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Atypical Museums From Around the World

July 19, 2018 Lexie Mikula No Comments

One of the coolest parts of travel is discovering those off-the-beaten-path places filled with culture and knowledge you may not even know exists. These ten atypical museums from around the world will certainly open your eyes and your mind to new curiosities!

CUPNOODLES Museum – Osaka, Japan

If you’ve ever wondered about how your CUPNOODLES and instant ramen packets were made, look no further. The CUPNOODLES Museum will teach you everything you need to know about ramen and even includes exhibits like a replica of the work shed where Chicken Ramen was first invented. Perhaps the most exciting parts of this museum are the Chicken Ramen and CUPNOODLES Factories, where visitors can create their very own ramen, from start to finish.

An exhibition at the CUPNOODLES Museum in Osaka
Photo by Photozou user Masaya


The International Spy Museum – Washington, D.C.

Become a covert agent, hang with the “Bond” villians, and find out the spy secrets you’re dying to know at the International Spy Museum in DC. They have everything from exhibits covering the complete history of espionage to the process of becoming a spy and notable pop culture exhibits.

The International Spy Museum
Photo by Marcus Qwertyus


Casita Museo de Ratón Pérez – Madrid, Spain

While Spaniards may not believe in the Tooth Fairy, they do believe in their beloved gift-bearing rodent, Ratón Pérez. Created by a Royal Counsellor in the 19th century to ease the tooth-losing stress of 8-year-old Prince Alfonso XIII, Ratón Pérez would “visit” the bedrooms of children and leave them a present in exchange for each lost tooth. Learn the origin story, see the family “home” of Ratón Pérez (it’s a cookie tin!) and you may even spy some baby teeth from Beethoven, Isaac Newton and other celebrities!

Casita Museo de Ratón Pérez in Madrid


Museum Vrolik – Amsterdam, Netherlands

If medical science & curiosity is up your alley, you’ll be a fan of the Museum Vrolik in Amsterdam. The University of Amsterdam museum is home to what is thought to be the largest anatomical collection of animalia and human deformities in the world.

Anatomical collections from the museum Vrolik in Amsterdam
Photo by Flickr user Ryan Somma


Welt der Gifte – Greifswald, Germany

If you have a fear of snakes, Welt der Gifte may not be the attraction for you… This fascinating museum about the world of poison is relatively new, opening in 2017, and features a variety of poisonous and venomous plants, microorganisms, and live venomous animal exhibits.

A snake in an enclosure


The Dog Collar Museum – Leeds Castle, Kent, England

If you’re headed to Leeds Castle in Kent, England, a stop at the Dog Collar Museum is a must. An eclectic collection of collars dating as early as the 15th century, this museum features 130 dog collars. These collars are nothing like the simple canvas ones of today. They feature everything from fearsome iron spikes to ornate baroque designs.

The entrance to the Dog Collar Museum and Shop
Photo by Flickr user Ryan Laskin


Cancún Underwater Museum – Cancún, Mexico

Located in the depths of the Cancun National Marine Park, over five hundred sculptures were placed between three and six meters below the surface of the ocean. The objective? To give divers a cool new destination, and in turn preserving local coral reefs.

 underwater sculptures covered in coral and sea life in Cancún
Photo by Flickr user Ratha Grimes



The Museum of Bread Culture – Ulm, Germany

Bread lovers rejoice! This museum in Ulm, Germany is completely dedicated to the Culture of Bread, housing over 16,000 bread related artifacts. But don’t expect any free samples: The creators of the museum believe bread is no artifact, but rather a doughy staple that should be made fresh daily.

A display of bakers baking bread at the Museum of Bread Culture in Ulm, Germany
Photo by Frank C. Müller


The Gopher Hole Museum – Torrington, Canada

For 21 years, Torrington, Alberta, Canada has been charming visitors with their quirky Gopher Hole Museum. These furry friends are dressed and posed to mimic the townspeople and happenings of Torrington.

Gophers playing cards from the Torrington Gopher Hole Museum
Photo by Flickr user Alan Levine


The Paris Sewer Museum – Paris, France

For a pretty literal off-the-beaten-path experience in the City of Lights, head far beneath Paris and deep into their sewer system… yes, you read that right! There has been a long-time fascination for the intriguing Paris sewers, dating back to its original public display during the 1867 World Exhibition. There have been all sorts of interesting things found like medieval dungeons and the remains of an orangutan who escaped from a zoo. Today, visitors learn about the development of this system, water treatment and aspects of Parisian history you may not learn elsewhere!

The Paris Sewer Museum
Photo by Flickr user Bogdan Migulski



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