I recall being a young boy, touring a natural history museum and being assaulted on all sides by an endless sea of impressive exhibits. Man was I bored. Sure, the dinosaur bones were cool, and I spent a great deal of time wondering just how difficult it would be to get a saddle onto a triceratops, but the rest of it really didn’t much appeal to the mind of a teenager.
Perhaps, if my parents had been smart, they would have taken me to one of the following museums. Sure, I might have needed therapy for decades after, but at least I would have learned a valuable lesson about appreciating family outings.
PLASTINARIUM, I believe, is what happens when a comic book villain manages to pass off his insanity as art. Which says a great deal about the nature of art, in my opinion. Gunther von Hagens – note how well the name works as a comic book villain – apparently spent 39 years getting familiar with cutting up human bodies, and preserving them via a process called plastination. He then set about gathering up real human corpses, turning them into plastic, and arranging them in curious poses.
Then he was arrested and sent to an asylum for the criminally insane. No, sorry, he opened a museum where he could display all his plastic corpses, and people pay him money to look at them. Art. It sure does seem a great deal like a punishable offence sometimes.
The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
Perhaps a little more mundane, at least when compared to plastic corpses, is the Instant Ramen Museum. Fancy seeing nearly a thousand different types of Ramen noodles and been given the chance to eat some of them? Well, your dreams have finally been realised with this riveting attraction. Yes, you have to pay to get in.
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The Mummy Museum
It turns out that noodles are boring, so lets go back to real human corpses being put on display. In Guanajuato, Mexico a very specific set of circumstances resulted in mummified corpses being pulled out of crypts. The mummification was a result of unique climate conditions, as well as depressing circumstances revolving around the cost of being put into an individual grave. So what do you do when you have a bunch of mummified corpses on your hands?
Gunther von Hagens would say turn them into plastic, and put them on display. Sadly, they didn’t have the plastination technology in Mexico, and so just settled for putting them on display. Regardless, the Museum, called Museo de Las Momias, is one of the most popular in the region, which just goes to show that dead bodies are a draw card no matter where you are in the world.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
So you don’t think only dead bodies and noodles are found in freaky museums, there is also a museum in India with a bunch of toilets in it. Turns out the humble toilet has a lot of history, and there are so many different types of porcelain potties that they needed a place to showcase them!