The Micro Museum – Mµseum, Somerville, Massachusetts

The Micro Museum – Mµseum, Somerville, Massachusetts

It looks like the Red Telephone Box Museum, Musée-Placard d’Erik Satie, Museum of Drawers, and Edgar’s Closet now have some competition for the “World’s Tiniest Museum” title. Located in Somerville, the gallery for Mµseum (the funny-looking “u” is a play on the Greek letter, which basically means “micro”)— also called...

Deutsches Currywurst Museum, Berlin

You’d think Germany’s most popular snack food (eaten about 800 million times per year) is worthy of its own museum. Don’t worry. It’s got one. In case you haven’t been to Germany, well, currywurst is basically hot pork sausage covered in a spicy curry sauce. At the Currywurst Museum you...

The Voyage to Charles Darwin’s House, England

For historic house museum week, we begin with a memorable one, well, at least for me. Why? Because when you’re a postgrad student, you’ll do just about anything to get that degree. A special exhibit nearing the end of its run happened to be the main topic of my friend’s...

Salvation Mountain – Slab City, California

Salvation Mountain – Slab City, California

Yesterday’s alien abduction post went over like a lead balloon, so let me redeem my sins with a visit to Salvation Mountain. Located on a hill north of Slab City, California, just several miles from the Salton Sea, this art installation was created by local resident Leonard Knight, who found...

Chris Burden’s kinetic sculpture Metropolis II

Chris Burden’s kinetic sculpture Metropolis II

It took four years but “U.S. artist Chris Burden has created a dizzying urban trip with his kinetic sculpture ‘Metropolis II’, composed of plastic roadways, toy train tracks, erector sets, legos and blocks. More than a thousand miniature toy cars zip through the model city at 230-scale miles per hour....

The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, Japan

The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is devoted to what else…the Japanese ramen noodle soup and features a large recreation of Tokyo in 1958, the year instant noodles were invented. Within the museum there are branches of famous restaurants as well as new ones. I don’t eat the stuff, but poor college...

Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts

Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts

Because I’m a huge dork, I’m currently reading (for fun) King, Kaiser, Tsar so let’s just say I’ve got Russia on my mind. And what a surprise it was for me to learn that a museum dedicated to the religious artworks of the Eastern Orthodox Church exists in the United...

Oatmeal Festival, Bertram, Texas

In graduate school I had a friend who ate nothing but oatmeal because he claimed he was fat and this was the only way he could lose weight. In somewhat unrelated news, I gained, like, 40 pounds while I was in grad school so maybe I should have followed his...

Turkey’s first ice museum, Istanbul

In this global economy times are bleak so empty malls around the world from the United States to Europe are being turned into museums. One such development is the Forum Istanbul, a former shopping mall, now home to Turkey’s first ice museum. What a great way to escape from the...

Boll Weevil Monument In Enterprise, Alabama

In Enterprise, Alabama one will find a Wal-Mart (of course) and all the things associated with a small southern town. But there’s more than just chain stores and the like, this is also the home of the Boll Weevil Monument as well as the Boll Weevil Inn, a street called...

Mütter Museum, College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Mütter Museum started in 1858 with the medical research collection of Dr. Thomas Mütter. Known for oddities, specimens, wax models and antique medical instruments; it also includes well-known displays of the tallest skeleton, the liver of conjoined twins Chang and Eng...

America’s Only Hand Fan Museum, Healdsburg, California

Believe it or not, we’ve covered a Fan Museum here on the old blog once before, but we forgot the U.S. has one too. Yes, England has some competition in the hand fan department from Healdsburg, California. Located in a small room in the H2 Hotel, America’s Only Hand Fan...

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