10 Unusual Museums

Here is a list of 10 unusual museums to check out from TripAdvisor around the world

1. Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada: It houses  a collection of more than 10,000 items of footwear with over 4,500 years of history

2. Paris Sewer Museum in Paris, France: First opened to the public in 1867, the sewer tunnels running underneath Paris are where visitors can gain first-hand knowledge of the history and inner workings of the city’s sewer system.

3. Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, England: Anyone even mildly curious about witches must visit the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall. Opened in 1951 by Cecil Williamson, the museum exhibits the largest witchcraft collection in the world

4. British Lawnmower Museum in Merseyside, England: The fastest lawnmowers, lawnmowers of the rich and famous, and some of the most expensive lawnmowers in the world

5. Toilet Seat Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas, USA: Barney Smith, a retired plumber, has been creating toilet seat art for over 30 years. More than 1,000 of his decorated commode covers are on display in the Toilet Seat Museum (Barney’s garage) in Alamo Heights, Texas.

6. Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka, Japan: Dedicated to ramen noodle cups and creator Momofuko Ando, the museum showcases the many ramen flavors made throughout the years, and a reproduction of the hut where the noodles were first produced. The museum has a kitchen facility where visitors can make fresh noodles, as well as a factory where visitors can assemble their own cup noodles

7. Museum of Salt & Pepper Shakers in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in USA: Explore the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee housing a collection of over 20,000 sets of salt & pepper shakers from around the world, some dating back to the 1500s.

8. Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick, England: According to legend, a huge storm in the 1500s uprooted trees in Cumberland, and graphite was discovered. Shepherds used the graphite to mark their sheep, and thus began the area’s pencil industry. The Cumberland Pencil Museum takes visitors through the history of the pencil and pencil making. The museum also houses the biggest pencil in the world; it’s 26 feet and 984 pounds!

9. SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota, USA: It sits on more than 16,000 square feet dedicated to Spam. The Spam Museum features a wall of Spam, interactive displays, a video, and historical exhibits of the Spam brand and Hormel Foods Company. Visitors can even learn how the “mystery meat” is produced.

10. Cat Museum in Kuching, Malaysia: In Malaysia, the cat is considered lucky, and since Kuching translates to “The Cat City,” it is only fitting that the Cat Museum be a popular attraction here. Feline enthusiasts can enjoy 2,000 exhibits, artifacts, and statues from around the world, from an Egyptian mummified cat to Hello Kitty items.

 

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