Written by Oryx
If you’ve had enough of predictable museums with their ancient statues and painted canvasses, then stretch your imagination and amuse yourself with some of the world’s quirkier museum offerings.
ABBA The Museum, Stockholm
Music museums might be common, but few focus exclusively on a single pop group, and none have quite the same panache – and glitter – as this museum, dedicated to Swedish 1970s pop sensation ABBA. Exhibits are devoted to memorabilia, gold records, and outrageous stage costumes. Beyond the simple museum experience, though, visitors can plunge into interactive displays that have them playing on stage with a hologram ABBA, boogying on a flashing dance floor, or flying a helicopter featured on an ABBA record cover.
Distance: 4,585 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 50 minutes
Trick Eye Museum, Phuket
Stimulate your imagination and deceive your senses at this art museum with a difference, where you can not only admire three-dimensional paintings but become a part of them thanks to trompe l’œil techniques. It’s a great place to bring the kids, who will relish the photo opportunities that capture them inside a bank safe, flying a plane, encountering zombies on a subway train, or running with the bulls in Spain.
Distance: 5,322 km
Flight Time: 10 hrs, 5 mins
Justice and Police Museum, Sydney
Housed in an 1856 building that once served as a police court, this unusual museum is for those with a ghoulish interest in sensational crimes and assorted criminals. Exhibits look at the history of crime, policing, and modern forensics, and recreate remand cells and a courthouse.
Distance: 12,380 km
Flight Time: 13 hours, 55 minutes
Sergei Parajanov Museum, Yerevan
This museum, dedicated to the 20th-century Armenian actor and filmmaker once banned in the Soviet Union, goes beyond the usual artist’s museum. Although it recreates Parajanov’s apartment rooms and shows memorabilia related to his movies, it’s also idiosyncratic and quirky. Among exhibits are collages created by Parajanov while imprisoned, hats and dolls, and bizarre collectables.
Distance: 1,791 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 55 minutes
Frequency: 4 times a week
Museum Of Bad Art, Boston
This quirky museum started in a domestic basement and spread to three city locations housing 500 artworks too bad to be ignored. Its paintings and sculptures have been described as ‘painfully hideous’ but aren’t just deliberately kitsch: they’re works created with serious intent but unintentionally flawed. Amused visitors are invited to give titles to some of the works.
Distance: 10,517 km
Flight Time: 13 hours, 45 minutes