Learn, Marvel and Experience These 15 Beautiful, Cool and Weird Museums Around the Globe
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Did you know that going to the museum isn’t just for the elites? It’s actually a learning experience and on top of that it’s a feast to the eyes to see not only for the culture hungry but for anybody who just wants to feel entertained.
Location: 1352 Rufina Cir, Santa Fe, NM 87507, USA
This quirky museum displays bones that light up with matching music and has a psychedelic funhouse. It’s also home to about 200 artists whose works range from architecture to painting, audio engineering, photography and augmented reality. You also need to check out the “House of Eternal Return” where you’ll have to investigate about a missing family. The dimensions and portals you’ll need to navigate are mind boggling and you’ll need to investigate further as you stumble upon the “Hidden Experiment”. Tickets start at $14.
Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA)
Location: Cerrada Las Golondrinas 24, Alfredo Bonfil, 77560 Cancún, QROO, Mexico
Official Website: http://musamexico.org/
Works of art from 6 artists in the waters of Cancun, Isla Mejeres and Punta Nizuc areas can be seen. The museum was established in 2009 by former President of Cancun Nautical Association Robert Diaz Abraham and Jaime González Cano, the Director of the National Marine Park. It houses more than 500 permanent monumental sculptures by the 6 artists. The museum is divided into three parts. One is Salon Manchones which can be reached through scuba diving as it’s located 8 meters below. Salon Nizuc can be visited by snorkelling, glass bottom or jungle tour. The last one is Salon Punta Sam which is only 3.5 meters deep.
Underwater Archaeological Park of Baia, Italy
Location: Via Lucullo, 94, 80070 Bacoli NA, Italy
Baia which is three times bigger than more popularly known Pompeii used to be an exclusive resort for rich Romans including Emperor Caligula. It was the abandoned in the 8th century and submerged in water. The underwater city can now be toured by snorkelling or even better by scuba diving where marble sculptures and mosaic floors can be touched and seen. Visitors who don’t want to get wet can see the ruins through glass-bottomed boats.
Siriraj Medical Museum
Location: 2 Thanon Wang Lang, Khwaeng Siriraj, Khet Bangkok Noi, 10700, Thailand
This eerie museum is definitely going to give you goose bumps. Rather than seeing countless arts from by forgotten eras, you’ll be treated with preserved dead babies, parasites and mummy of a serial killer. If you think you’d be able to sleep after seeing that then check out their exhibits which house murder victims, autopsies and deformed stillborn infants. Don’t forget the creepy crawlers because there’s a lot of that.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Location: Street 113, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Another eerie museum located in what used to be a school. Not a lot of the almost 17,000 prisoners who passed through Tuol Sleng survived. A lot of them were declared enemies of the revolution hence they were tortured then killed. What you’ll see there are just reminders of the demonic place like photos of the prison victims, water boarding bed and metal frame bed frame which were used to torture the prisoners.
Paris’ Musee d’Orsay
Location: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris, France
Feeling fancy? Then head to this museum because not only do they own art pieces of the masters such as Matisse, Van Gogh and Rodin they also hold major temporary exhibits year-round. Not only that, they host special events too. It’s quite a big museum so prepare for an experience like no other. Their permanent collection is housed on 4 floors. This includes many pieces like paintings, sculptures and photographs from important periods.
Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi
Location: Karen Road, Nairobi, Kenya
This museum used to be the house of Danish author Karen Blixen which popularized the book Out of Africa. It’s about her life in her coffee plantation in Kenya. Today, visitors can go there and have a glimpse of what it was like living in that part of Africa. The house was restored and pieces that belonged to Blixen were put in the rooms to attract tourists. There are guided tours which are quite helpful if you want to know everything about the home of Karen Blixen.
Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art
Location: Bülowstraße 7, 10783 Berlin Schöneberg
This museum just opened last year in the neighbourhood of Schöneberg. It’s now categorized as the largest street art museum in the world. Not everyone is keen though about starting this project as it’s deemed as temporary. But, it’s becoming a global trend and portable panels have been used as canvasses to the house exteriors to preserve it. You could see works of various artists which is exhibited throughout each year. Feast your eyes on sculpture garden and a floating walkway amongst others. Workshops are also held at the vicinity. Admission is free.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Location: 26 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA 02138
You should visit Harvard Museum if you’re after a fulfilling experience. It’s a must to check out beautiful glass models of 830 plant species which were made by father and son tandem Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka from Germany. They were commissioned in 1886 when Harvard professor George Lincoln Goodale wanted realistic looking plant models for teaching purposes. It also housed the collection from the old Havard University Herbaria, Museum of Comparative Zoology and Mineralogical and Geological Museum. Admission starts at USD8.
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Location: 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456, USA
Contemporary arts with focus on socio-political issues are what you’ll mostly see in this creative space. The museum got its humble start at the public rotunda of the Bronx County Courthouse then moved to what used to be a synagogue in 1982. Today, the facility designed by Miami-based architects has a major gallery and an outdoor terrace. The admission is free as they want everyone to feel welcome. Exhibitions from numerous artists of diverse backgrounds change frequently so every visit is a new experience.
Location: 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, USA
Much like the Karen Blixen Museums, Getty Villa lets you experience like you’re in a Roman villa in Pompeii before the catastrophic Mt. Vesuvius eruption. The vibes of the whole area is very similar to Naples and you’ll be seeing some olive and fig trees which are in abundance in Italy. There’s the Pacific Ocean which stretches to the horizon and of course, you can see Greek and Roman art in their collection. Admission is free.
Dulles National Air and Space Museum
Location: 14390 Air & Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly, VA
This museum is for Science afficianados. It’s a satellite location in Northern Virginia and a part of the Smithsonian Institution. Artifacts that can’t be put in their Washington DC National Mall location goes to this museum. It houses multiple aircrafts and showcases space artifacts. They have a variety of programs. You can see The Concorde as well as the Boeing Dash together with smaller aircrafts. There are times when there’s an outdoor display and they have events and learning programs for all ages throughout the year. Admission is free.
Chocolate Museum Cologne
Location: Schokoladen musem Köln 50678 Köln, Germany
Chocoholics would feast in this museum dedicated to the significance of chocolate in human life. It puts to details how the fascination about chocolates started; from the Mayans to its introduction in Europe and using chocolate in modern times. You can go on guided tours, sample the finest chocolates in their café and head on to the store where there are more than 100,000 chocolate products are for sale. The highlight of the museum is their 10-feet chocolate fountain. You have the opportunity to be given waffles dip in that chocolate to try out. Admission for adult is €9.00.
Singapore Art Museum
Location: 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore
Official Website: https://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/
This contemporary museum opened in 1996 inside a 19th century mission school which was converted to what it is today. You’ll see tons of paintings, sculpture, installation arts and moving media. The museum houses works of different artists. This is the museum where you’ll see artworks that have really vibrant colors. They’re standouts and make the museum alive.
The museum offers workshops and free admission every Friday.
Van Gogh Museum
Location: Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Avid fan or not, you should visit the museum at least once in your life to see the largest collection of his works. The museum opened in 1973 and visitors can see through the galleries the impact of his work. Visitors can also experience audio tours on interpretation of his works, excerpts from his letters and how his art has influenced people.
Aside from his master pieces, you could also see works by other 19th century artists like Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, Seurat, Sisley and Toulouse-Lautrec. The modern annex holds temporary exhibits.
Visiting a museum can offer different sensations for every person. If you want to see art then go to a museum now where you’ll be treated with a unique experience each time.
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