20 other land mammals. A 170-
centimeter (67 in) whale penis preserved in
glass is the largest specimen on display.

There are also human samples on view. In
fact, visitors are given the opportunity to
sign up to donate specimens after their
Among the more unusual artistic displays are
lampshades fashioned from bull scrotums as
well as toys and utensils related to the
museum’s theme.

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
8. Toilet Museum South Korea
See 1st picture below

You certainly won’t have difficulty finding
the public restrooms in this South Korean
facility. Haewoojae is an entire museum
dedicated to the history of toilets and

Despite the obvious lavatory humor, the
museum actually has serious origins. Sim
Jae-duck, or “Mr Toilet” as he became
known, worked to improve the city toilets
during his time as mayor of Suwon City,
South Korea. He also aimed to improve
sanitation around the world with the “World
Toilet Association.”

He even built a toilet-shaped house which
was turned into a museum after his 2009
death. The original museum was
predominately toilet-themed signage and
educational material on the importance of
clean toilet facilities.

Since 2012, the museum has expanded to display a history of water closets, squat toilets, and public urinals from around the world.

7. Cup Noodles Museum Osaka
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Cup noodles are seen as a rather boring
foodstuff that is traditionally eaten by poor
students trying to pay their way through
college. With over 100 billion servings of
instant noodles consumed globally each
year, it probably isn’t surprising that a cup
noodles museum exists.

In Osaka, Japan, you can visit a museum
entirely devoted to the 60-year history of
such noodles. The Momofuku Ando Instant
Ramen Museum tells the history of instant
noodles from the first Chicken Ramen
noodles in the 1950s to the many varieties
available today.

Exhibits include a re-creation of the
inventor’s work shed where the first cup
noodles were developed as well as displays
of noodles sent into space to feed
astronauts. The “Instant Noodles Tunnel”
displays packaging from over 800 varieties
of noodles, providing a great “selfie”
opportunity for ramen lovers.
Visitors even have the opportunity to attend
a workshop to create and package their own
variety of ramen noodles.

6. Kansas Barbed Wire
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Travel through any rural area in the world,
and you are likely to find stretches of barbed
wire fencing surrounding properties. You
may expect to find samples of this spiky
fencing wire in an agricultural museum.

Yet in La Crosse, Kansas, you will discover an
entire museum dedicated to barbed wire.

You’ll be amazed to find over 2,400 versions
of barbed wire on display there.

The museum covers the history of barbed
wire from its invention during the 1870s to
help protect holdings in America’s Midwest
to its uses during the war years and in
modern fencing applications.

You can also explore exhibits of fencing tools
and equipment. A whole museum dedicated
to fencing wire may sound uninteresting.

However, the impact of this basic fencing
material throughout its history makes for a
fascinating display.

5. Spam Museum Austin, Minnesota
See 4th picture below

Many of us shudder at the thought of eating
“Spam,” the highly processed tinned pork
that Hormel Foods first introduced to the US
market in 1937. While the long-life
convenience food certainly had its place as a
staple for troops during World War II , the
square tin of meat has become a much-
maligned product in more recent years.
Yet there is actually a Spam Museum in
Austin, Minnesota. Hormel Foods first
established a small museum in a mall in
1991 before moving to a bigger, more
accessible site in recent years.

Here you can learn the history of Spam
production and its role during the war years.

You can even taste Spam varieties. Yes, there
are different types sold throughout the
world. Visitors can even pick up some Spam
recipes for their next dinner party.

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Lagos State University
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4. Bata Shoe Museum Canada
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Shoe collecting has been a popular female
hobby for centuries. From basic “flip-flops”
and sandals to elaborate fashion footwear,
the humble shoe is something most of us
wear daily.

In Toronto, Canada, you can actually enter a
shoebox-shaped museum to explore the
history of footwear. The wife of Bata Shoe
Company founder Thomas Bata outdid even
Imelda Marcos’s infamous shoe collection.

Sonja Bata began amusing herself by
shopping for shoes when accompanying her
husband on business trips. Her collection
started back in the 1940s. By the 1970s, it
had outgrown their home, so the Bata Shoe
Museum was established in 1992. In 1995, it
moved to its current location.

Visitors to the museum can view over 13,000
shoes spanning over 4,500 years of footwear
history. From Chinese “foot bound” shoes to
basic sandals and ludicrous fashion items,
visitors can learn about the background of
these items as well as the changes in
shoemaking across the centuries.

3. Dog Collar Museum Kent, England
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Dog collars have been a basic canine
accessory since medieval times. Spiked
leather collars were originally used to
protect hunting dogs from predators, while
more privileged pooches donned elaborate
bejeweled ornamental collars.

Even today, we clip on a nylon collar to
attach a lead or identification tag. Any pet
store has a range of doggie neckwear for
your canine companion.

At Leeds Castle in Kent, you will find a
museum dedicated to dog collars across the
ages. Since 1976, the museum has displayed
about 100 dog collars dating from medieval
to Victorian times. The exhibit has collars
that would seem barbaric by modern
standards as well as elaborate royal collars
decorated with each owner’s coat of arms.

An estimated 500,000 individuals visit the
museum each year to browse through five
centuries of doggie fashion.

2. Skull Tower Of Nis Serbia
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Serbia’s somewhat gruesome “Skull Tower of
Nis” dates back to the Battle of Cegar in
1809. With Turkish forces fast closing in,
Serbian commander Stevan Sindelic blew up
a gunpowder store, killing himself and fellow
soldiers to save them from torture by their

Vizier Hurshid Pasha had the deceased rebels
decapitated. Then the heads were skinned
and stuffed. Finally, a 4.6-meter (15 ft)
tower using the skulls of the 952 fallen
Serbian soldiers was erected as a clear
message to rebels.

Over time, some skulls fell from the wall
while others were taken by relatives for
burial. As of 2013, 58 skulls remained on
display, including a glass-encased exhibit
said to hold the skull of Sindelic.

A chapel was built around the tower in 1892
to preserve it as a monument to the fallen
troops and a reminder of the barbarities of

1. Lunchbox Museum Columbus, Georgia
See 4th picture below

Over the years, we’ve all had our favorite
lunchboxes—those utilitarian little objects
that safely carried our sandwiches and fruit
to school or work. Some of us will remember
the metal boxes of the 1950s and 1960s—
from the black-and-red plaid tins to those
decorated with decals of our favorite folk

In more recent years, we shifted to plastic
containers. These included the simple lidded
plastic boxes and the trendy pop culture or
Disney varieties that every school child “has
to have.”

But did you know that there is actually a
museum dedicated to lunchboxes? Above a
country music station in Columbus, Georgia,
you will find a museum displaying thousands
of lunchboxes, thermoses, and coolers.
Owner Allen Woodall first began collecting
lunchboxes in the 1990s. His museum
collection is open to the public and displays
the history of this humble container from
the 1950s to the present.

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