It’s international museum week, which means that almost every blog out there is profiling great museums, like The Louvre, The Egyptian Museum, and more! In fact we’ve already done that, so keeping with the tradition of bringing you oddities, we present the weird museums that we found compelling this week.
The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In a list of oddities, the Mütter Museum is usually a strong lead. Let’s put it this way; it’s probably a strange and inadvisable place for a first date.
The Mütter Museum is one of the largest anatomical museums in the world, and has been creeping out Philly area schoolchildren for over a century. With a huge collection of skeletons and skulls, you can be sure that sleep is one thing that won’t be happening after a visit.
Still, if the Mütter Museum were just skeletons and skulls, it wouldn’t make this list, however, the museum has a few more curiosities that make it worthwhile. The Mütter Museum is one of two places that you can see a piece of Albert Einstein’s brain! Also, the Mütter Museum has a collection of anatomically “different” skeletons and oddities, including the skeletons of conjoined twins.
The Cryptozoology Museum, Portland, Maine
Cryptozoology is the study of creatures that may or may not exist, and is often considered to be a pseudo science. That said, when Portlanders aren’t too busy spearing twenty pound lobsters, or whatever they do up there, they’re probably hunting for Bigfoot.
Proving that Maine is definitely the state that Stephen King is from, the Cryptozoology museum tries to answer key questions like, “did humans ever have to fight giant beavers” and “is Bigfoot related to the Yeti.”
The International UFO Museum, Roswell, New Mexico
The setting of the world’s most famous weather balloon crash, or government cover-up depending on who you ask, naturally has a museum dedicated to UFOs. For the uninitiated, a UFO allegedly crashed in the desert in Roswell in 1947, which the US Government quickly dismissed as a weather balloon crash. While the truth probably exists somewhere in between “mundane weather balloon incident” and “Battlestar Galactica” it’s not too hard to suss out the International UFO Museum’s narrative.
Whatever you may think about the Roswell crash, the International UFO Museum will make sure to walk you through the logic that begins, “big thing crashes in the desert” and ends with “War of the Worlds.”