28 November 2017

Strange Museums

strange museums

The strangest galleries and collections in the world.


Underwater, underground, simply strange.

They are the most bizarre museums in the world.

Unique places that host rare (and at times unlikely) collections.


In Cancún, Mexico, there is a museum where it is not enough to just hand in your entrance ticket.

To admire the collection of sculptures of the MUSA (Museo Subacqueo de Arte), you must first get together your diving equipment and take a guided immersion to see 500 statues waiting to be discovered on the seabed.


Also in Paris, there is a museum that asks its visitors to go deep down below the ground: the Musée des Egouts. The main characters in literary works including Les Misérables by Victor Hugo are now making the sewage channels a tourist attraction: after walking down over 500 meters, the visitors discover the story of Ville Lumière, retold through the evolution of its sewage system.


Of a totally different nature and – in parts – supernatural – is the Museum of souls of Purgatory in Rome, a small yet enchanting collection that supposedly witnesses the existence of purgatory through original documents and objects, on the surface of which it is possible to catch a glimpse of acheropite images which, according to legend, belong to the erring souls who want to get in touch with the living to ask them for prayers of suffrage.


And if the Brokenship of Zagreb displays a collection of various types of objects that have become the symbol of a broken relationship, in Bologna there is a museum that nurtures not only the mind but also the body: the Museo del Gelato (ice-cream museum) offers it visitors an interactive, educational visit accompanied by the possibility to try its sweet delights.


Finally, wine lovers cannot miss out on the change to visit the Museo del Cavatappi di Barolo (literally: museum of Barolo corkscrew), in Cuneo: not only an educational tour that retells the history of this tool, but also a treasure trove of odd and extravagant items, allowing visitors to admire the most original ideas that were never actually made.