Think you’re not a museum person? Think again. These collections of zany, off-beat, and downright bizarre artifacts and oddities will have you wandering around the exhibits for hours. Check out these unique Massachusetts museums and report back with your findings!
1. The Museum of Bad Art, Somerville
The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) specializes in collecting and exhibiting terrible art. From awful paintings of pugs to really heinous nudes, this place celebrates the inevitable artistic failures on the way to creative greatness. "Artists who make it into the MOBA collection are often visited by a unique, possibly extraterrestrial muse."
2. The Tom Thumb Collection at the Middleborough Historical Museum.
The world's largest collection of items belonging to the world's smallest man. Performers for P.T. Barnum's circus, the famed General Tom Thumb and his diminutive wife Lavinia once made their home in Middleborough. Here you will find Charles Sherwood Stratton's child-sized clothing and itty-bitty personal items.
3. The Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton
Ever wonder where to find the largest collection of Russian icons in North America? Wonder no more.
4. The Plumbing Museum, Watertown
Watertown seems a very fitting place for this museum. The literature urges you to "follow the fascinating progression of plumbing through the centuries, where exhibits include artifacts from the 19th century, evolving plumbing systems, and diagrams of various plumbing technologies." Sounds tempting.
5. The Museum of Burnt Food, Arlington
Don't worry if you leave the lasagna in too long. Just send it over to this place. An entire museum devoted to displaying (you guessed it) scorched and ruined food.
6. Beer Can Museum
This is a a collection of more than 5,000 different beer cans, along with beer can folk art and crafts, beer can clothing, beer can telephones and radios, and a beer can and breweriana related library. This collection is private, but tours can be arranged by appointment.
7. The Salem Witch Museum
Relive the Salem witch trials in this amazing museum. Check out the guided tour of the dungeon - including a recreated village and Gallows Hill - as well as live shows.
8. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
This museum exhibits picture book art from all over the world. Bring the whole family for a painting session in their art studio!
9. The New England Pirate Museum, Salem
Learn about the nautical history of New England and the piratey past of Salem. Snap a few pictures with the wax figures and keep an eye on your doubloons.
10. Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, Weston
If stamps are your thing, you'll positively wet yourself.
11. Mary Had A Little Lamb Schoolhouse, Sudbury
This is believed to be the schoolhouse mentioned in the nursery rhyme. Even odder than this place becoming a museum, Henry Ford himself apparently moved this schoolhouse from Sterling to Sudbury.
12. Paper House, Rockport
The Stenman family layered and glued and rolled approximately 100,000 newspapers to make this full-sized home in 1929. Even the furniture is made out of paper. No smoking, please.
Have you been to any of these museums? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen in a museum? Let us know in the comments!
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