We’ve all heard of the famous museums of Europe, such as the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London and the Borghese Gallery in Rome. But what about the stranger museums that Europe has to offer? There are a lot of quirky museums, galleries and emporiums that are dedicated to the strange and bizarre, so here are some of the oddest museums in Europe:
The Currywurst Museum, Berlin
This museum celebrates the iconic German street food currywurst, a sizzling sausage served with ketchup, curry powder and chips. The exhibits teach you about the history of the dish and also features screenings of television adverts from throughout the decades. After viewing the museum you will be in the mood for a currywurst – luckily the snack lounge serves a delicious version of the dish.
Kitten Kabinet, Amsterdam
If you are on your way to becoming crazy cat lady (or gentleman), this Dutch museum will put you one step closer. The Kitten Kabinet is a completely feline-themed museum that offers a glimpse into how cats have been portrayed in art throughout the centuries – from sculptures to paintings to drawings and much more. There are also five live cats who reside within the museum, so you can admire the artwork while stroking their furry chins and listening to the happy sound of purring.
The Sewer Museum, Paris
This subterranean museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, as well as one of the smelliest. You will walk along raised walkways just above the city’s sewage as you get a glimpse into the design and engineering. It’s a great way to learn about the history of the sewers and how they work, as long as you can stand the odours!
The Magic Circle Museum, London, England
It is said that magicians never reveal their secrets, but you can discover quite a few of them at this museum. It features several magic tricks posters, toys, artefacts, props and other items related to the art of magic. For example, you can find props used Tommy Cooper and David Nixon, a sound recording of Harry Houdini and Robert Harbin’s original Zig Zag illusion.
The Phallological Museum, Iceland
Yes, this is an entire museum dedicated to penises. It’s not just a fun place for a giggle, it’s quite educational and has penile “specimens” from every mammal in the country –from human to whale. If you want to take home a souvenir, the gift shop is filled with everything penis-shaped, from bottle openers to shot glasses.
The National Leprechaun Museum, Ireland
Discover this unique museum at the end of the rainbow, with displays revealing the history of leprechauns. You can explore the museum on a guided tour with a storyteller who will weave tales of Irish folklore and mythology as you wander through tunnels of optical illusions, a room with abnormally large furniture and a wooden replica of the Giant’s Causeway.
These are just a few of the strangest museums in Europe, so why not think outside the box and check out one of these quirky attractions on your next trip?