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Vent Haven Museum of Ventriloquism, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Despite being a well-recognized horror film character, the ventriloquist’s dummy, with its clunky mouth, heavy eyelids and twisting head wasn’t meant to be fearful when it was invented for 18th century music corridor leisure. This museum homes the biggest assortment of ventriloquial figures and memorabilia within the world. It as soon as belonged to William Shakespeare Berger, former president of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists.

Stanley Kubrick exhibition, Barcelona (then London)

Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange. Photograph: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc

Relive the fear of “redrum” and the “Droogs” (pictured) on this touring Stanley Kubrick exhibition, with movie projections, behind-the-scenes audio and video, costumes and different authentic objects, analysis and manufacturing paperwork and digicam gear from the legendary director’s profession. Ephemera comes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut and different cult movies.
• CCCB in Barcelona (till 31 Mar 2019), then the Design Museum in London (26 April-17 Sept 2019),

Disgusting Food Museum, Malmö, Sweden

The Disgusting Food Museum, Malmo, Sweden

Maggot pecorino cheese on the Disgusting Food Museum. Photograph: Mo Styles

This newly opened exhibition consists of all types of stomach-churning dishes from completely different nations, together with Swedish fermented herring, roasted guinea pig from Peru, Icelandic rotten shark and maggot cheese from Sardinia. For extra adventurous guests there are even alternatives to style or odor a number of the 80 displays. It was created by Dr Samuel West, the person behind the Museum of Failure in Helsingborg, Sweden, which displays revolutionary, however unsuccessful innovations from the previous.
• Until 27 January 2019,

Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, Cornwall

Museum Of Witchcraft And Magic, Boscastle, Cornwall

This small harbourside museum explores the historical past of British magical apply, and claims to have the world’s largest assortment of occult displays. On show are ritual chalices, potions and talismans owned by distinguished figures within the occult world, and different objects associated to folks and ceremonial magic, freemasonry, alchemy, the pagan faith of Wicca and the witch trials of a whole bunch of years in the past.

Old Operating Theatre, London

The Old Operating Theatre, Herb Garret

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Scared of hospitals? Nosocomephobics will shudder on getting into this surgical theatre, the oldest in Europe, which predates anaesthetics and antiseptics. Accessible by way of a slender 52-step spiral staircase, it’s within the attic of an early 18th-century church on the positioning of the outdated St Thomas’ Hospital, and as soon as additionally served as a herb garret utilized by the apothecary. There are authentic picket and metallic working tables, a number of rows of seats as soon as used for college kids viewing operations, alongside outdated and considerably horrifying medical gear on show utilized in cupping, bleeding and childbirth.

British Dental Association Dental Museum, London

Dental Association Dental Museum

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A set of 30,000 objects from the historical past of UK dentistry that’s sufficient to set your tooth on edge. A choice of the artefacts, some relationship way back to the 17th century, might be seen in a small cavity of an exhibition house on the BDA HQ in Marylebone, central London. Exhibits embrace historic dental chairs, dentures (reminiscent of an 18th-century set produced from actual tooth), drills and torturous-looking gear, alongside toothbrushes and retro oral hygiene merchandise.

Pitt Rivers Museum, Shrunken Heads room, Oxford

Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Photograph: Ian Wallman/Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

A weird show of actual tsantsas, or shrunken heads, from the higher Amazon area between Peru and Ecuador, is on show at this Oxford museum. Tribes believed they may harness the ability of enemies, and the gory particulars concerned discarding the contents and immersing the pores and skin in sizzling water, after which filling it with sizzling sand. The museum is working with communities the place collections have been acquired up to now, to sensitively contemplate the meanings of the ritual.

The Hunterian Museum and Anatomy Museum, Glasgow

Skeletons - Our Buried Bones

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The gothic revivalist essential constructing of the University of Glasgow is home to Scotland’s oldest museum. Founded by Scottish doctor William Hunter and opened in 1807, it homes one in all Europe’s largest anatomical, pathological and zoological specimen collections. There are medical devices and gear, prosthetics, skeletons and pickled elements, animal taxidermy and anatomical drawings, alongside his authentic specimens within the separate Anatomy Museum (by appointment solely).

Torture Museum, Amsterdam

Iron Maiden and a hanging cage in the Torture Museum in Amsterdam

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From the spiked inquisition chair to thumb-screws and skull-crushers, guests can hint a historical past of ache and punishment alongside just a few darkish hall rooms at this tiny Dutch museum. The medieval torture gear from round Europe would have been used to power suspects and lawbreakers to admit to crimes, alongside shares and cages used for public shame. The museum was based in 1988, “with the idea that torture and death penalty belong in the museum”, and consists of data for guests on the work of Amnesty International and human rights treaties.

Micropia, Amsterdam

Germy delights await guests to this museum in Amsterdam, which will get up shut and private to tiny invisible life-forms. It’s mysophobia-inducing description of microbes reminds us that “They are on you. In you. And you’ve got more than a hundred thousand billion of them.” But the museum hopes to teach guests on microbiology and emphasise its significance to people, nature and every day life, by displays reminiscent of an enormous virus aquarium video display screen, and a germ-measuring Kiss-O-Meter.

Clowns Museum, Leipzig, Germany

A doll representing Joseph Grimaldi in the Clowns Gallery in London

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Coulrophobics look away now. Thousands of perpetually smiling faces greet you as you enter this small clown museum in Leipzig. It is filled with puppets, equipment, newspaper articles, posters, photographs and over three,000 collectible figurines. Some of the displays, together with large clown sneakers, make-up circumstances and different costume objects, have been donated by clowns who go to the museum for particular occasions.

Catacombe dei Cappuccini, Palermo, Sicily

Mummified corpses in the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy

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A macabre show of the world’s largest assortment of mummified our bodies awaits contained in the catacombs of Palermo. After Capuchin friars have been found naturally mummified within the 16th century, dwelling friars noticed it as an “act of God” and selected to show them in a brand new crypt. Thousands joined them from the neighborhood over time, artificially mummified as a standing image and displayed alongside. Visitors can discover 5 underground corridors of mummies, some organized by career, gender and social class.

Avantos Museum of Hair, Cappadocia, Turkey

The Hair Museum of Avanos, Turkey

There’s one thing bizarre about human hair when it’s not connected to a head, and this basement house is crammed with the severed locks of greater than 16,000 ladies. The story behind it’s a little much less creepy, nonetheless: the museum was created in 1979 by native potter Chez Gallip. A buddy of his, saddened by having to maneuver away, was given a lock of hair by a feminine buddy to recollect her by. Since then, ladies visiting from across the world have added to the gathering (and donating now varieties a part of a contest to win a holiday in Cappadocia, together with collaborating in Chez’s pottery workshops).

HR Giger Museum, Switzerland

A sculpture of Alien at the HR Giger Museum

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In the 400-year-old walled metropolis of Gruyères, at medieval Château St Germain, guests can step contained in the darkish artistic thoughts of Swiss artist HR Giger. In his mythological and futuristic fashion, there are work, sculptures, furnishings, movie designs and different displays, relationship from the early 1960s to the current, some recognisable from movies reminiscent of Alien, Dune and Poltergeist II. The adjoining bar, with spinal arches and seating, can be modelled on his sci-fi, biomechanical designs.

Froggyland, Split, Croatia


Slimy and inexperienced; cute (and secretly a prince); or a younger wizard’s pet – frogs are a well-liked motif in movies and fairytales related to magic and thriller. In this museum, nonetheless, one man’s taxidermy mission round 100 years in the past has was a sideshow of a whole bunch of the amphibious creatures frozen in time, in human poses on the circus, in a classroom, enjoying poker or tennis.
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Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb and LA

Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

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Emotional collapse, lengthy lonely nights, intense heartbreak … this Croatian museum devoted to like and loss has a set of mementos of previous relationships that has grown so large it now has a second web site in LA. Each merchandise is accompanied by private, nameless tales from contributors, who can ship objects from across the world in bodily or digital format. From stomach button fluff to diamond rings, seemingly mundane objects, sentimental objects, letters and images are annotated and develop into emotionally charged.

The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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If you’ve bought any skeletons in your closet, you could possibly donate them to the Mütter’s intensive assortment, which incorporates the tallest skeletal specimen on show within the US. Alongside skulls and bones, the museum, which is ready out in 19th-century cupboard exhibition fashion, can be home to Einstein’s mind, together with larger-than-life anatomical fashions from varied historic intervals, produced from wax, papier mâché, plaster and wooden.

The House on the Rock, Wisconsin

Carousel House on the Rocks Wisconsin

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This eccentric 1940s maze of rooms, gardens, streets and large-scale displays was initially a weekend retreat for reclusive oddball architect Alex Jordan Jr. It consists of the world’s largest carousel, with 269 animals and over 20,000 lights; a 200-foot mannequin of a sea monster; a life-sized mechanical model orchestra; a seemingly unsupported 218ft infinity room hanging over the cliff edge; and rooms full of memorabilia, puppets, prosthetics, mannequin trains, masks, billboards, outdated stuff and new, faux and actual.

Meguro Parasitological Museum, Tokyo

The Meguro Parasitological Museum

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There are greater than 300 uncommon creepy-crawlies and microscopic bugs on this small city-centre museum, devoted to the science of parasitology, together with an eight.eight metre-long tapeworm. There’s additionally a analysis library containing 60,000 specimens, alongside 50,000 papers and 5,000 books on the topic, and a present store with tapeworm T-shirts and parasites in acrylic for entomophobic buddies.

Nimhans Brain Museum, Bengaluru, India

For an out-of-body expertise, guests can contact human brains at India’s National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences. There are a whole bunch of specimens, donated with consent and picked up by neuropathologist Dr Shankar for the reason that 1970s. Some are sliced, pickled and encased in plastic, some displaying the outcomes of ailments and infestations reminiscent of tapeworms. There’s additionally an enamel basin, with brains, nerves and different organs in formalin to carry and look at throughout excursions.

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