Quirky Collections: Unexpected Museums
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
Tired of trudging past fine art? Weary of feigning interest in natural history? These offbeat museums, dedicated to items not normally associated with curation and scholarship, will rekindle your interest in spending the day indoors.
108 Main St, Haines, AK 99827, USA
Want to learn how to handle a hammer and the history behind it? Then this is the place to come. This quirky, nonprofit museum says it is the “world’s first museum dedicated to preserving the history of the hammer.” Located in a...
Piazza di Santa Trinita, 5R, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
What began in pre-war Italy as two small workshops in the Palazzo Spini Feroni on Via Tornabuoni has grown into a fashion empire and a brand synonymous with Hollywood glamour. A museum dedicated to the craftsmanship of Salvatore Ferragamo opened...
514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
140 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007, USA
The Art Car Museum is a free, offbeat, and uniquely Houston place to visit. The exhibits, including the cars, rotate every few months, so you never know what you'll see. The front is staffed with volunteers who are happy to talk to you about art...
327 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7, Canada
At the heel of University of Toronto’s campus is the Bata Shoe Museum, a collection of over 13, 000 artifacts dedicated to shoes and footwear. Its exhibition, “Footprints on the World Stage” showcases shoes from celebrities and...
22 Rømersgade København K, 1362 København, Denmark
Don’t be put off by a museum dedicated to showing how the working class has lived over the past 150 or so years. One of Copenhagen’s more unusual and enjoyable attractions, the Workers Museum is a surprisingly excellent place for a...
Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, Netherlands
"From the moment I went in I did not want to leave! And if you love purses like I do, you can make a day trip in the museum. There is a complete history of bags and purses, and some luggage, starting in the XVI century until now, different shapes...
Laugavegur 116, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland
Surely the world’s only museum to showcase the phalluses of an entire nation's mammalian wildlife, Iceland’s Phallological Museum is somewhat unique. Despite its obvious quirk factor, the museum is actually an interesting...
4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
We've traveled near and far and been to plenty of museums. Nothing compares the Music Instrument Museum. There are instruments displayed from every country in the world. Next to the instrument is a flat screen tv showing a 30 second clip of locals...
325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
This sheet-metal fever dream by architect Frank Gehry is like a rock-and-roll Guggenheim, home to interactive exhibits that span music, sci-fi, fantasy, animation, video games, and other scrambled bits of modern life. A hands-on studio lets kids...
Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
A fun, interactive museum dedicated to all things Abba. Maybe not for everyone, but I loved it! Tip: Book tickets online in advance in order to avoid the queues. This is a cashless museum, so only credit cards can be used.
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