Sure, the Museum of Broken Relationships sounds pretty bleak. Endless stories of heartbreak, told through a small note alongside a single object, from wedding rings to an axe used to destroy a partner’s furniture; there are certainly cheerier museums. But the tales of the MBR are also totally transfixing. And while some exhibits may be downbeat, others are fond reflections on love lost. Do you have anything you might like to add to the collection?
What would you put in your museum? Soviet stamps, football stickers, grunge-rock memorabilia? Those are the best kinds of gallery: the ones where an all-consuming passion for something random gets the same treatment (glass cabinets, spotlights and all) that museums across the globe give historic artefacts and world-renowned masterpieces.
And let’s be honest: the weirder, the better. Sometimes when you want a cultural day out, places like the Louvre and Prado don’t quite cut it – they’re good, obviously, but you wouldn’t necessarily want to tell everyone you know about a trip there straightaway. Not weird enough. But do a little research, and you’ll find plenty of places out there that will make you immediately reach for your camera to photograph everything you see.
The Avanos Hair Museum in Turkey, the Bread Museum in Germany, the Cup Noodles Museum in Japan: all very bizarre, and all the product of an individual’s passion for a particular subject. Those are just three of the 15 brilliant weird and alternative museums we’ve included in this world-spanning round-up. Read on to discover more – and plan your next freaky AF day out.