The Weirdest Museums in the World

By Rachel
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When you think about the word “museum,” certain images might come to mind: ancient artifacts encased in glass. Fancy art displays. Pristine, white walls. Certainly not a collection of ventriloquist dummies that look like presidents, or a room full of rocks that vaguely resemble faces.

As it turns out, while esteemed art and history museums have a reputation for all things prim and proper, there’s a hidden world full of oddball institutions inspired by people’s wacky passions and weird dreams. As you’re about to witness, these small but mighty specialty museums come in all shapes and sizes. From many a strange collection or offbeat hobby, niche museums are born, all thanks to a little bit of charisma and plenty of square footage.

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