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Galina Mitrohovitch  Identity Verified
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Jan 12, 2008

Which is the oddest museum you have ever visited?
In my case, it was a Museum of Funeral History near Houston (I was brought to it).


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Torture Jan 12, 2008

Has to be the Torture museum in Prague.

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I can confirm what bramasole says Jan 13, 2008

That one IS special. But in the same city, there is also the Jewish cemetery museum, which is also quite excentric.

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And more torture Jan 13, 2008

The Inquisition Museum in Lima, Peru. It might as well be called the Torture Museum. The things people do in the name of god.

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The Brut Art collection of artists from psychiatric wards Jan 13, 2008

Located in Lausanne, the collection was unsettling and strange, yet inspiring.

[Edited at 2008-01-13 01:52]


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Wait a minute! Jan 13, 2008

I completely forgot to mention the Museum of Communism in Prague as well. If anybody lives there or visits there, it really is a special one, and it also makes you wonder.

When I visited this museum, I was quite impressed.


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Anne Diamantidis  Identity Verified
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Torture Museum Jan 13, 2008

Definitely both torture museums in Prag - quite impressive and...disturbing ! - and a smaller one in the South of France.

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Museum of Parasitology Jan 13, 2008

I've seen both museums in Prague mentioned by Bramasole and Victoria, and I found especially the latter one very interesting (though not exactly 'odd').
The oddest museum I've seen would probably be the equally small and special Museum of Parasitology in Tokyo. It is in no way 'disneyfied' and follows a rather scientific approach, but still some of the exhibits can really give you the creeps...

Regards,
Erik


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Corkscrew museum Jan 13, 2008

in Menerbes, France.

Amazing, inventive, hilarious and a few 'erotic' ones to boot


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Odd in its own way Jan 13, 2008

efreitag wrote:

I've seen both museums in Prague mentioned by Bramasole and Victoria, and I found especially the latter one very interesting (though not exactly 'odd').


Its presentation or content may not be odd, but the simple fact that it exists, AND that it exists in Prague of all places, is quite odd. The "war" on communism in the Czech Republic (or Czechoslovakia - I hope I spelled that right) was fought over a tiny period of six days - you can imagine how violent that was, since in general, the shorter a battle, the bloodier it is. No wonder why, of all central European countries, the Czech Republic is the one that has the most negative attitude towards communism. The Chech simply took all remaining elements of communism, like statues of Lenin and proletarian uniforms, off the street, and threw it all into a museum, so their streets are now exempt of traces of communism. In contrast, most other central European countries still display a lot of their communist past - not necessarily proudly, but at least, they don't mind remembering that part of their history.

Judging from the way the Czech perceive communism, I am still surprised they have a museum for it - I would have expected them to make a bonfire of all the artifacts that can be found in that museum.

In any case, it is well worth a visit.


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Sewers Jan 13, 2008

The Sewers museum in Paris, where you go underground for a tour of the bowels of the city. No scratch and sniff necessary...

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the doll museum Jan 13, 2008

in Amsterdam- is just an excuse to mention all the small and odd museum in Amsterdam as a whole. London also have a good few of those.

Some months ago, I visited the underground caves where the locals hid during the WW2 bomb raids on Malta. That is certainly the museum that so far has made the most impression on me.
To imagine 3000 people down there, while the bobs fell - that was something else.
Will we ever get beyond waging war on each other??


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Apartheid Jan 13, 2008

Galina Mitrohovitch wrote:
Which is the oddest museum you have ever visited?


Not really odd except when you get to it... the Apartheid museum in Johannesburg, South Africa. You have to use a different entrance based on the colour of your skin.


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Devils' Museum Jan 13, 2008

A long time ago I also visited the Devils' Museum in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Here you will see one of them:

http://www.muziejai.lt/Kaunas/velniu_muziejus.en.htm


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Melissa Stanfield  Identity Verified
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Odd museums here and abroad Jan 13, 2008

Locally, the Nimbin Museum - Nimbin, the self proclaimed "alternative capital of Australia", is an extremely unique community in Northern NSW known for it's love of eco-sustainability (well, I know that's not odd, but nothing is done by halves there!), alternative lifestyles (they have a barter system) and love of smoking "that" herb (hence their annual "MardiGrass festival!") It's definitely a unique place for travellers who have seen it all!

There's also a Museum of Fire near where I was born - there's old fire engines, but also rooms with mannequins wearing old fashioned protective equipment and darkened rooms with huddling mannequins set up to look like they've been gutted by fire - not too odd, but it really used to freak me out as a child!

Internationally, the saucy front windows of Paris' Musée de l'Erotisme was enough for me (!) but apparently they have seven floors! (And I just love how one site says it's "just a g-string's throw away from the moulin rouge!)

Also, I don't know if it counts as a museum, but I chickened out at the last minute from going to the underground Catacombs of the Capuchins in Palermo - the pictures of all those bodies hanging from the walls are nightmarish enough, I wasn't game to see the real thing!
http://members.tripod.com/~Motomom/index-3.html

It's a wacky world

[Edited at 2008-01-13 23:01]


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