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We just had this one on the local news and my first thought is who w9uod go to that? It's a museum dedicated to a street in Denver, Colfax avenue. The claim to fame if I remember my local history correctly is that is the longest continuous street in the US. I have no idea why its history deserves a museum.
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Re: The Museum of Jurassic Technology...one of my favorite exhibits there was a portrait gallery of Russian space dogs.

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is indeed small--it's a 10 minute stop unless you decide to read every single article and watch all the videos.

The Morro Bay Skateboard Museum is pretty cool. I was talking to the curator Jack Smith and discovered that we were teenagers the San Jose area around the same time...but he lived up on Mt. Umunhum where his dad was stationed.
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Blast it, so many of the museums I clicked on this thread to post about have already been metioned - I guess that's a good thing about this message board, right? Let's see...what strange, too-specialized museums have I been to that have yet to be mentioned...?

Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor, Maine

Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss in Springfield, Massachusetts, which does a FANTASTIC job of capturing the spirit of his life and works.

American Clock and Watch Museum and New England Carousel Museum, both in Bristol, Connecticut

Treasures of the Sea Exhibit in Georgetown, Delaware - dedicated to the recovered artifacts of a specific shipwreck

By the same token, there's also the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

I'm sure I can come up with more...I've (thank G-d) had the privilege of doing a LOT of traveling around the United States and Canada.
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The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, NY is actually a very cool little place with an especial focus on early American glassblowing and bottle design. They also have a hot-glass teaching facility if you want to learn how to blow glass yourself.
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Two that aren’t too small, but may be obscure enough for the list. My wife and I liked them both:
The Museum of the Moving Image

The Newseum.

And, one of my favorites (I’ve been twice) - EBR-1.

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St. Louis used to have a bowling museum. About 10 years ago, it was relocated to Arlington, TX. I saw it while visiting St. Louis some years back, and found it quite interesting even though I'm not much of a bowler.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intern...g_Hall_of_Fame

There's a Wizard of Oz museum in Liberal, Kansas. It's part of their county museum.

http://www.dorothyshouse.com/

The first college of chiropractic has a museum, concentrated in the main building but exhibits are scattered throughout the campus. I've been there, and it's very interesting to see how the profession changed over the decades, and especially the participation of women. Let's face it - when it was invented, it was as good as anything. Unfortunately, too many of them still think so.

http://www.palmer.edu/about-us/histo...its-residence/
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There's a sign on a road I sometimes cycle on that says "Rice Museum, next left" or something like that. I've long wondered why there'd be a museum about rice in Hillsboro Oregon, and this thread made me look it up. Of course, it's not about rice, but rather rocks. Kind of humdrum for this thread, though.
I went to a place that claimed to be a "Museum of Famous Rocks" in a park near Nanjing, China. It was actually more like a small collection of somewhat unusual-looking rocks.
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I went to a place that claimed to be a "Museum of Famous Rocks" in a park near Nanjing, China. It was actually more like a small collection of somewhat unusual-looking rocks.
Ooh, that reminds me:

The Japanese Museum of Rocks that Look Like Faces...including one that looks like Elvis!
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Once, as I was walking in San Francisco on my way to the Cartoon Art Museum, I passed a temporary exhibit of The San Francisco That Never Was (paraphrased). It was a collection of models and drawings of proposed buildings and other developments that had never been approved, never gotten funding, or otherwise never gotten built in San Francisco. I really wanted to see it, but it wasn't open yet and once we were done with the CAM, we absolutely had to go the the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium is definitely not too specialized.
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I don't know if it's still there, but there used to be a lightbulb museum in Baltimore.
I recently went past the firehouse museum, also in Baltimore.
The state fairgrounds in Timonium Md has a small museum dedicated to the history of the MD state fair.

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I have heard of the Icelandic penis museum, but I have gone past the Cromwell Doll Museum. Outside there is a sign. It says "DOLL MUSEUM".
In Lafayette, you can visit Marquis' Dolls Museum and Restoration, as well as the J.H. Rathbone Museum, which is dedicated to the history of the Knights of Pythias specifically and fraternal organizations generally.
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Torrington, AB Gopher Hole Museum.

“Life in Torrington is as diverse and as interesting as the gophers and humans who populate this land.”
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Tea Pot Museum

I guess it's not really strange -- some people like tea pots. And collect them. And you can sit down and have a nice cup of tea there. But it's just tea pots. If you don't care about tea pots...... you're just SOL.

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I live quite close to the V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection, which reportedly is a fabulous museum devoted entirely to tubas.
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Two that come to mind that I've been to are the Penis Museum in Reykjavik (with a HIGHLY amused 9-year old boy in tow) and the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.
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One of my hobbies is visiting very specific museums. I've been to five different Cheese Museums (in Menorca, Spain, Cornwall, Belgium and possibly another one that's sort of blended in to the others).

Port Talbot, Wales, has the Baked Bean Museum of Excellence. https://captainbeany.com/baked-bean-...of-excellence/

Greenwich, London, has the Fan Museum (it's well worth a visit)

Balham, London, has the Sewing Machine Museum - just gorgeous

There used to be a Guild of Clockmakers' Museum in the City of London, and it was such a chilled out and otherworldly place to visit, particularly on the hour, just you, a couple of other visitors, and dozens of chiming clocks

London has a lot of medical museums. Every major hospital has one, and there's one for Anaesthesia, https://www.visitlondon.com/things-t...sthesia-museum There's a dental museum, a herb museum, everything really. http://medicalmuseums.org/

There are also museums for every major Army regiment, like the Horseguards Museum.

West Wycombe, England, used to have a chair museum. I saw the sign on the road and literally turned round and demanded we go there right that moment. Another closed one was the Clown Museum in London (an incredibly sad place to visit). The Canal Museum, also in London, probably counts as obscure enough for some of you, though to me it's pretty mainstream.

Amsterdam is pretty good for obscure museums, too. The Katten Kabinet is exactly what you might think it is. The Museum of Bags and Purses, the Hemp Museum, and oh I just remembered where the fifth Cheese Museum I've been to was.

There's a Dog Collar Museum in Kent I still haven't been to. I also haven't made it to the Lawnmower Museum or the Pencil Museum in Cumbria.

I've volunteered for the East London Women's Museum.

There are probably lots of others I've been to that some of you would consider strange. I always find it a really good way of learning about a topic, because you get in depth, it's usually personal and owned by one person, and staffed by volunteers who know their subject really well and can be enjoyably eccentric. So it's an insight into enthusiasts's minds, as well as the subject itself.

If I ever win the lottery, one of my dreams is to open a Dog Museum, and situate it on the Isle of Dogs near where I live in London. Isle of Dogs sounds a lot like I Love Dogs so I anticipate lots of merchandising opportunities.
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There's a very tiny "museum" under The Centennial Light in Livermore, Ca. Still burning after 118 years.
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There is the Pianola Museum in Amsterdam.

https://www.pianola.nl/Pianola_Museum/Welcome.html

A truly fascinating place, looked after by two lovely old people.
I was there last year and enjoyed it immensely.
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There's a very tiny "museum" under The Centennial Light in Livermore, Ca. Still burning after 118 years.
That reminds me.

There's a tiny museum to Thomas Edison at Menlo Park. It's quite good, though, and the docent we had (the only guy there) was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
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If I ever win the lottery, one of my dreams is to open a Dog Museum, and situate it on the Isle of Dogs near where I live in London. Isle of Dogs sounds a lot like I Love Dogs so I anticipate lots of merchandising opportunities.
Many people have tried that, but they have all been dogged by bad luck.
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The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, which consists mainly of old neon hotel and casino signs
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Just found out there's a Museum of Hoaxes in San Diego. They also have a blog. Here's the post for an April Fool's joke that required a three year delay.
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Amsterdam (where else?) has both a Sex Museum and an Erotic Museum.
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I love old neon signs and would totally love to go to that museum.
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Two that aren’t too small, but may be obscure enough for the list. My wife and I liked them both:
The Museum of the Moving Image

The Newseum.

And, one of my favorites (I’ve been twice) - EBR-1.
Newseum is wonderful, with great exhibits about history, culture and communications. Their cafeteria is very good too with an excellent mac & cheese.

And a really specialized museum is The Little Prince museum in Hakone, Japan, dedicated to the character in the story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I was a few blocks away from it but didn't have time to visit:
http://www.tbs.co.jp/l-prince/en/
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Amsterdam (where else?) has both a Sex Museum and an Erotic Museum.
Hey, I was at the Sex Museum about 25 years ago. My girlfriend and I intended to visit the Van Gogh Museum, but we hadn't much time and the queue at the entry was a mile long, so we settled for the Sex Museum . It was small, but fun. I wonder how much it has changed.

My then girlfriend and me finally caught up on the Van Gogh Museum last year. It's...a tad better (really, it's wonderful)
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New York, for one. We have the Museum of Sex.
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I nominate the Styrofoam Cup Museum in White, Georgia.
It's located inside Old Car City, a museum itself which is acres of old cars, that is now a poplular place to take pictures of old cars; when reality it used to be a salvage yard (I think). https://www.oldcarcityusa.com/

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I have visited the Keswick pencil museum, as a child. I can't remember much about it, if I'm honest.
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Technically The Mustard Museum is in Middleton, not Madison. Separate towns (though they've grown out to each other these days).
Last time I went there it was in Mount Horeb...guess it's been a few years.
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That reminds me.

There's a tiny museum to Thomas Edison at Menlo Park. It's quite good, though, and the docent we had (the only guy there) was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
There's also an Edison Museum in West Orange, where he moved after Menlo Park. It's a national park, and has all sorts of cool Edison stuff. I really should visit more often than I do, it's basically 5 minutes from my house.
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There's also an Edison Museum in West Orange, where he moved after Menlo Park. It's a national park, and has all sorts of cool Edison stuff. I really should visit more often than I do, it's basically 5 minutes from my house.
And then there's Edison's old workshop etc. (including Edison's last breath) at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village museum, just a wee bit outside NJ.
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The Stoogeum is a Three Stooges museum. Its near me but I've never been there.

https://stoogeum.com/
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In Schiedam, in the Netherlands, there's a Museum of Gin, or at least, the Dutch "jenever"

It even has an escape room....!

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If I ever win the lottery, one of my dreams is to open a Dog Museum, and situate it on the Isle of Dogs near where I live in London. Isle of Dogs sounds a lot like I Love Dogs so I anticipate lots of merchandising opportunities.
I love this!
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And then there's Edison's old workshop etc. (including Edison's last breath) at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village museum, just a wee bit outside NJ.
That was actually pretty cool...one of the more memorable "exhibits" there. I liked the Wright brothers' Dayton house, too.
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There's a surfing museum -- a much bigger one -- in Huntington Beach (i.e. Surf City).
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One of the coolest museums in the Bay Area used to be the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation, which featured something like 200 tanks, jeeps, gun platforms, rocket launchers and the like. Sadly the collection was sold off and the vehicles ended up with various different museums and owners.
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There is the Pianola Museum in Amsterdam.

https://www.pianola.nl/Pianola_Museum/Welcome.html
I'll see your Pianola Museum and raise you the Museum Speelklok or automatic-musical-instruments museum in nearby Utrecht.
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The Antique Vibrator Museum, antiquevibratormuseum.com in Good Vibrations in San Francisco.
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I'll see your Pianola Museum and raise you the Museum Speelklok or automatic-musical-instruments museum in nearby Utrecht.
The Speelklok is one of my favourite places. They do guided tours demonstrating different automata, and ending up at a dance floor surrounded by HUGE dance-hall organs playing boogie-woogie.

http://autolycus-london.blogspot.com/2013/01/over-years-street-organs-seemed-to-have.html
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Tea Pot Museum

I guess it's not really strange -- some people like tea pots. And collect them. And you can sit down and have a nice cup of tea there. But it's just tea pots. If you don't care about tea pots...... you're just SOL.
In the same spirit; not an actual museum on actual premises -- but something I recently came upon by chance:

https://www.telegraphpoleappreciationsociety.org

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Re Spam Museum in Minnesota - We had a great time there (of course, we like obscure stuff and have been known to recite the Monty Python spam skit at inappropriate moments). History of can types (remember the key version?), video of old spam ads, huge variety of spam to try (teriyaki spam was ghastly). Best part was the gift shop where you could get both generic and Monty Python spam t-shirts, towels, cups, plates and various other "useful" things. I keep my pencils in a children's sized mug that says "My First Spam Cup" and am often amused wondering at what age one gets a second or third one...
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Intercourse, PA used to have a Knife and Edged Weapons Museum. Now they have the American Military Edged Weaponry Museum, which I assume is the same place. An odd addition to Amish country.
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Prague, when I visited 7 or 8 years ago, had a Comics Art Museum, featuring one artist's work. I never heard of him, but apparently he was paralyzed or rendered comatose by swallowing a fish bone and the museum's gate money contributes to his hospital bills.
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The museum itself isn't unusual in its subject, but many people visiting El Greco's house in Toledo are surprised by just how many not-so-different "Holy Family" and "Holy Family with Saint Anne" does it have. Apparently "self-portrait with my wife, son (and mother-in-law)" was a subject which sold very well so long as you marketed it right

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I just got back from a two week vacation in Greece. In Kalambaka, near Meteora, I visited the Natural History and Mushroom Museum (emphasis on the mushroom part).
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The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas? Really cool exhibits including a 1950's (inert obviously) atomic bomb.
https://nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/
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