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Five of the world’s more unusual museums

Ever looked for a quirkier kind of museum to explore on your travels? Here’s a few ideas…
Paying homage to the world famous condiment, this museum features an extensive collection of prepared mustards – more than 5,000 jars, bottles, and tubes from all 50 states and more than 60 countries! There are also a plethora of items of great mustard historical importance, such as mustard pots and vintage mustard advertisements. Plus, in the gift shop you can sample and take home many of these world famous mustards.

Mustard Museum, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA

The International Museum of Toilets, New Delhi, India
Celebrating the inexorable rise of one of the world’s most essential household furnishings, the overriding mission of this unique museum is to highlight the still-present health issues from improper sewage drainage in India. The museum also aims to educate students about the historical trends in the development of toilets and to help sanitation experts learn from the past and solve problems in the sanitation sector.

Shinyokohama Raumen Museum, Yokohama-City, Japan
Established in 1994 and paying homage to this prolific noodle is a three-floor museum showcasing the dish’s seemingly countless variations. The first food amusement park to be created anywhere in the world, it’s divided into two themed area, a huge ramen restaurant mall and a 1:1 replica of a section of Tokyo in the year Souwa 33 (1958).

The Fan Museum, London, UK
The first and only museum in the world devoted in its entirety to the ancient art and craft of the fan, this beautiful museum is home to a collection of more than 3,500 fans from around the world dating from the 11th century to the present day. The museum building itself is also a stunner, constructed in 1721 and lovingly restored to retain their original elegance.

Museum of Bad Art, Massachusetts, USA
The curators of this museum ask why museums should be biased towards talented artists, and here they attempt to redress the balance with their exhibits and dedicate their galleries to the celebration of bad art in all its glory. There are two branches of the museum in Massachusetts.

If you’ve come across any more quirky museums or galleries that you’d like to recommend then share them with us!

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