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30 Most Bizarre Museums in the United States

Bigfoot Discovery Museum—Felton, CA

The hunt for the mythical Bigfoot started long ago and continues to this day. This museum has painstakingly chronicled all of the controversial evidence surrounding Bigfoot. You can view it all and decide for yourself if this creature is real or imaginary. 

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Museum of Death—Los Angeles, CA

If the idea of death has always fascinated you, check out the Museum of Death. This museum features art from serial killers, an exhibit that details the Heaven’s Gate Mass Suicide, and even a morgue photo of Marilyn Monroe. 

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Devil's Rope Barbed Wire Museum—McLean, TX

Ever wanted to know more about that painful type of wire that is used to keep people or animals off private property? This museum will give you the full history of barbed wire. You can also explore patent information, warfare wire, and private wire collections.

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National Museum of Funeral History—Houston, TX

This museum is trying to put the ‘fun’ in funeral by showing you fantasy caskets in the shape of cars, animals, and more. You can also revel in memorabilia from famous funerals, including Michael Jackson and Elvis. You can even learn the history of embalming, if that suits your fancy. 

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The Hobo Museum—Britt, IA

The Hobo Museum sheds new light on the relatively unknown culture of drifters and hobos. At this museum, you can admire hobo art, photographs, artifacts, and documentaries. You’ll also find memorabilia from some of America’s most famous hobos, like the Hard Rock Kid and Frisco Jack.

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Leila's Hair Museum—Independence, MO

If finding a stray hair in your food freaks you out, this museum probably isn’t for you. Here, you can view hundreds of pieces of art made from human hair. It’s beautiful and creepy, so prepare yourself accordingly!

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SPAM Museum—Austin, MN

SPAM isn’t quite as popular now, but it used to be a staple in many American households. Here, you can learn how this mystery meat became popular across the states, how it helped feed our troops overseas, and you can even dine at the SPAMarama restaurant across the street from the museum! 

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Museum of Bad Art—Dedham Square, MA

Most art museums only contain masterpieces. On the other hand, this museum displays pieces that are “too bad to ignore.” Perhaps it will make you feel better about your own artistic skills!

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International Banana Museum—Mecca, CA

Have you ever felt the need to pay homage to the banana? Ken Bannister, the founder of the International Banana Museum, did! He’s collected over 18,000 pieces of bananabilia for your viewing pleasure. Plus, you can enjoy tasty banana treats, like smoothies and breads. 

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Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum—Fort Mitchell, KY

If you enjoy getting creeped out for fun, it may be time to pay a visit to the Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum. It houses over 700 ventriloquist dummies from 20 different countries. You might just find a new appreciation for this art form!

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The Museum—New York City, NY

This NYC museum, simply named The Museum, is home to the most random assortment of strange things from around the world. The list includes the shoe that was thrown at President George W. Bush, Disney bulletproof children’s backpacks, and plastic vomit. 

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Historical Dental Museum—Philadelphia, PA

Going to the dentist doesn’t sound very fun, but visiting the Historical Dental Museum definitely is. Here, you can try your hand at matching tools to their correct dental procedure or view a life-size, Victorian-era dentist’s room in all of its horrifying glory. 

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National Mustard Museum—Middleton, WI

Wisconsin is known for being the land of cheese, but you can also discover all you ever wanted to know about another yellow substance: mustard. Visit the National Mustard Museum to sample mustards and learn about the hundreds of varieties from different countries. 

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New Orleans Pharmacy Museum—New Orleans, LA

If historical medical practices fascinate you, New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is the place for you! Here, you can see firsthand all the tools used in ancient practices, like bloodletting and leeches! It will make you appreciate how far medical science has come. 

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Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum—Alamo Heights, TX

Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum is the perfect destination for anyone who enjoys quirky artwork. It’s located in Barney Smith’s garage, which he transformed to display several hundred pieces of toilet seat art. He adds at least one new piece every year, so feel free to make multiple trips! 

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The Hammer Museum—Haines, AK

Are you looking for something fun to do while you’re in Haines? Well, luckily for you there is The Hammer Museum, where the walls are covered in hammers of all different shapes and sizes. As you go through the exhibits, you’ll learn about the history of the hammer including how it has changed over time.

 

Are you looking for something fun to do while you’re in Haines? Well, luckily for you there is The Hammer Museum, where the walls are covered in hammers of all different shapes and sizes. As you go through the exhibits, you’ll learn about the history of the hammer including how it has changed over time.

 

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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures—Tucson, AZ

The founders, Patricia and Walter Arnell, created this museum to display Patricia’s vast collection of miniature figures. With a goal to educate and excite others, the museum has themed exhibits from different periods in time. If you like small-scale scene and character recreations, this museum is filled with displays you’d love.

 

The founders, Patricia and Walter Arnell, created this museum to display Patricia’s vast collection of miniature figures. With a goal to educate and excite others, the museum has themed exhibits from different periods in time. If you like small-scale scene and character recreations, this museum is filled with displays you’d love.

 

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The Coral Castle Museum—Miami, FL

This is a sculpture garden filled with pieces of art carved out of coral rock by artist Edward Leedskalnin. More than 1,100 sculptures fill the garden, including functioning rocking chairs and a nine-ton gate. For huge, impressive works of art that sometimes seem to defy physics, The Coral Castle Museum is a must-see destination.

 

This is a sculpture garden filled with pieces of art carved out of coral rock by artist Edward Leedskalnin. More than 1,100 sculptures fill the garden, including functioning rocking chairs and a nine-ton gate. For huge, impressive works of art that sometimes seem to defy physics, The Coral Castle Museum is a must-see destination.

 

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Center for Puppetry Arts—Atlanta, GA

Featuring works from the iconic Jim Henson and puppetry traditions around the world, this museum is great for the whole family—even if it’s a little creepy. The exhibits are interactive and informative, giving you an inside look at how the complex art of puppetry works.

Featuring works from the iconic Jim Henson and puppetry traditions around the world, this museum is great for the whole family—even if it’s a little creepy. The exhibits are interactive and informative, giving you an inside look at how the complex art of puppetry works.

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International Cryptozoology Museum—Portland, ME

Cryptozoology is the study of hidden or unknown animals, and this museum stays true to its name by showing you exhibits on strange animals. Some notable displays include the reclusive Yeti, a sasquatch baby, and the Fiji mermaid movie prop from the film P. T. Barnum.

 

Cryptozoology is the study of hidden or unknown animals, and this museum stays true to its name by showing you exhibits on strange animals. Some notable displays include the reclusive Yeti, a sasquatch baby, and the Fiji mermaid movie prop from the film P. T. Barnum.

 

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New England Maple Museum—Pittsburg, VT

You can’t make a trip to Vermont without visiting the New England Maple Museum! You can learn about the history and process of making maple syrup and pick up some delicious maple syrup products.

 

You can’t make a trip to Vermont without visiting the New England Maple Museum! You can learn about the history and process of making maple syrup and pick up some delicious maple syrup products.

 

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The Mütter Museum—Philadelphia, PA

If you’re interested in anything spooky or related to death, this museum will keep you entertained for a while. The Mütter Museum is America’s finest museum of medical history and displays preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical tools. You can even look at pieces of Albert Einstein’s brain!

 

If you’re interested in anything spooky or related to death, this museum will keep you entertained for a while. The Mütter Museum is America’s finest museum of medical history, and displays preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical tools. You can even look at pieces of Albert Einstein’s brain!

 

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National Mustard Museum—Middleton, WI

The National Mustard Museum is one of Wisconsin’s most popular attractions and has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The museum features more than 6,000 mustards from all 50 states and 70 countries. This museum even has a tasting bar where you can sample and purchase many of the mustards on display!

 

The National Mustard Museum is one of Wisconsin’s most popular attractions and has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The museum features more than 6,000 mustards from all 50 states and 70 countries. This museum even has a tasting bar where you can sample and purchase many of the mustards on display!

 

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Chasing Rainbows Museum—Pigeon Forge, TN

If you’re a Dolly Parton fan, you have to make it over to this museum. Dolly Parton created this museum as an interactive and behind-the-scenes look into the music legend’s life. You can see costumes from her movies, glamorous gowns from her concerts, and look at her many awards.

 

If you’re a Dolly Parton fan you have to make it over to this museum. Dolly Parton created this museum as an interactive and behind-the-scenes look into the music legend’s life. You can see costumes from her movies, glamorous gowns from her concerts, and look at her many awards.

 

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Museum of the Weird—Austin, TX

This museum is located in the back of a gift shop and is referred to as “Austin’s best-kept secret.” With exhibits like shrunken heads, Fiji mermaids, and suits of armor, the museum keeps you entertained and creeped out the whole time. You can even view a performance from the Weird Theatre Sideshow performers and explore a monster wax museum.

 

This museum is located in the back of a gift shop and is referred to as “Austin’s best-kept secret.” With exhibits like shrunken heads, Fiji mermaids, and suits of armor, the museum keeps you entertained and creeped out the whole time. You can even view a performance from the Weird Theatre Sideshow performers and explore a monster wax museum.

 

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Porter Sculpture Park—Montrose, SD

Roadside attractions are few and far between, but this sculpture exhibit is still open and entertaining guests from all over the world. There are more than 50 gigantic sculptures that you can walk around and interact with—you can even bring your pup!

 

Roadside attractions are few and far between, but this sculpture exhibit is still open and entertaining guests from all over the world. There are more than 50 gigantic sculptures that you can walk around and interact with—you can even bring your pup!

 

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Idaho Potato Museum—Blackfoot, ID

Who would have thought that Idaho would have a potato museum? This bizarre museum features the history of the potato industry, nutritional information, and even has Potato Lab so you can do fun experiments with potatoes.

 

Who would have thought that Idaho would have a potato museum? This bizarre museum features the history of the potato industry, nutritional information, and even has Potato Lab so you can do fun experiments with potatoes.

 

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The Neon Museum—Las Vegas, NV

This museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and studying iconic Las Vegas neon signs to preserve the historical and cultural importance behind the signs. There are hundreds of rescued neon signs that light up at night in a beautiful display. If that’s your thing, you can get married or host an event here.

 

This museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and studying iconic Las Vegas neon signs to preserve the historical and cultural importance behind the signs. There are hundreds of rescued neon signs that light up at night in a beautiful display. If that’s your thing, you can get married or host an event here.

 

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Glore Psychiatric Museum—St. Joseph, MO

This is an unusual—and slightly terrifying—museum that houses a large collection on surgical tools, uniforms, artwork from patients, and trends in mental health treatment. It’s all kept in the old St. Joseph’s Lunatic Asylum and gives you a glimpse into the life of those who suffered from mental illness in the late 19th century.

This is an unusual—and slightly terrifying—museum that houses a large collection on surgical tools, uniforms, artwork from patients, and trends in mental health treatment. It’s all kept in the old St. Joseph’s Lunatic Asylum and gives you a glimpse into the life of those who suffered from mental illness in the late 19th century.

 

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The Kazoo Museum—Eden, NY

If you’re looking for a strange place to stop for a while, the Kazoo Museum is the destination for you. This museum highlights the history, funny trivia, and process of how kazoos are made. There are hundreds of kazoos displayed on the walls in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

If you’re looking for a strange place to stop for a while, the Kazoo Museum is the destination for you. This museum highlights the history, funny trivia, and process of how kazoos are made. There are hundreds of kazoos displayed on the walls in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

 

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