Have you been to every art museum in your area? Have a season pass to your local science center? Looking for an enriching experience unlike any other you’ve had? Well, then this list is for you. We’ve found 5 museums that focus on weird, unusual or just unlikely things to keep in mind next time you want a unique adventure. None of these in your area? Not to worry, we can help you find the perfect, unusual experience!
- International Cryptozoology Museum – Portland, Maine
Delve into the mysterious and unknown at the International Cryptozoology museum. This museum is dedicated to the study of hidden or unknown animals. Think Bigfoot, sea serpents, etc. Whether you believe in their existence or not, this museum is sure to spark a fun discussion between you and your partner as you explore a variety of research materials and potential evidence of these creatures’ existence. Visit their website.
- Museum of the Weird – Austin, Texas
Who doesn’t love a self-explanatory title? The Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas is a small collection of strange things connected to a gift shop. Inspired by dime museums of the past, this little museum is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the mood for something offbeat! Visit their website.
- National Mustard Museum – Middleton, Wisconsin
Mustard can be a strangely polarizing condiment, but if you’re a fan, be sure to check out this museum! Founded in 1986, this museum is dedicated to collecting specimens of mustard – they’re up to almost 6,000! The best part? It’s all free, even the tasting bar! Visit their website.
- American Sign Museum – Cincinnati, Ohio
Sure, you see signs every day – but we’ll bet you haven’t seen this many in one place! The American Sign Museum is a 20,000 square foot museum featuring signs of all kinds, from all times, whether they’re flashy and neon or more subtle. It’s a fascinating way to explore US history. Visit their website.
- Mystery Castle – Phoenix, Arizona
The Mystery Castle in Phoenix, Arizona has a bit of a bittersweet backstory – a man named Boyce Luther Gully built it for his daughter after discovering he was ill with tuberculosis. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could send for her. She eventually moved in and started giving tours of her beloved castle. She has since passed on as well, but the legacy lives on. The castle has a ton of unique features, and is definitely worth exploring! Visit their website.