If you’ve already visited classic and famous museums like The Louvre or The National Gallery, or you’re looking for something different, here’s the most bizarre exhibitions around Europe.
- The Icelandic Phallological Museum
Located in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, it has the world’s largest collection of penises and penile parts, with 286 items from 93 species: from bears, seals to Hamsters, and of course “Homo Sapiens”, they have it on display. According to their website “Phallology is an ancient science which, until recent years, has received very little attention in Iceland […] Now, thanks to The Icelandic Phallological Museum, it is finally possible for individuals to undertake serious study into the field of in an organized, scientific fashion. Apparently, whale has the record in length: over five feet.
- Paris’ Sewers Museum
Paris is the city of love, so even If you never thought of sewers in a positive way, this guided tour beneath the Quai d’Orsay could change your view. The key is imagining the immense engineering and infrastructural work behind it. Some say the spooky atmosphere is what really captured their attention. The ticket is only three pound, so if you can hold your breath and you’re not afraid of mice, why not.
- The Museum of Broken Relationships
Located in Zagreb, Croatia, this museum offers “a unique emotional journey around the world through hundreds of break-ups”, as the official website states. From teddy bears to garden dwarfs, to an artificial lower leg donated by a man who broke up with a nurse, the items are quite interesting to say the least. I would only worry about the axes, though. Founded by film producer Olinka Vištica and sculptor Dražen Grubišić, it was opened in 2006 after the two ended their relationship in 2003. What initially had to be a joke then became an actual collection as they started asking their friends to donate leftovers of their break-ups. Each exhibit has a unique story and meaning, so get your pocket tissues ready.
- The Dog Collar Museum
Placed inside Leeds castle in England, it’s the perfect attraction for pet enthusiasts. Home to 130 collars from five different centuries, with a focus on the medieval age, it strikes for its strangely specific collection. Nonetheless, it is visited by more than half a million tourists every year.
- The Corpus Museum in the Netherlands
This one is only for those who have a good stomach, or aren’t afraid to see it. In this museum the whole human body is reproduced in large scale: you literally walk inside a mouth, a knee, and so on. The whole experience is 3D interactive, and you’re able to witness real life situations from a very, close look. An example? You can see how your intestines digest a cheese sandwich or what goes on in an open wound. You can also bounce on a tongue while a speaker plays the sound of a burp, but that’s for the children, they say.