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You give us the skinny on ‘weird’ mu­se­ums from around the globe, from con­verted soap fac­to­ries to noo­dle col­lec­tions, to the his­tory of bad break-ups…

YOUR TIPS ON… QUIRKY MU­SE­UMS

From laud­ing the life of lava­to­ries to rooms and rooms of, err, ra­men, these are the world’s strangest mu­se­ums, as cho­sen by you…

Dog Col­lar Mu­seum Leeds Cas­tle, Kent, UK

“I vis­ited Leeds Cas­tle with my fam­ily and couldn’t be­lieve they had a mu­seum ded­i­cated to dog col­lars there! The last owner of the cas­tle started it, as they had a love of dogs, and the col­lec­tion now has over 100 col­lars from across the cen­turies.”

Matthew Gunn

Soap Mu­seum Saida, Le­banon

“Set in a cen­turies-old build­ing that was once a soap fac­tory, the Soap Mu­seum takes you through the his­tory and method­ol­ogy of soap-mak­ing, pro­vides a pil­lar of stacked-up soap bars for you to take your pic­ture next to, and at the end it has a bril­liant video that shows you what the mu­seum has just told you. There’s a de­cent shop, too. And no, you don’t have to be a soap ob­ses­sive to en­joy it.”

Owen Mor­ton

Trick­eye Mu­seum Phuket, Thai­land

“This mu­seum is an undis­cov­ered work of art in the mid­dle of the city. You can take pic­tures hav­ing a cof­fee un­der the starry night of Van Gogh, sav­ing the planet from an alien at­tack or be­ing eaten by the Hulk! It’s ex­cit­ing and fun from the sec­ond you en­ter.”

Deb­o­rah del Pozo Gómez

Ham­mer Mu­seum Haines, Alaska, USA

“This is the fun­ni­est mu­seum I can think of. There’s thou­sands of ham­mers of all kinds, used for var­i­ous pur­poses. There’s even a spe­cial one used to clob­ber cat­tle.”

Deanna Swaney

Sk­a­gens Bam­se­mu­seum Sk­a­gen, Den­mark

This teddy bear mu­seum, set in an old Sk­a­gen-style house and gar­den, dis­plays all sorts of bears, from odd ones to those of his­tor­i­cal value. It’s mem­o­rable, for sure.”

Rox­ana Veghi­nas The Mu­seum of Bro­ken Re­la­tion­ships Zagreb, Croa­tia

“The mu­seum dis­plays ob­jects – and the sto­ries be­hind them – re­lat­ing to bro­ken re­la­tion­ships. There are some bizarre tales: an axe is dis­played along­side the story that when the donor re­turned to her flat, where she had lived with the boyfriend she had just split up from, he had chopped up ev­ery­thing in the flat into tiny pieces with it.”

Mar­i­lyn Spar­row

Gu­lasch Mu­seum Vi­enna, Aus­tria

“The Gu­lasch Mu­seum in Vi­enna is not strictly a mu­seum but a restau­rant serv­ing hearty Aus­trian cui­sine – think win­ter stews, dumplings and pota­toes. It beats look­ing at an­cient arte­facts on a cold win­ter’s day.”

He­len Jack­son The Cup­noo­dles Mu­seum Osaka, Ja­pan

“A mu­seum devoted to in­stant noo­dles – I’ve never seen any­thing like it in my life!”

Prah­sant Ku­mar

Mu­seum of Death New Or­leans, USA

“In a city ob­sessed by witch­craft, this is the per­fect sideshow to a day ex­plor­ing the French Quar­ter. Want to know about the most no­to­ri­ous se­rial killers that the USA has seen? It’s all here in the Mu­seum of Death.”

Jonathan Hopps

Cats Mu­seum Ko­tor, Mon­tene­gro

“When we vis­ited Ko­tor, we came across the Cats Mu­seum in a lit­tle court­yard. It’s filled with pic­tures and post­cards of cats – there was even a scary-look­ing cat perched in the win­dow dis­mem­ber­ing a dead pi­geon!”

Tracey Kin­sella

The Su­labh In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum of Toi­lets New Delhi, In­dia

“Both wacky and fas­ci­nat­ing! Find out about the his­tory of toi­lets, dif­fer­ent toi­lets from around the world and how to use the methane gas from toi­lets as a cook­ing fuel.”

Gill Dorey

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