So you want to get a little culture over the weekend, but you aren’t interested in those stuffy, pretentious art museums or boring natural history museums… You want something that is exciting, something that is fun! Something gruesome, gross, and a bit sexy… You don’t want sexy? But gruesome and sexy always go together, don’t they? No…? Fine.
These are some of the most disgusting museums in the world.
WARNING: Some of them are pretty gruesome and I am going to include links, so click at your own risk.
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1. Morbid Anatomy Museum
So, if you happen to be in the Big Apple, you might want to swing by Brooklyn and take a break from all the scarf-wearing artsy folks. The Morbid Anatomy Museum should fit the bill perfectly, because what is the complete opposite of a colorful celebration of life? How about wax models of life-threatening diseases or busts of ethnographic stereotypes that were barely appropriate in the early 19th century? If you’ve had your fill of simulated blood, guts and gore, then fear not, because the expansive 4,200ft2 museum also houses a gift shop where you can buy wax moulage casts and even a library… so you can take something a little disquieting home. Sure, you can act like you’re a healthy, well-adjusted individual and visit the Museum of Modern Art but, honestly, you’re not fooling anyone. Just go and satisfy your sick curiosity.
2. Museum of Osteology
Just because I don’t feel like changing the subject, let me point to the west, to the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma, a museum that boasts a collection of over 300 skeletons of all types of animals, birds, and even humans! Granted, this museum is a little bit milder compared to the Morbid Anatomy Museum (you won’t find wax models of syphilis sores here!), and it’s actually a popular location for school field trips. Family fun never reminded you so blatantly of the finality of life! Its purpose is clearly educational, for the understanding of skeletons and the way they work. Its most prized exhibit is a 40-foot humpback whale skeleton, and has an entire section dedicated to the skeletal remains of Oklahoma wildlife. Now that you’ve seen everything, you get to speak to your children about death!
3. Mütter Museum
This is one of only two places in the entire world where you can see Einstein’s brain; I really don’t think I need to sell it up any more than that, do I? Although that is pretty noteworthy, the Mütter Museum also boasts the Soap Lady, a rare occurrence in which a person’s remains are encased in a soap-like substance called adipocere; the Hyrtl Skull Collection which tried to prove the superiority of Caucasians through the pseudoscience of phrenology (the study of the human skull to extrapolate information regarding intelligence and personality); and the lighthearted Injury, Death, and Healing in Civil War Philadelphia exhibition. If you are feeling a little under the weather (or dry-heaving due to the nature of the exhibits), feel free to visit the museum’s Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden.
4. National Museum of Funeral History
Yes, you read that right: National Museum of Funeral History. Okay, although I did recommend the previous museums… this one I feel is a bit on the exploitive side of things, especially considering one of the first things you see on the museum’s homepage is: “Nanu-Nanu! Robin Williams’ Boots are at the Museum!” Alright, that wouldn’t have been okay for any museum… but it’s not very cool for a funeral museum, especially considering how recently Robin Williams passed. Okay, moving on… No link, because the website is atrocious and it doesn’t deserve one.
5. World of Puppetry Museum
Not necessarily disgusting but creepy as hell, the World of Puppetry Museum houses one of the most extensive marionette collections in the world (probably because nobody else wanted an empty vessel for an evil soul to possess lying around the house). They own an original Howdy Doody puppet set, a Punch and Judy puppet show, a Lamb Chop, and even a Kermit the Frog. The museum offers both antique puppets and contemporary ones, all of which will fuel your and your children’s nightmares for decades to come! Oh, and if you don’t believe me, watch that video of Howdy Doody above… do you believe me now?
6. Meguro Parasitological Museum
Okay, so we are reaching our peak here… the Meguro Parasitological Museum. Holy cow! This museum not only contains what are wet specimens (those glass jars filled with pickled animals you see in mad scientists’ labs), it also has a specimen of a bottled turtle’s head with a large parasite replacing its tongue (that’s a nope). If you don’t run out of this in hives, screaming, dry-heaving, and scratching compulsively by the time you hit the second floor, you are a better man than me. It was privately established in 1953 by Dr. Satoru Kamegi. Why? Well, because f*ck logic – this is Japan, b*tch! Anyhow, the museum also features a gift shop… Seriously, why would this hell on earth need a gift shop? What would you even buy?! NO, NO, NO! I don’t want a T-shirt, a telephone charm, or a refrigerator magnet featuring a flesh-eating, disease-carrying parasite! You know what Japan? You need help.
7. Museum of Death
So our last stop is dedicated to the last stop, the final exit, the eternal rest.
Well, since the last time I wrote about the Museum of Death, they have even added a second location, in New Orleans! Man, death is a lot more popular than I thought. The original Museum of Death opened in San Diego’s first mortuary as a controversial art gallery known as the Rita Dean (which had also exhibited artwork by serial killers, such as Charles Manson). Shortly afterwards, the founders decided that they would dedicate their life’s work to what they call “death education” and started amassing huge amounts of the most morbid sh*t you can think of. Oh, they also tout the most extensive collection of serial killer artwork in the world, created by the most evil individuals in the world. The other exhibits are not any milder though, as the funeral section plays an embalming training video and your constitution will be tested at the museum’s entrance with a gruesome image of a motorcycle accident. Consider it a test, because things are going to get much, much sketchier inside. They also say it might be haunted, but I really don’t know how much of that I’d believe. These guys really don’t take death all that seriously.
Are there any other weird museums you’d like to add to this list? Let us know in the comment section below!