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The weird and wonderful: the world’s most unusual museums
However outlandish your interests are, you can bet your bottom dollar, that there is a little museum, dedicated to your preferred subject. In light of the British Museum’s recent 225th birthday celebrations – here are a few examples of the more bizarre museums for you to explore. From parasites to lunchboxes it would seem there are no boundaries in the peculiar world of strange museums.
Parasite Museum, Japan
One can always count on Japan to err on the side of the unusual, and Tokyo’s Parasite museum is no exception. Billing itself as the only establishment in the world entirely dedicated to parasites – this place is not for the squeamish. Founded by four research scientists, it has over 4,500 parasites in its collection. The main attraction, however, is a 30 foot tapeworm that was pulled from a woman (I’d rather not know how), who apparently picked it up from eating sushi. Maybe a place to visit after you’ve had your fill of sushi.
Bunny Museum, USA
The Bunny Museum located in LA, is the baby of bunny obsessed couple Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski. The museum is essentially their private home, filled to the brim, with over 28 thousand pieces of bunny memorabilia. As it is their place of residence, you do need to call and book before arrival, and they accept bunny related gifts – if you felt the need to add to the madness.
The Witchcraft Museum, UK
You don’t have to go too far to enjoy museums which boast unusual subject matter – we have our fair share of quirky ones in the UK. The museum of witchcraft, located in Cornwall celebrates all things dedicated to witchcraft and the occult, and is one of the most popular museums in the South West. Interestingly the museum itself has been persecuted in the past, for example, dead cats being strung up in the garden…. Spooky!
The Sewer Museum, France
Ever wondered what sewers actually look and smell like? Wonder no more and take a trip to the Sewer Museum, in Paris. Forget being seen above ground enjoying traditional galleries; get an unforgettable glimpse of the underworld – if you can cope with the stench. Beneath Paris are a rambling network of tunnels, if this experience whets your whistle be sure to check out Les Catacombes on your trip too.
The Lunchbox Museum, USA
America, not only does it proudly boast the world’s biggest ball of twine, the not to be missed Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, it is also home to the Lunchbox Museum. This establishment holds over 1000 lunchboxes collected lovingly by metal lunchbox enthusiast Allen Woodall. He also has a fair few plastic ones too, just in case (for some reason) metal lunchboxes aren’t your thing.