Favorite Unusual Museums in the World

We found these museums to be unusual and interesting and thought you might too! Our travel specialists help travelers plan vacations to these popular destinations year round, and these are some unconventional ideas to consider when you’re looking for things to do on your vacation!

Paris Sewer Museum – Paris, France

Of course our travelers flock to popular tourist attractions, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but here’s another idea for an attraction to visit: the Paris Sewer Museum. First opened to the public in 1867, the sewer tunnels running underneath Paris are where visitors can gain knowledge of the history and inner workings of the Paris sewer system.

Bata Shoe Museum – Toronto, Canada

The Bata Shoe Museum is home to a collection of more than 10,000 pieces of footwear with over 4,500 years of history. This massive shoe collection will excite those interested in both fashion and history!

Museum of Witchcraft – Cornwall, England

Opened in 1951 by Cecil Williamson, the museum exhibits the largest witchcraft collection in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the practice and history of witchcraft and magic, and view artifacts such as a witch’s altar and a magician’s sword.

British Lawnmower Museum – Merseyside, England

With over 250 lawnmowers, this museum is a tribute to the garden machine invented in 1830 by Edwin Beard Budding. Sounds pretty interesting doesn’t it?

Toilet Seat Museum – Alamo Heights, Texas, U.S.

Barney Smith, a retired plumber, has been creating toilet seat art for over 30 years. More than 1,000 of his decorated toilet covers are on display in the Toilet Seat Museum… which is in fact Barney’s garage in Alamo Heights, Texas. Since Barney is the only person who operates the museum, we recommend calling first, so he knows to open his doors.

Instant Ramen Museum – Osaka, Japan

Dedicated to ramen noodle cups and creator Momofuko Ando, the museum showcases the many ramen flavors created, and a reproduction of the hut where the noodles were first produced. You’ll even have the opportunity to make fresh noodles and assemble your own cup noodles.

Cumberland Pencil Museum – Keswick, England

The Cumberland Pencil Museum takes visitors through the history of the pencil and pencil making. The museum is also home to the biggest pencil in the world! According to legend, a huge storm in the 1500s uprooted trees in Cumberland, and graphite was discovered. Shepherds used the graphite to mark their sheep, leading to the creation of the pencil industry.

Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum – Gatlinburg, Tennessee, U.S.

Explore the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee housing a collection of over 20,000 sets of salt & pepper shakers from around the world, some dating back to the 1500s. Andrea, an archaeologist, was fascinated by the history behind salt & pepper shakers, and so she launched the museum. The museum also displays the largest collection of pepper mills in the world!


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