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15 Best Unusual Museums in the US

If you’re thinking about going to a museum, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Is it a classic art museum that is filled with incomparable works by Italian Masters?

Maybe a historical museum that tracks civilizations in a particular region to the Neolithic Age?

With these unusual museums in the US, you won’t find any of them! Instead, you’ll find some remarkable tributes that are truly unique. Here are the best of the best that the US has to offer.

Best Unusual Museums in the US to Visit

Set aside some time and visit these best strange museums in America.

1) The Toilet Seat Museum

Toilet Seat Museum - Best Unusual Museums in the US
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Located in Alamo Heights, TX there are over 1,000 uniquely decorated toilet seats hanging on the wall like a bunch of trophy heads. Each one has something different. Some have license plates, others have duck heads, and the one that covers cosmetic dentistry is priceless.

For owner/operator Barney Smith, toilet seat art is his medium and he loves to share it with the world. If you ever lose your marbles, there’s a good chance that Barney has put them onto a toilet seat. This museum might be a bit of a stinker, but there’s something to be said for using crappy puns

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2) The National Mustard Museum

National Mustard Museum
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Located in Mt. Horeb, WI, and open 7 days a week, everything you ever wanted to know about mustard can be found within this museum’s walls. There are old newspaper ads for mustard products and other memorabilia, but the highlight of a visit here is to see the mustard.

With a collection of over 5,600 different varieties from over 70 countries and all 50 states, you can even purchase many of the mustard varieties that are on display. Don’t want to go to Wisconsin to buy mustard? There’s an online store that will accommodate your cravings too. Do you have any Grey Poupon?

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3) Tinkertown Museum

Tinkertown Museum
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Located in Sandia Park, NM, this museum features more than 20 rooms that are filled with wood carvings. That doesn’t seem so unusual… until you realize that all of the carvings are from one artist.

It took Ross Ward over four decades to create the figures that are in the museum and you can’t go wrong with 50k glass bottles that are used to surround the museum. Or the fence of bicycle wheels. The fact that some of the displays are animated just adds to the unusual nature of the museum.

4) The National Museum of Funeral History

Museum of Funeral History
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Located in Houston, TX this museum will let you see the country’s largest collection of funeral-related items. For added fun, there are rotating temporary exhibits that will let you see specific niche funeral events, such as a rural family farm funeral home.

If you’ve ever wanted to trace the history of embalming or get to know all about fantasy coffins, this is the place for you! There is an admission fee for adults, seniors, and kids over 12, so trying to sneak in for free would be “dead” wrong.

5) Leila’s Hair Museum

Leilas Hair Museum
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Hair is definitely a form of personal art, but what if you used hair to create portraits, landscapes, and jewelry? At this museum in Independence, MO you’ll find out the answer to your question. There’s even famous hair there too, from Marilyn Monroe to Queen Victoria. With more than 600 wreaths and over 2,000 items of jewelry, you’re in for a “hairy” good time!

6) Stabler Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

Stabler Leadbeater Apothecary
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Closed in 1933 because it was sold to a Quaker family, this museum in Alexandria, VA is like taking a step back into time. Remember when you could drink a magic elixir and suddenly feel better?

Or snort some toad’s wort and wing of newt that you ground up with a mortar and pestle because you had a runny nose? You’ll get to explore the science behind Harry Potter or see how the Americans tried to win the War of 1812 as you stand in the footsteps of Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee.

Just make sure you take two pills before visiting and then call your doctor in the morning.

7) The Museum of Bad Art

Museum of Bad Art
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It could be said that all museums have a section of bad art within them, but only this offering in Somerville, MA puts the best of the best bad art on display in one central location. How can you not love a museum that started in someone’s basement?

There’s even a second location in MA because there is so much quality bad art out there that deserves to be seen. If you see something that you really love that’s really bad, there’s even a chance that it’s been put onto a t-shirt for you.

8) Spam Museum

Spam Museum Exhibit
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The Spam Museum is located in Austin, Minnesota, and is a museum dedicated to the canned processed meat product called spam. The museum has exhibits on the history of spam, how it is made, and how it is marketed. There is also a gift shop that sells spam-themed products.

The Spam Museum is a great place to learn about the history and production of spam. There are exhibits on the history of spam, how it is made, and how it is marketed.

The museum is free to visit, and it is open seven days a week. It is popular with tourists, and it averages around 10,000 visitors a year. Admission is free for all visitors.

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9) International UFO Museum

International UFO Museum Building
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The International UFO Museum is located in Roswell, New Mexico. It is dedicated to the study of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). The museum has exhibits on the history of UFO sightings, the government’s response to UFOs, and the science of UFO sightings.

When you visit this International Museum, you can learn about the history of unidentified flying objects and their sightings. The museum has exhibits on the government’s response to UFOs, as well as the science of UFO sightings.

The museum is open seven days a week. Admission is free for all visitors. It is popular with tourists, and it averages around 9,000 visitors a year.

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10) International Banana Museum

Exhibit at International Banana Museum
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The International Banana Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of banana-related items. It was founded by Bob Hope and opened in 1992. The museum contains more than 20,000 items related to bananas, including artwork, clothing, gadgets, and even a banana-shaped swimming pool.

The best artifact in the International Banana Museum is a life-sized banana made of plaster. It was created by artist Margie Stivers in 1997 and is one of the most popular items in the museum. The banana is displayed in a glass case next to a sign that reads, “This is not a banana.”

11) Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Old Medicine Bottles Exhibit at Orleans Pharmacy Museum
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The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is a museum that is dedicated to the history of pharmacies and pharmacists in the United States. It is located in the town of Orleans, Massachusetts, and was founded in 1992.

The museum is home to a variety of exhibits that showcase different aspects of pharmacy history. Some of the exhibits include a recreated apothecary, an early American drugstore, and a nineteenth-century soda fountain.

There are also numerous interactive exhibits that allow visitors to experience what it was like to be a pharmacist or patient in different eras.

The most attractive feature is the recreated apothecary. This exhibit is home to a wide variety of items that were used by pharmacists in the past. It’s really interesting to see all of the different tools and equipment that were used to mix and create medicines.

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12) Idaho Potato Museum

Idaho Potato Museum Building

Have you ever seen an entire museum dedicated to potatoes? Probably not, unless you visit this bizarre museum.

The Idaho Potato Museum is a museum in Blackfoot, Idaho, the United States that celebrates the history of the potato. The entire museum has exhibits on the potato’s history, its importance to the economy of Idaho, and the many different ways that potatoes are used. The museum also has a gift shop and a theater.

The most attractive part of the Idaho Potato Museum is its exhibits on the potato’s history and how it is used. These exhibits provide a lot of interesting information about potatoes and are very educational. The museum’s gift shop is also a great place to find potato-themed souvenirs.

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13) Mini Time Machine Museum

The Mini Time Machine Museum is a museum that is dedicated to the history of timekeeping. It is located in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and was founded by Dr. Fred Espenak in 2006.

This weird museum has a collection of timepieces from different periods in history, including watches, clocks, and other devices used for measuring time. It also has a collection of rare books and manuscripts on the topic of timekeeping.

The most interesting artifact in the Mini Time Machine Museum is probably the pocket watch that was made by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1815. This watch is notable because it is one of the first watches to be made with a silicon balance spring, which makes it more accurate than traditional watches.

14) Neon Museum

Outdoor Display at Neon Museum
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The Neon Museum is a museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, the United States that is dedicated to the preservation of neon signs. The museum has a collection of more than 150 neon signs from different businesses and organizations.

The Neon Museum is a great place to visit if you want to learn more about the history of neon signs. It also has some really interesting and unique signs that you won’t find anywhere else.

The most interesting artifact in the museum is probably the sign that was made for the Moulin Rouge nightclub. This sign is notable because it is one of the oldest surviving neon signs in Las Vegas.

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15) The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Gatlinburg

Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
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The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a tribute to one of the most common kitchen items. The museum has more than 35,000 shakers on display from all over the world. The collection includes shakers in all shapes and sizes, made from all sorts of materials.

Some of the most unique shakers in the collection are those that were created as promotional items. For example, there are shakers in the shape of Coca-Cola bottles and Volkswagen Beetles. There are also shakers in the shape of presidents, animals, and other objects.

There are so many weird and unusual museums in the United States, it was hard to choose just a few. From a museum of ice cream to one dedicated to toilets, there is something for everyone who wants to see the strange and bizarre side of American culture. If you’re ever in any of these states, be sure to stop by and check out these wacky museums!

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Sunday 27th of July 2014

What a fun list! The museum of bad art, the funeral museum and the apothecary museum sound interesting.

The hair museum would make me feel a little sick I think. When we were in New Orleans visiting the 1850 house they told us that back then people used to make hair wreaths and hair art out of dead people's hair, and we saw a couple of the pieces hanging up on the wall. I don't know why but the thought of having to make crafts out of dead people's hair made me feel a little sick inside. Although I do have to admit that the flowers and shapes they are able to make out of hair are very impressive!