By Lonely Planet, Ben Handicott

Thank the celebrities for the world's eccentric creditors; hoarders of items appealing, unusual or downright atypical. it really is those documentors of the good and trivial - who are looking to convey us all whatever superb approximately their collections and proportion the insights into humankind each one of them illuminates - who've created the main interesting, tremendous and worthy museums the planet has to provide.

Boggle on the enormity of area, get nostalgic at early life stories or be dumbstruck through the foreign Museum of Toilets... no matter if you are a historical past buff, tech-head or have an inexplicable fascination with clowns, you can find world-class collections right here to pique your curiosity.

Never drag your heels round a lifeless museum back!

Then & now // heritage museums

  • Acropolis Museum // Greece
  • British Museum // united kingdom
  • Forbidden urban // China
  • Goethe residence & Goethe Museum // Germany
  • Imperial battle Museum // united kingdom
  • Museum of Alchemists & Magicians of outdated Prague // Czech Republic
  • Museum of Mummies of Guanajuato // Mexico
  • National Museum of Anthropology // Mexico
  • Old working Theatre Museum & Herb Garret // united kingdom
  • Prison Gate Museum // The Netherlands
  • Sir John Soane's Museum // united kingdom
  • Styrian Armoury // Austria
  • Torture Museum // The Netherlands
  • Vasa Museum // Sweden
  • Viking send Museum // Norway
  • Whitney Plantation // united states

The global round us // average heritage museums

  • Kunstkamera // Russia 6
  • Messner Mountain Museum // Italy
  • Sarawak nation Museum // Malaysia
  • Smithsonian establishment // united states

Human creativity // artwork & tradition museums

  • American vintage Arcade Museum // united states
  • Belgian Brewers Museum // Belgium
  • Burlesque corridor of popularity // united states
  • Coffee Museum // Brazil
  • Erawan Museum // Thailand
  • Ghibli Museum // Japan
  • Grammy Museum // united states
  • The eco-friendly Vault // Germany
  • Museum of early life // united kingdom
  • Musical tools Museum // united states
  • Soumaya Museum // Mexico
  • Vodka Museum // Russia

Things that cross // technology & expertise museums

  • Bicycle Museum of the USA // united states
  • Big gap & Open Mine Museum // South Africa
  • Exploratorium // united states
  • National Maritime Museum // France
  • National Rail Museum // united kingdom
  • New Mexico Museum of house background // united states
  • New York urban hearth Museum // united states
  • Pencil Museum // united kingdom
  • Porsche Museum // Germany
  • Sewer Museum // France
  • Sulabh overseas Museum of bogs // India

Peculiar passions // Quirky museums

  • Avanos Hair Museum // Turkey
  • Clown corridor of status & study Centre // united states
  • Cupnoodles Museum // Japan
  • Gopher gap Museum // Canada
  • International Cryptozoology Museum // united states
  • Museum of damaged Relationships // Croatia
  • Watermelon Museum // China

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SEEN ONE, SEEM ’EM ALL, SURELY? Bicycles have come a long way since their mysterious first appearance (there’s no verified claim to ‘inventor of the bicycle’). ) stability of a BMX, you won’t believe the designs that have pedalled out of showrooms over the years. And you can see many of them here. The curators reckon that with about 1000 bikes in the collection, you’ll probably see your own first machine here; prepare for a little nostalgia as you recall that first tumble off your bike... ZA IS THIS JUST A BIG HOLE IN THE GROUND?

There’s even a lock of Robert Stephenson’s hair. He was from locomotive royalty, and built the Rocket in 1829, a train that set the pace for steam train construction through the 19th century. IT’S TOO LATE FOR YOU. HMMM. Yes, it might be. But just go. Join me. We can wander the railway lines together. Forever. ORG TAKE ME TO THE MOON! ) building. WHY AM I IN THE NEW MEXICO DESERT? This region was home to a significant amount of development work for the space program. And, you know, Roswell is just 100 miles away: there’s heritage here.

TELL US MORE ABOUT HOW AND WHY THIS MUSEUM CAME TO BE. The museum began as a passion project of trial attorney John Cummings and his director of research, Ibrahima Seck. Cummings spent 16 years and close to US$8 million of his personal fortune to build the museum and educate visitors on the realities of slavery and its impact on modern America. HOW DOES THIS DESIRE TRANSLATE TO A MUSEUM EXHIBIT? This is an open-air museum, a 1700-acre property designed to allow visitors to experience the world of an 1830s sugar plantation through the eyes of the enslaved people who lived and worked here.

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