The 16 Strangest Museums In The United States

Most museums are the same - they contain ordinary stuff (but, you know, old), paintings and sculptures and whatnot, or long dead organisms stuffed and/or propped up for our amusement. Honestly, they can be pretty overrated. As much as we want to seem cultured and sophisticated, it all gets pretty old hat after a while. Some museums, however, are different. Some museums are actually super f*cking interesting.

There are freaky museums (filled with weird things that might haunt your dreams) all across America. Dead bodies, aliens, bananas, pretty much everything that's strange and thought-provoking has a museum out there somewhere. And they are definitely worth checking out. Add some of these stops to your next road trip, and you'll be able to brag that you spent time at some of these strange destinations! 


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    The Mutter Museum In Philadelphia

    The Mutter Museum In Philadelphia
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    The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia is widely regarded as an important destination for those interested in the macabre and esoteric. There's a clear and important reason behind this: it contains nothing but weird ass sh*t. The Mutter Museum opened in 1863 with the important mission of displaying medical curiosities and specimens designated for research purposes. Since then, it has expanded, and now holds collections of skulls, a tumor removed from a former U.S. president, and even slides of brain tissue removed from Albert Einstein. It's basically the real-life version of Sick, Sad World.  

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    Glore Psychiatric Museum In St. Joseph, MO

    Glore Psychiatric Museum In St. Joseph, MO
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    The Glore Psychiatric Museum is dedicated to the terrifying and sometimes wacky history of mental health. From 17th century psychiatric tools and treatments to the embroidered ramblings of schizophrenic patients, their is no shortage of strange and unusual things on display at the GPM. You can even see a display of the over 100 nails swallowed by one single patient, as well as mannequins reenacting treatment methods through the centuries. It's an ideal spot for first dates.   

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    The Museum Of The Weird In Austin, TX

    The Museum Of The Weird In Austin, TX
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    If you're looking for weird things, look no further than the aptly named Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas. This museum has displays of unusual creatures, from the legendary Fiji Mermaid to the Minnesota Iceman. They also have a large display of shrunken heads, and other unnatural oddities. Keep Austin weird, baby.   

    292 votes
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    National Museum Of Funeral History In Houston

    A hearse used to transport the bodies of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford is just one of the morbid things on display in the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas.

    Other exhibits cover the history of embalming, coffins from different time periods, and even Ancient Egyptian funerary practices. If you've ever wondered about the history of cremation, this is the place to go. Not sure if they do children's birthdays, but there's only one way to find out!

    300 votes
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    The Vent Haven Ventriloquism Museum In Fort Mitchell, KY

    Vent Haven is a museum in Kentucky dedicated to all things ventriloquism. According to its website, founder W.S. Berger collected a huge personal collection of dummies and ventriloquism paraphernalia throughout his lifetime and opened the bizarre collection to the public in the mid 1970s. Claiming nearly 1,000 retired dummies ranging in age from modern to antique, this creepy-doll graveyard is certainly the stuff of nightmares - but just wait until you hear about the Vent Convention!

    222 votes
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    International UFO Museum And Research Center In Roswell, NM

    International UFO Museum And Research Center In Roswell, NM
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    Roswell, New Mexico is perhaps best known for the 1947 UFO (or was it a weather balloon?) crash. Understandably, the town also houses the International UFO Museum and Research Center. The museum opened in 1992, and has exhibits reenacting the Roswell crash, information on ancient aliens, details on crops circles, and even facts on Area 51. The research side of the museum contains books and related documents on alien and UFO sightings around the world. Sadly, that crazy haired dude from the History channel does not act a tour guide.  

    271 votes