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Take A Peek Inside The 12 Most Fascinating Museums In The World

MUSA Mexico / Patrick Reddy, The Cincinnati Enquirer

For anyone who has a love for learning, museums are the perfect institutions to increase their knowledge on a broad collection of different subjects.

However, not every museum is dedicated to art, history, or science, but rather more obscure topics that the average person might not actively search for.

But, when the situation presents itself, who wouldn't be curious to find out more about ventriloquists, mummies and spies?

If you're looking to be entertained while expanding your of knowledge of an assortment of peculiar subjects, now's your chance by taking a look inside the 12 most fascinating museums from around the world.

1. Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center - Baraboo, Wisconsin

Although there's a significant amount of people in the world who have a fear of clowns, if you're a fan of these comedic performers, the Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center is just for you.

This institution is dedicated to preserving both the history and the achievements of the most outstanding clowns from across the world. Along with seeing pictures and artifacts from these jokesters, the museum also features special events for visitors, including live performances.  

2. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum - Japan

If you've ever had a bowl of ramen noodles, you'll know the delicious soup doesn't get as much credit as it deserves.

This Japanese museum was built to honor Momofuku Ando, the creator of this dish who strived to make an affordable meal for the impoverished following World War II.

Not only does the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum feature every Nissin instant noodle product ever created, but visitors are allowed to make their own ramen in the institution's public kitchen, along with designing its unique packaging.

3. Museum of Enduring Beauty - Malaysia

Even though we all have our different standards of beauty, that doesn't mean we should point our noses down on others we don't find attractive. In Malaysia, the Museum of Enduring Beauty shows the extent of what people in varying cultures do to be considered "pretty."

This institution features beauty trends from ancient times to ones that are still popular to this day. These include bound feet, the insertion of round disks into mouths, and neck rings.

4. Cancun Underwater Museum - Mexico

If you know how to swim, you need to visit the Cancun Underwater Museum in Mexico. This institution is completely underwater and has more than 500 sculptures on the sea floor.

The pieces of art doubles as an artificial reef that helps promote the growth of natural coral in the sea. Guests can see these beautiful sculptures by either scuba diving, snorkeling, or looking through the bottom of a glass boat.  

5. International Spy Museum - Washington D.C.

If you like the James Bond movies, you'll love the International Spy Museum.

This institution has the world's largest collection of espionage artifacts that have been used throughout history. The tactical gear includes mini cameras, counterfeit money, disguised weapons, and cipher machines that real agents used while working the coveted job.

If that wasn't exciting enough, visitors have the opportunity to participate in an interactive spy adventure, which includes spending time stifling through historic photographs and video interviews.

6.The Dog Collar Museum - England

They say a dog is a man's best friend, so what is a better way to honor our canine companions than having a museum dedicated to their dog collars?

While there are several ways to make your furry friend an adorable collar, this museum at Leeds Castle has more than 100 collars and other accessories for your pooch. This collection has items dating back to the 15th century, including a collar with spikes to fend off any predators.

7. The Mummy Museum - Mexico

If you're squeamish around dead bodies, the Mummy Museum in Mexico is not for you.

In the mid-19th century, a significant number of families weren't able to afford burial fees for their loved ones, resulting in the bodies being put in crypts and eventually exhumed.

These bodies were naturally mummified - most likely due to the country's hot and dry climate. Now more than 100 of the skeletons are put on display, which include the bodies of infants to seniors.

8. Museum of Broken Relationships - Croatia

Unless you're in the small minority of people who've only ever been in one relationship, you've faced the devastation of a breakup, and chances are at least one of them got ugly.

However, if you ever visit Croatia, the Museum of Broken Relationships is the perfect spot to mend your broken heart - or at least wallow in self-pity with others who are going through the same thing.

This unique museum accepts donations from individuals who want to rid themselves of a piece of memorabilia that reminds them of their former partner. They add a description of how long the relationship lasted and why their submission holds such significance.

9. Museum of Bad Art - Massachusetts

With thousands of beautiful pieces of art in the world, it's not surprising that there's a higher number of bad ones.

But that doesn't mean they shouldn't be celebrated either. In the Museum of Bad Art, there are more than 600 pieces of less than desirable paintings, sketches, and the like. Only pieces that are exceptionally unpleasant are accepted into the exhibits. This institution is a perfect reminder to the public that anyone can be an artist, regardless of their talent.

10. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets - India

Toilets may not be the most glamorous purchase when buying a house, but it's one of the most necessary.

The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in India knows this to be true, and is filled with toilets dating back all the way to 2500 B.C. Time Magazine has ranked this institution as one of the weirdest museums in the world, due to its massive amount of toilets, including gold-plated ones used by Roman emperors and medieval commodes.

Not only does this museum show the evolution of toilets and sanitary practices. The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is the perfect place to visit if you have a love for both cleanliness and objects to empty your bowels in.

11. Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum - Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

If you don't think ventriloquists are an immensely enjoyable hobby, you need to take a trip to the Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum in Kentucky.

This institution features more than 800 dummies, photos, playbills, and historical books belonging to William Shakespeare Berger, who started his collection in 1910.

If that's not enough to convince you to check this museum out, it also hosts ConVENTion, an annual gathering of professional ventriloquists and admirers from around the world.

12. Museum of Food Anomalies - Online

Since not everyone has the opportunity to travel and explore some of the world's most fascinating tourist attractions, the Museum of Food Anomalies is available to view from the comfort of your home.

It's an online exhibition of malformed foods, founded by Los Angeles-based graphic designer, Michael Hanttula, and already features hundreds of pictures. Anyone can submit their "photographs depicting common food items that have distorted into something more sinister than words can describe."

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[H/T: CNN, List 25, National Geographic]

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