We love finding strange museums in our travels around the country, and we have discovered some real finds as we explore this great land of ours. Here are fifteen of my favorites, in no particular order.
National Mustard Museum; Middleton, Wisconsin – You can learn everything you ever wanted to know, and some things you never thought to ask about mustard, at this fun and quirky museum, which has it’s very own college called, what else, Poupon U!
Spam Museum; Austin, Minnesota – No, not that aggravating e-mail, we’re talking the original Spam, the meat that won World War II. Find out the history of this canned meat product, and the contributions the Hormel Company made to our nation during the war effort.
World’s Smallest Museum; Superior, Arizona – At just 143 square feet, smaller than your average motorhome, this museum has an amazing amount of stuff crammed inside, from Indian pottery to antique cameras to mining artifacts.
National Construction Equipment Museum; Bowling Green, Ohio – Operated by the Historical Construction Equipment Association, this unique museum displays many different types of construction equipment, including cranes, shovels, rollers, scrapers, bulldozers, dump trucks, concrete mixers, drills, and other heavy equipment.
Tow Truck Museum; Chattanooga, Tennessee – At the International Towing Museum you will find a fascinating collection of restored antique wreckers and towing equipment.
Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum; Farmington Hills, Michigan – This fun museum is home to a fun and funky collection of everything mechanical, from historical and modern arcade machines, sideshow wonders and curiosities to carousels, posters, coin operated kiddie rides and much more.
Leila’s Hair Museum; Independence, Missouri – And you thought hair was just for brushing! Leila’s Hair Museum displays over 150 wreaths and more than 2,000 pieces of jewelry containing or made of human hair, dating before 1900.
Marsh’s Free Museum; Long Beach, Washington – You’re guaranteed to have fun here as you see everything from shrunken heads to dinosaur dung, and even a two headed calf! And don’t forget Jake, the Alligator Man!
Mid-America Windmill Museum; Kendallville, Indiana – You will find over 50 historic windmills on display at this interesting small outdoor museum.
Heaton-Bowman-Smith Funeral Museum; St. Joseph, Missouri – The wicker basket that carried the body of Jesse James from his house to the funeral parlor in 1882 is among the unusual collection of funeral industry artifacts displayed at this unique museum.
Music House Museum; Williamsburg, Michigan – This interesting museum near Traverse City is home to the world’s largest collection of mechanical musical devices.
National Bird Dog Museum; Grand Junction, Tennessee – You can see displays of art, photography, and memorabilia reflecting a variety of pointing dog and retriever breeds, hunting, field trial activities, and shooting sports covering more than 100 years of sporting tradition at this small town museum.
National Museum Of Roller Skating; Lincoln, Nebraska – This fun little museum boasts the largest collection of historical roller skates in the world, dating to 1819, along with medals and trophies, photographs, artworks, costumes, and other roller skating memorabilia.
International Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame and Museum; Jackson, Tennessee – Dedicated to preserving and promoting Rockabilly Music, this museum’s displays recognize the pioneers of Rockabilly music with stage costumes, instruments, and memorabilia.
National Watch and Clock Museum; Columbia, Pennsylvania – You’ll find everything from sundials and ancient Egyptian hourglasses to ultra-modern atomic clocks that can measure time in nanoseconds at this surprisingly interesting museum.
These are just some of the fun and interesting museums waiting to be discovered in every corner of America. Post a comment below and tell me about some of your favorite oddball museums.
Congratulations Barry Simonson, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. We had 58 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – I read that by law you have to turn your headlights on if it’s raining in Sweden. How in the world am I supposed to know if it’s raining in Sweden?