Most of us visit a museum at least once during a vacation. Maybe with your parents, or maybe with your school, or simply because you just like visiting them. Whatever the reason, chances are it was some type of history or art museum. But there are more museums out there, strange and unusual ones. We made a list of ten of those odd museums in our European cities!
Maybe on your next trip to one of them, you can add one of these curious places to your travel agenda. In case you want to explore something different!
A funeral museum in Amsterdam
At De Nieuwe Ooster, the Dutch cemetery, in the former house of the funeral warden, there is a rather unique place: Tot Zover (So Long), a one-of-a-kind funeral museum. The Nieuwe Ooster is a striking, green cemetery and the museum hosts different exhibitions, each one about some aspect of death. It’s the only Dutch funeral museum in existence!
A booze culture museum in Stockholm
The Spiritmusem, a whole museum about the booze culture of Sweden, is a unique experience guaranteed. It has a permanent exhibition as well as two temporary exhibition rooms. The main exhibition is about the bittersweet relationship Sweden has with alcohol. You can also experience a simulation of drunkenness as well as a hangover and even do a quiz!
Gingerbread Museum in Moscow
Walking into the Gingerbread Museum feels like walking into a fairy tale. There are some real masterpieces of gingerbread work along the walls, including a gingerbread imperial palace. They make their gingerbread following the pre-revolutionary recipe, and you can buy an already-finished product as a gift. Or if you’re willing to pay, you can learn how to paint gingerbread!
Neon signs museum in Warsaw
Warsaw Neon Museum is a very original museum focused on neon signs. Right at the entrance, the history of neon signs is presented from its start at the beginning of the twentieth century right up to modern times. In the main exhibition, you can see different signs, all of which used to hang above a shop, with cards explaining their history. It has a very nostalgic feel to it, the neon buzzing reminding you of time that has passed.
Relics of deceased people collection in Rome
Museo delle anime del Purgatorio collects relics, documents, and photos of deceased people condemned to Purgatory who are trying to catch the attention of the living, creepy right? It all started after a specific occurrence happened in this church in 1897 during a devastating fire. The priest thought he saw a soul condemned to purgatory in the flames, and from then on started collecting objects and documents about similar facts!
IT Archeology Museum in Athens
For all intents and purposes, the Hellenic IT Museum is an archaeological museum for computers and gadgets from the 70s onwards. The first one of its kind in Greece, the museum willingly accepts your electronic relics, that will become part of their permanent collection. In case you’re interested in a visit, keep in mind that it opens upon request and it’s a tour-only museum.
A Collection of Dolls in Tallinn
The Art Doll House is not for you if ‘Chuckie’ and ‘Annabelle’ gave you nightmares. St. Catherine’s Passage is a much-frequented location in Tallinn, but most people are unaware that one of its buildings – the House of Mauritius, arguably the oldest building in the entire town – is home to a small, queer doll collection. Each one of the dolls on display is different from the next, and all of them bear the signature of world-famous doll makers.
Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb
the Museum of Broken Relationships was first opened in 2006 by two artists who had broken up from a 4-year relationship. It exhibits many items that were left after relationships were broken. Each item represents one relationship & has a story attached to it. It kicked off as a traveling exhibit but quickly became a permanent collection as people started to donate all those objects they wanted to get rid of.
Experience Being Blind in Budapest
The Invisible Exhibition is a permanent exhibition and it’s a unique journey, guided by a blind or partially sighted person, giving an unforgettable insight into their life. The idea of the exhibition came from a German guy, who wanted to experience how his blind wife lives. The tour lasts for 1 hour in total darkness, in 7 different rooms, all representing their daily life.