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The World's Quirkiest Museums


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The Smithsonian, The Louvre, The British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art – they are some of the most popular and best renowned museums in the world. From the Rosetta Stone to the Mona Lisa, a city break this summer could take you on a journey across the entire history of civilisation...

Or you could visit the Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka, Japan, where you can take away your own pot of personalised soup.    

We all love a bit of out of the ordinary culture, so took creativity to the next level and came up with a list of the world’s best quirky museums.

A museum of toilets and toilet history has its lighthearted moments. After all, potty humour isn’t just for five year olds. There are important and interesting lessons to be learned with the study of toilets, and the Sulabh Museum is the place to learn them. The museum recounts over 4,000 years of history and displays artifacts dating back to 1145 AD. From the simple and practical to the ornate and innovative, the range of toilets, bidets, chamber pots and more tell a story of evolution. In addition to entertaining and educating visitors, this museum, which is an offshoot of the non-profit origination Sulabh International, puts the focus on the real challenges of sanitation management that have plagued the world and continue to challenge India and the Indian culture.

Museum of Apiculture, Radovljica, Slovenia

Beekeeping! That’s the story the Museum of Apiculture tells and in a very charming way. The long-standing practice is a cornerstone of Slovenian culture and the history is captured here. Since opening in 1959 in a 14th century manor house in the old part of town, the museum has been collecting and keeping records for the region and proudly displays the contributions of local beekeeping legends Anton Janša and Peter Pavel Glavar as well as the introduction of Slovenian bred bee species. While hundreds of years of innovation are on display, the most eye-catching collection is the array of painted frontal boards of bee hives. This folk art custom, which is unique to Slovenia, was most popular in the early 1800s and the scenes range from religious to political to historical to everyday living.

International UFO Museum and Research Center, Roswell, New Mexico, United States

Roswell, New Mexico, was a sleepy corner of the country until a rancher came upon a crash site just outside of town in July 1947 and the questions began. The search for UFOs (unidentified flying objects) is a passion point for many, and this international museum, which opened in 1992 and has outgrown its first two locations, is the central point for that passion. In addition to exhibits on the incident in 1947, visitors and researchers have ready access to information on abductions, sightings, crop circles and Area 51. The museum also helps host an annual Roswell UFO Festival each year in the first week of July.

The annual worldwide consumption of instant noodles hovers around 1 billion servings. Not bad for a product only invented in 1958. The story of the creation and global takeover of instant noodles is told here at the Instant Ramen Museum, which is centred around a replica of research shack where Momofuku Ando first created the “Chicken Ramen” that started it all. Other highlights include a CUPNOODLES theatre, shaped like the just-add water product Momofuku Ando brought to market in 1971, a display of the “Space Ram” noodles developed for Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi to bring the Space Shuttle Discovery and an exhibit of instant noodles products from around the world. However for the complete ramen experience, make sure to leave time (and make a reservation) for the hand-on workshop where visitors stretch, steam and then “flash fry” dry their own noodles. Want to just create your own flavour concoction? Then step into the My Cup Noodle Factory to pick your own soup recipe and bring home a personalized cup of noodles. 

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