This great nation is full of landmarks and attractions and destinations, with truly something for everyone. And while many may dream of luxurious trips and adventurous fun in top spots and drool-worthy locales, this list has something extra… something special… something just plain weird…
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Yes, these are 10 odd museums that are worth visiting. Some people may live close to these places already, some people may be heading to these towns soon, and some people may want to take a cross-country roadtrip that stops at each and every one of the strange locations that are presented here on this list!
9 Moist Towelette Museum
Many people probably don’t know that a Moist Towelette Museum exists out there. It is located in the Abrams Planetarium on the campus of Michigan State University, which can be found in Lansing, Michigan. According to the museum’s website, John French serves as the Museum Curator, as well as the Planetarium Production Coordinator.
A visit to this unique spot will show off items such as a Refreshment Towel from Lufthansa, a Medi-Pak Obstetrical Towelette, Polident Wipes and Star Trek cleansing towelettes. The site even has a DIY recipe, for those looking to make their own moist towelettes at home.
8 Circus World
Circus World sits on over 60 acres in Baraboo, Wisconsin, which are full of structures, buildings, wagons and exhibits that once belonged to the Ringling Bros; the Ringling Circus used this area from 1884 to 1918, making this a National Historic Landmark Site.
While the history is definitely special, the fun offered here is, too! Circus World has events and shows such as Kids’ World Circus (which lets children create their own circus), animals (like ponies, tigers and elephants) and “Summer of Luv Under the Big Top” (a 1960s-inspired performance in honor of this attraction’s 60th anniversary).
7 The National Museum of Funeral History
The National Museum of Funeral History has been around since 1992, and it informs guests about and celebrates the heritage of the funeral services industry. Those who make a stop here in Houston, Texas, will see the biggest collection of funeral service items, explore funeral cultures from ancient Egypt to now, view special exhibits such as portraits made from cremated remains and learn about caskets/coffins, hearses and the funerals of presidents and celebrities.
This museum may not be for everyone, but it is certainly interesting, and it is definitely a bit weird!
6 The Museum of the Weird
Also in Texas is The Museum of the Weird, which, of course, can be found in Austin, where people keep it weird. This Sixth Street establishment started as Lucky Lizard Curios & Gifts, named after the shop owner’s pet lizards; they were kept in the back, and some people would come just to see these guys!
After awhile, the owners started putting other unusual objects back there, too, like shrunken heads and suits of armor. They used to be for sale, but now, they have grown into a museum that is full of oddities, explores paranormal events and even has a life-sized King Kong!
5 The Kazoo Museum
Another odd thing that has its own museum is the kazoo. Yes, Kazoobie Kazoos, LLC, has made kazoos since 1999, and the public can dive deep into the world of this plastic instrument by visiting The Kazoo Museum and The Kazoo Factory in Beaufort, South Carolina.
There are historical kazoos, there is a tour of the factory, there are kazoo accessories to see, there is a gift shop, and there is even the chance to make a kazoo. Just choose out of 14 colors for the body and cap, insert a custom-made resonator, and use a tool to complete this fun project and experience.
4 The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
In Tucson, Arizona, there is another unique museum: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. Here, guests can explore over 400 dollhouses and other mini pieces of art. For instance, in The History Gallery, there are tiny reproductions that show what life was like in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. This space also educates people on how the art of miniatures has changed over time.
In The Enchanted Realm Gallery, visitors can see small version of dragons, fairies and other magical creatures. And The Exploring the World Gallery depicts life around the globe, in a mini way that is full of detail.
3 The Mothman Museum
The only Mothman museum on the globe is located in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. It includes the biggest collection that is focused on and centered around the movie The Mothman Prophecies, as well as relevant historical documents, news clippings and images. And this is the perfect place for this museum to be, since people have actually seen the Mothman here!
Each year, The Mothman Festival also takes place in Point Pleasant, to celebrate this thing further, and the museum’s website even has a live 24-hour MOTHCAM, which shows tourists posing with the famous Mothman Statue.
2 Hammer Museum
An additional and original museum in this country is the Hammer Museum in Haines, Alaska. It is the first museum on the planet that exists in order to share the history of the hammer. Those who take a trip here can see 2,000 hammers and 7,000 other items that are changed out regularly, meaning there is always something new to see.
The Hammer Museum started as a private collection, but it has grown into a real tourist attraction. Oh, and its mission is simple: to preserve the history of the hammer.
1 The SPAM® Museum
SPAM is a classic, easy, beloved food item, so it makes sense that there would be a museum dedicated to it… Doesn’t it? The SPAM® Museum exists in Austin, Minnesota, and it is full of facts, exhibits, history and behind-the-scenes details regarding this canned meat that has been around since 1937.
And it gets better: The SPAM® Museum offers free admission, and those who are really big fans of it can even become SPAM™bassadors. So if anyone lives in this area or is heading here soon, remember that this place is a thing.