Museums: So Much More Than Just Art

By: Annie Sparks
Museums: So Much More Than Just Art

When most people think of museums, their first thought is probably art. Paintings, sculptures, photography—these are the things that often come to mind when we hear the word “museum”. But what if I told you there was so much more to museums than just art? That’s right, there are museums out there devoted to just about everything imaginable! Let’s take a look at some of the weird and wonderful places that exist outside the traditional art museum (Like the 10 World-Famous Museums).

The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA)

For all those who have ever been told that their artwork is bad and should never be shown in public – this one’s for you! Located in Boston, MOBA is dedicated solely to displaying works of art that are not only considered bad by most conventional standards, but also by the artists themselves. From distorted landscapes painted on velvet to abstract interpretations of famous works of art gone awry – these pieces are guaranteed to make you laugh and appreciate your own artistic endeavors (no matter how bad they may be).

The Mütter Museum

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Mütter Museum houses a collection of medical oddities, anatomical specimens, and various medical instruments from centuries past. It was founded in 1858 with the mission of educating future generations on human anatomy and health. Some notable items housed in this museum include a slice of Albert Einstein’s brain tissue and a wall full of skulls showing various signs of disease or trauma. Not for the faint-hearted!

The International Cryptozoology Museum

This museum holds over 10,000 artifacts related to cryptozoology – the study of animals whose existence has not yet been proven by science. While some may find it hard to believe in creatures like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, this museum takes cryptozoology seriously. Visitors can expect to see an array of artifacts related to these legendary creatures such as stuffed Yeti dolls and plaster casts supposedly made from genuine Bigfoot footprints. You may not leave believing any more than when you arrived but it will certainly be an entertaining experience nevertheless!

The International Spy Museum

If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a real spy, this is the place for you. Located in Washington DC, This museum offers its visitors an immersive experience that allows them to become spies for the day. From hands-on activities like cracking codes and gathering intel to exhibits detailing the history of espionage, it’s sure to be an exciting adventure. Not only that but it also houses authentic artifacts from famous spies throughout history!

The Edvard Munch Museum

No—this isn’t an art museum—but it certainly looks like one! The Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway includes not only archival materials such as sketches and sculptures but also more than 1,500 paintings by the artist himself. This provides visitors with a unique opportunity to explore his life and work in depth. Even if you’re not familiar with his oeuvre yet, it’s sure to be a fascinating journey into Norwegian culture and history.

So there you have it; three very different types of museums all offering something unique and fascinating. If you’ve ever felt bored with traditional art galleries then why not give one (or all!) of these weird and wonderful places a visit? It might just open up your eyes (and possibly your mind!) to a whole new world out there beyond canvas paintings and marble sculptures! Who knows what other strange places await our discovery? Only time will tell…until then let us explore all that these extraordinary museums have to offer!

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