Not all museums are filled with hard to interpret “art” or old mummified corpses of unfortunate child-kings (read Tutankhamen). Some museums are created to feed that fun, interesting, wacky part of you that still believes in unicorns. Unfortunately, there is no unicorn museum, but here are some other crazy museums worth visiting on your world travels. The Brooklyn travel agents at Do All Travel will be able to get you cheap flights to any of these wacky destinations.
Kent, England – Leeds Castle Dog Collar Museum: We are sure when this castle was built centuries ago, the late-lord was hoping it would one day be used to showcase the many outstanding dog collars that have graced the necks of domestic dogs. Luckily for him, that happened, and now this museum has the largest collection of dog collars, covering over 500 years of “canine neckwear.” The collection began as a gift to the dog-loving, final mistress of the castle, and has continued to grow through the efforts of the Leeds Castle Foundation.
Washington D.C., USA – International Spy Museum: Having a museum about secrets seems a little counter-intuitive, no? Well the International Spy Museum has done its best to bring all the espionage out of the shadows and into the limelight. Featuring interactive exhibits, as well as spy gadgets and a Spy School, this museum makes the whole world of secret agents seem all the more real. “Spy Kids 3 with smell-o-vision” real.
Ottowa, Canada – Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum: Originally built to house Canada’s leaders in case of a nuclear war, the Diefenbunker is now an underground history lesson in the Cold War era. The four-story building has been built into the hillside in the village of Carp, just outside the Canadian capital. You can travel through the long blast tunnel and pass the unused offices and seats of power. This old bunker is a scary reminder of how possible the threat of nuclear war seemed at the time.
New Delhi, India – Sulabh International Museum of Toilets: Yes. This is a museum about the history of the porcelain throne. The museum has over 4,000 years of toilet history held within its walls and displays artifacts all the way back to 1145 CE. The museum shows off toilets and bidets of all kinds, but it puts the main focus on the challenges of sanitation management that continue to plague the world.
Sydney, Australia – Museum of Human Disease: Are you afraid of skin boils, missing limbs, or gangrenous feet? We didn’t think so. Oh fearless one, this museum houses over 3,000 specimens showing what the leading causes of death in Australia look like. Not a good choice for a first date.