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Once called the "Stephen Fry of Museum Blogging," this tumblog, written by a frustrated museologist, is dedicated to the small, random museums and weird attractions of the world. Always informative, usually funny, sometimes offensive.

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The Japanese Rural Toy Museum, founded in 1967, is hidden behind a bunch of old warehouses in the back alleys of Kurashiki. Hundreds of handmade and antique toys from different parts of Japan are displayed in four rooms of a converted rice storehouse, including over 200 kites plus bells and whistles, miniature floats, antique Japanese dolls and masks, traditional Kurashiki Hariko (hand-painted papier-mache figurines), and spinning tops. The museum’s owner Ohga Hiroyuki is actually in the Guinness World Book of Records for spinning a giant top for 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 57 seconds in 1983. Unfortunately, the record has since been broken by someone else, using a custom-made top Ohga had designed. But if you ask, he will do a little demonstration for you. Of course not for over an hour. You can also purchase a toy of your own in the attached shop, which sells regional toys, crafts and artwork.

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Once upon a time I told you guys about the Paint By Number Museum, an online archive of over 6,000 paint by number artworks dating back to the 1950s. In 2008 a private collector in Massachusetts began buying pieces from eBay and other American collectors to create his archive. In the collection is a Mork & Mindy kit series, created in 1979 by Craft Master, which includes “Orkan Handshake,” “Earth Delicacy,” and “Sitting Ork Style”.

The goal of this blog is to cover every known Miniatures Museum in existence. And there are more than you might think from the Museu De Miniatures in Besalú and the Museum of Miniatures in Prague to Zarifa Salahova’s collection of miniature edition books in Azerbaijan and the Carromato de Max in Mijas. Then there are the 105 models of historic buildings at Miniatürk. And because Spain wants to win the title of “country with the most Miniature Museums”, let’s not forget the 23 mini-historical scenes on display at the Jaca Citadel Military Miniatures Museum. But we have another one to add to the list. The Miniatures Museum of Taiwan was the first museum to collect and display miniatures in Asia when it opened in 1997. Located inside the basement of an office building, the museum’s collection of over 200 items includes small scale rooms and scenes, like a mini-Buckingham palace and a teeny tiny nighttime market in Japan. Visitors also get a little passport stamped with all the places they see while “traveling” around the exhibit.