National Museum of Funeral History, Houston, Texas

We continue our guest posts with a visit to a funeral museum, which isn’t unusual for this blog as some of you well know. This Belongs in a Museum has taken you to Toland-Herzig Funeral Home’s Famous Endings Museum, Austria's Undertakers’ Museum, the now closed Museum of Funeral Customs, the...

Japan’s Ceramic Land theme park

Aug 10 in 1793, the Musée du Louvre (otherwise known as “Hey, let’s go to that Louv-ra place”, said by some American tourist) officially opened in Paris, becoming one of the world’s first museums. This tumblr likes weird things, so instead of focusing on the real Louvre like everyone else,...

Jewish Museum, Berlin, Germany

Jan 27, known as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. One of the most memorable museum experiences I had on a trip to Berlin five years ago was visiting the Jewish Museum. Over the last twenty years there...

Nonseum, Austria

Just an hour’s drive from Vienna is the small village of Herrnbaumgarten. Located near the Czech border and next to the wine village of Poysdorf (did someone say wine?) many people view this town in Lower Austria as a quirky place. Travel groups from Asia and other parts of Europe...

Leprosy Museum, Norway

Affecting humans for 4,000 years, leprosy is not a pretty sight. St. Jorgen’s Hospital in Norway is one of world’s oldest medical institutions, establishing itself in the Middle Ages to treat lepers. Between 1850 and 1900 Bergen was the international capital of leprosy, with three hospitals and the largest concentration...

Handel House in London

The tiny Musée de la Prohibition is housed, appropriately enough, near the bar in Hotel Robert at Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, a tiny group of islands belonging to France but lying off the coast of Newfoundland. During prohibition in the U.S., Saint-Pierre was a staging point for rum-runners, mostly the Mafia. A hat...

Faceless Corporate Goddesses in San Francisco

Faceless Corporate Goddesses in San Francisco

I doubt anyone will disagree (except the Walmart family) that there is nothing scarier than an evil corporation. But what about faceless corporate goddesses? Sitting atop a Philip Johnson-designed office building on the corner of Kearny and California Streets in San Francisco, twelve ghostly statues, wrapped in long cloth garments,...

Mystery Park in Switzerland

On the outskirts of Interlaken, a resort town in Switzerland, is Mystery Park, a museum/amusement park dedicated to the great “mysteries” of the world. The park was designed by Erich von Däniken, who believes that alien astronauts not only inspired the Egyptian and Mesoamerican pyramids but had their hands in...

World’s Largest Toothpaste Collection

One might jump to the assumption that the only person crazy enough to collect over 1,800 tubes of toothpaste would be a dentist — and guess what? You’re right. At the moment, the only guy to have such a collection is, in fact, a dentist named Dr. Val Kolpakov from...

Museum of Endangered Sounds

Museum of Endangered Sounds. SaveTheSounds is an online gallery of the sounds of yesterday - including your favorites like the AOL dial up, Pac Man and more. As my friend Mark (who sent this to me) said, “it’s not necessarily nostalgia, but a recognition of things that are slipping away…...

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