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Kauffman Museum

Kauffman Museum

DEAD BIRD MUSEUM Verso: “Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Kauffman in the lobby of the Kauffman Museum, North Newton, Kansas. The entire museum is a reflection of the Kauffmans, creators and directors of the museum.” The Kauffmans’ original collection is now part of a greatly enlarged Kauffman Museum that is...

Cyclorama of Jerusalem

Cyclorama of Jerusalem

This 1950s photograph shows the Cyclorama of Jerusalem, which has been on display in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré in Quebec since 1895. The place has a long and interesting history. One of the world’s largest circular paintings at 14 meters in height and 110 meters in circumference, the work was created by the...

Wooden Nickel Historical Museum in San Antonio, Texas

Wooden Nickel Historical Museum in San Antonio, Texas

The Wooden Nickel Historical Museum in San Antonio, Texas has the world’s oldest as well as the world’s largest wooden nickels - 13 feet, 4 inches in diameter and weighing 2,500 pounds. Wooden nickels were most commonly issued in the U.S. in the 1930s after the Great Depression. If you...

Von World Pens Hall

Von World Pens Hall

Our first visit to the country of Cyprus, I think. The Von World Pens Hall is a museum dedicated to…yeah, you’ll never guess…the history of pens. In the Internet age, actual writing instruments are slowly disappearing from our lives. If you’re not a student forced to practice cursive or take...

Chiesa dei Morti – Church of the Dead, Urbania, Italy

Chiesa dei Morti – Church of the Dead, Urbania, Italy

This next one isn’t necessarily a museum, but it’s definitely an interesting historical place to visit if you ever find yourself in Urbania, Italy. Well, it’s, like, the only attraction in town but don’t let that stop you. Since 1833, eighteen mummies from the Medieval period stand in individual glass...

Obsolete Computer Museum

Obsolete Computer Museum

Tom Copper’s exhibit at the Obsolete Computer Museum? This about sums it up: “My crappy host lost the database that powered the Museum. I’ve reverted back to the old static site. In case it isn’t obvious, the Obsolete Computer Museum is, itself, obsolete. Enjoy is as a chunk of history.”

Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville

Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville

Apparently the Marx Toy Museum in Moundsville, West Virginia has nothing to do with Karl Marx, which might be disappointing for someone like Rush Limbaugh (or maybe not?). It is actually named after Louis Marx, who founded the toy manufacturing company in 1919 until it officially went bankrupt in 1980....

Grūtas Park, Lithuania

Grūtas Park, Lithuania

Some of the world’s first museums opened as outdoor recreations of the past. King Oscar II’s collection of ten buildings showing the evolution of traditional Norwegian building types was the world’s first open-air museum when it opened in 1881. It still exists in pretty much the same form as part...

The Alabama Band Fan Club and Museum

The Alabama Band Fan Club and Museum

I don’t know anything about Alabama, both the band and the state; and apparently nobody else does either. Maybe that’s not entirely true. After all, the band had 30 number one hits on the country charts and sold over 73 million records. They sound so popular. Hey, maybe they should...

Lucy-Desi Museum, New York

Lucy-Desi Museum, New York

I couldn’t possibly let this weekend end without mentioning the Lucy-Desi Museum. Located in Luci’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, the museum had “Lucy Week” in honor of Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday. There were tour buses full of fanny pack-wearing tourists ready for fun fun fun! Ai-yai-yai-yai-yai! That fun included...

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