Music Box Museum in Wiscasset, Maine

Happy Boxing Day! In some parts of the world, this is like a second Christmas. Its origins supposedly come from the practice of giving “Christmas boxes” of money or presents to the poor. Unfortunately, we do not have a Boxing Day Museum, but there is a Music Box Museum in...

Digital Snow Museum

Digital Snow Museum

Here’s a pic of wintry Seattle back in 1880. It’s from the Digital Snow Museum (yep, there’s such a thing).

Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum in Jupiter, Florida

Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum in Jupiter, Florida

I can’t think of a better way to lighten the mood than with a visit to the Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum in Jupiter, Florida. Besides all the endless fan paintings, there’s autographed pictures, personalized notes, movie posters, honorary sheriff’s badges, Burt’s horse carriage made by Dolly Parton, Burt’s baby...

Ancient Egyptian Art from the British Museum

Ancient Egyptian Art from the British Museum

Here’s a postcard of Ancient Egyptian Art from the British Museum. Enjoy! I apologize again for not posting much on this blog. I promise things will be back to normal soon and I’ll be writing more about some of my favorite museums. “These flat-backed glazed composition amuletic figures of the...

“Gates of Hell” in Turkmenistan

Ever since I started this blog, I have made sorry attempts to highlight a spooky museum or weird collection/site during the month of October. It begins with promise, but then ends miserably. Well, this time I am really going to try to cover some strange and unusual places every weekday....

Kazoo Museum

Not only does the world have more than one museum dedicated to the kazoo, but several famous musicians have used the instrument in song. The Beatles, Wilco, Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Cheap Trick and Portishead…just to name a few. In case you don’t already know, a...

Hard Day’s Nite Bed and Breakfast – Benton, Illinois

If you’re a Beatles fanatic (or at least obsessed with George Harrison), then let me tell you about the small town of Benton, Illinois. Why, you ask? Well, George’s sister Louise left her then home of Inverness, Scotland in 1956 with her miner husband and two small children for Canada,...

Old Umbrella Shop of Launceston

Once upon a time a man from Seattle (who just happened to be a tourist visiting Chicago) told me that only tourists use umbrellas in rainy places. Considering I once lived in one of the rainiest cities in Great Britain, I beg to differ. A good umbrella is key, as...

Supreme Burgrave’s House collection, Prague

This Christmas post was in my queue and I forgot to post it on the big day. But I think it works quite well with this week’s “miniature” theme. This 100-year-old doll cat quartet is part of the Supreme Burgrave’s House collection, which is located in Prague Castle. The historical...

Root Beer Saloon, Alto Pass, Illinois

Not quite a museum, but more like a collection of some long dead hoarder, the World’s First (like there would be more than one?) Root Beer Saloon is a must-see if you like lots of stuff and are anywhere near Alto Pass, Illinois (highly unlikely, but you never know). Entering...

Art Car Museum, Houston, Texas

Art Car Museum, Houston, Texas

There are art museums and there are car museums. But what about an art car museum? Even though a light rail system opened about a decade ago, Houston has always loved automobiles of all kinds, largely due to the lack of real public transportation and urban sprawl in this Texan...

Prairie Museum in Sheldon, Iowa

Even though I’m in the midst of planning an architecture-related summer road trip through Iowa only a dork like me would be excited about, I can’t imagine traveling all the way there just to see an Exotic Dirt Collection. Yep, at the Prairie Museum in Sheldon, Iowa, which is located...

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