The Museum of the Odd – Lawrence, Kansas

Only a few days after I told you about the Museum of Animated Carvings, we’re already back in Kansas. In the town of Lawrence, wanna-be blues musician “Honey Boy” (more like “White Boy”) Walker has filled the first floor of his home with such weird collections, including over 500 sock...

Earth Room by artist Walter De Maria in New York

Earth Room by artist Walter De Maria in New York

I HATE CONCEPTUAL ART! Nothing annoys me more than some rich kid finding a broken chair or bicycle in a dumpster, painting it or something, and then calling it “art”. Thank you, Marcel Duchamp. Anyway, I do give credit to dedicated conceptual artist Walter De Maria. His long-term installation piece,...

Mann Wildlife Learning Museum and Montgomery Zoo

If Ted Nugent ever opens up a museum, expect it to look exactly like the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. Purchased in 2003 by the Montgomery Zoo, the collection of 70 life-size taxidermied animals were trophy kills by world-record-holding bow and arrow hunter George Mann, who sometimes carried them on his...

Utensil Museum in Ahmedabad, India

Do you have a drawer full of barely used utensils? Well, I know I do. Unlike Surendrabhai Patel, I probably won’t display my utensils in a mud hut. But you can’t compare my old, crusty spoons to those from India. We’re talking about real craftsmanship here. Utensil is defined as...

Shankar’s International Dolls Museum

Surprisingly, this blog has not been to India, one of the most populated countries in the world. So of course they have a few interesting museums. New Delhi has several, but one sticks out. Shankar’s International Dolls Museum was founded by a local cartoonist and has a collection of over...

Sudha Cars Museum – Hyderabad, India

India is known for a few odd museums, like that one about toilets. The Sudha Cars Museum is the first and only handmade, crazy car museum in the world. It’s the brainchild of K Sudhakar, known for holding the Guinness World Record Holder for making the world’s largest tricycle. Finally!...

Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri.

Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri.

We interrupt historic house museum week to bring you an important message. For the first and maybe only time ThisBelongsinaMuseum has a guest writer. Even though I once briefly mentioned this place in the early days of the blog, Chicago artist and writer Dmitry Samarov was nice enough to share...

Museum of the Modern Snowglobe in Somerville, Massachusetts

It seems like the perfect time to pay a visit to the Museum of the Modern Snowglobe in Somerville, Massachusetts. It all started in 1997 with a random gift from Philadelphia, now there are nearly 200 items in the collection, with the most recent acquisition coming from the Bronx Zoo....

Franz Gsellmann’s Weltmaschine: the World Machine

In the hills of southern Austria is a farmhouse outbuilding that is home to the Weltmaschine (the World Machine). What is this, you ask? The creator of the machine, Franz Gsellmann, grew up hoping to become an engineer, which never happened because everybody knows dreams don’t come true. But after...

de Young: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

de Young: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

I don’t know what to say…probably makes you not want to have a cup of tea. Seen at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Note with exhibit: “Charles Krafft’s Hitler, Idaho resurrects the image of Adolf Hitler to critique facism and the role of kitsch. The teapot spout and...

Getty Museum – Arthur Tress’ photo series

Getty Museum – Arthur Tress’ photo series

Earlier this year the Getty Museum acquired 66 gelatin silver prints taken by the photographer Arthur Tress from his photo series “The Dream Collector” and “Theater of the Mind”. Beginning his career in the 1960s, Tress originally took ‘straight’ photographs, mostly street scenes, before moving in the direction of surreal,...

Chaffee Barbershop Museum – Elvis Barbershop

There’s Graceland and then there’s the Chaffee Barbershop Museum. Yes, the place where Elvis got his first Army buzz cut is memorialized with a cardboard cutout. Supposedly the widow of the barber who cut the singer’s hair, James Petersen, still has the pair of clippers. Hopefully, she’ll donate it to...

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