Oddest Museums Around The U.S.

By: Jennifer Hong
Published: Aug 10, 2021

Oddest Museums - There are many museums that are good for first dates, although the ones mentioned here are simply the oddest. It might be best to discover these bizarre freak shows with your friends. They are all in the United States.

Toilet Seat Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas - Barney Smith, a retired plumber, transforms the bathroom toilet seat into an artistic creation. Smith’s museum contains more than 600 works of art mounted on toilet seat lids. He mostly finds inspiration from his travels around the world.

The National Atomic Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico - Visitors can view bombs or see exhibits called fallout shelter, Little Al’s Lab, or Radiation 101. The original 1941 Packard Clipper that transported the scientists from the train station to Los Alamos and to the Trinity base camp for testing of the first atomic bomb is there too, but visitors are not allowed to drive it.

Aurora Ice Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska - Using 1,000 tons of ice, world champion ice carvers Steve Brice and wife Heather created the Aurora Ice Museum — which includes ice sculptures like an observation tower and circular staircase, jousters on horseback, Christmas tree and polar bear bedrooms, an igloo, and an ice outhouse — and Stoli bar for thirsty tourists. A patented absorption chiller keeps the museum an icy 20 degrees Fahrenheit all year.

Museum of Spam, Austin, Minnesota - In the early 1990s, the term “spam” increasingly referred to unwanted email, much to the chagrin of Hormel Foods, the makers of SPAM, America’s favorite canned meat. In 2001, the museum’s founders opened the Spam Museum to remind Americans of the pleasures of canned pork. A “Wall of SPAM,” a scale model of a SPAM plant, and many other exhibits inside are worth a look.

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