May 18 is National Museum Day, and in honor of such an educational day, we’re taking a look at some museums that seek to enlighten visitors about the stranger side of life. Museums that don’t fit the mold, and certainly don’t book many school field trips…
The Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA
Like all great museums, MOBA was founded in the basement of a private home in Boston, Massachusetts in 1993. Now with two locations, one in the basement of the Dedham Community Theatre just outside of Boston, and the other in the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA, this museum is a must-see for anyone in the New England area that cares about really bad art.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum
Yeah, this one is exactly what it sounds like. The Icelandic Phallological Museum is just a scientific sounding name for The Dick Hall of Fame. They boast of being “the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country.” With a collection of over 215 dicks, and the future forever home of Jonah Falcon’s record breaking penis (link NSFW), dick enthusiasts the world over can get their rocks off here.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
Again, not much subtlety here, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is dedicated to, in the words of its founder Bindeshwar Pathak, “a part of the history of human hygiene which is a critical chapter in the growth of civilization.” Tour the evolution of toilets, stop by the gift shop to pick up a book on toilets, just please, for the love of all that’s holy, don’t sit on any of the display
The Museum of Broken Relationships
One of the only truly interactive museums in the world, Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships allows anyone to contribute their own artifacts. “Unlike ‘destructive’ self-help instructions for recovery from failed loves, the Museum offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the Museum’s collection.”
The Liberace Museum
Though it’s closed now, The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas was unlike any other museum dedicated to a single person if for no other reason than Lee himself created the museum before he died. The museum opened in 1979 and closed in October 2010, and took up two buildings featuring his most luxurious wardrobes, jewelry, cars, and of course, pianos. Vegas Now was able to shoot a video tour of the museum five months before it shut its doors forever.