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Museums

The Philadelphia Insectarium



World's biggest "insect zoo."


Article here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 09, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Insects, Museums

National Poo Museum

The UK will soon open a "National Poo Museum" on the Isle of Wight. It will "celebrate poo." Says a spokeswoman, "The National Poo Museum is set to be the place to immerse oneself in the wonder of excrement while finding out lots of extraordinary nuggets of information about all things poo-y."

More info: Isle of Wight County Press

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 17, 2016 - Comments (15)
Category: Museums, Excrement

Fine Art on Billboards

1963: In response to polls indicating that a majority of the public disliked billboards along highways and were in favor of banning them, the O'Mealia Outdoor Advertising Corp. began displaying fine art masterpieces on a handful of its billboards throughout New Jersey. The idea was to show that billboards could be educational and instructive, and that they should be thought of as "the public's art gallery." Among the masterpieces displayed were Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and Gainsborough's Blue Boy.

Cute idea, but it must have been difficult for motorists to fully appreciate a masterpiece as they sped by it at 60 mph. Perhaps those stuck in traffic jams could admire the art.


link: Popular Science - Oct 1965

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 24, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Museums, 1960s

Old Car City

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Old Car City opened in 1931 and since then has developed into a 32 acre classic car junkyard/museum. Now instead of selling parts they charge admission to see all the old cars.

Posted By: patty - Sat Aug 08, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Museums

One Of Our own

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No list of weird collections would be complete without the inclusion of one of our WUvian founders. Alex and his Museum of Hoaxes is, of course, one of the top weird collections on the net!

Posted By: patty - Sat Aug 01, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Authorities and Experts, Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Museums, Alex

World Erotic Art Museum



RIP, founder Naomi Wilzig.

Being TV journalism, the clip is work-safe.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 21, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Art, Museums, Regionalism, Sexuality

Nerve Man

The giant man of nerves was part of the "Conquest of Pain" exhibit held at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry in 1955. If I had seen this thing as a kid, it definitely would have given me nightmares.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Apr 01, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Body, Museums, 1950s

World Carrot Museum

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The thrills start here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 08, 2014 - Comments (9)
Category: Eccentrics, Food, Museums

Human Hamster Wheel

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 06, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Domestic, Eccentrics, Museums, Performance Art

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