One of the many highlights of visiting destinations around the world is getting the opportunity to visit the museums. Museums are amazing places and some of them offer free entrance so you can literally spend an entire day both entertaining and educating yourself about the world for free! We’ve all heard of world-famous museums such as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C, the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Uffizi in Florence, the Prado in Madrid, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the British Museum in London and having visited most of them in my time I cannot recommend each and every one of them highly enough but sometimes, the smaller, quirky gems get overlooked and so this week’s blog is about just six of them, scattered around the world which you should definitely seek out, the next time that you’re in the neighbourhood!
Most of us, I think it is fair to say, are fascinated by the cloak and dagger world of spies! Maybe it’s the gadgets that they use — so immortalized by the James Bond movies — or perhaps it’s the notion of them living in plain sight amongst us. There is a fascinating sky museum in Washington D.C. which makes an erroneous claim to be the only one of its kind in thew world when in fact I visited the original sky museum in Tallinn, Finland, some years ago, when one of my sons was doing his Erasmus year there. The Tallinn museum is a small one but filled with very interesting facts and plenty of sky material and gadgets so definitely worth a visit when you’re in the land of a thousand lakes!
Many people (well perhaps only men) tend to harbour a morbid fascination with torture, it’s history and its methods so it’s no surprise that these kinds of museums can be extremely popular. Perhaps the most famous museum of torture is located in Prague but the one I visited was located in the stunningly beautiful capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Another popular subject and the theme of a fascinating museum in New Mexico is that of UFO’s so if you’re one of the many people who believe that we’re constantly being visited by extra-terrestrials, then you’d better get yourself over to the International UFO museum in Roswell — yes, that Roswell!
Gandhi once declared that sanitation was more important than independence so perhaps it’s no wonder that the world’s only tourist attraction celebrating the lowly WC is located in India at the Sulabh toilet museum and if you’re looking for the ultimate i museum experiences then you’ll have no option but to get yourself over to Mexico as you’ll have to don some scuba gear to visit it as it is entirely underwater. I’m of course referring to the underwater museum in Cancun.