5 Strangest Must-See Museums in the U.S.

by Maria SalovaSeptember 19, 2014

Whether you’re traveling with your family or moving into a new neighborhood, getting to know the local city is a must! One of the best ways to get to know the local city is with a little history and learning the local culture. How can you do that? Visit a local museum! Not just any museum though — visit the strangest museums. Homes.com has assembled a list of the top strangest museums that are a must-see with the family!

Bigfoot Discovery Museum – Felton, California

The owner of the museum, Mike Riggs, has collected bigfoot data for over 60 years. Many refer to him as the expert and a source for beginning your journey to searching for Bigfoot. The museum has footage of Bigfoot sightings as well as audio. Mike has also put up a map with over 150 pushpins, all representing a bigfoot sighting.

Bigfoot-Discovery-Museum-Felton-CaliforniaDon’t believe in Bigfoot? Visit this museum, and you might just change your mind!

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum – Alexandria, Virginia

Founded in 1792, this apothecary family-owned business ran until 1933. Now a museum, it shows off an incredible collection of herbal botanicals, medical equipment, and hand-blown glass. The museum also has a collection of journals, letters, prescription books, formula books, orders, invoices and more. So what makes it so unique? You’d be surprised by the medicine used back in the day! With items named as dragon’s breath and unicorn root, you’d think you were in a Harry Potter book.

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum – Gatlingburg, Tennessee

A one of a kind museum, the salt and pepper shaker museum, has over 20,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers. The collection began 25 years ago and has been growing ever since. Not only does the museum have some of the wildest looking salt and pepper shakers, but it shows the changes in society dating back to the 1500’s. That’s right, salt and pepper shakers from the 1500’s!

Museum of Bad Art – Boston, Massachusetts

Who would have thought that even bad art has a place to call home in a museum. If you’re in Massachusetts, stop by the Museum of bad art to take a look at the not-so-artistic paintings and more. The art is so bad that it can’t be ignored and deserves preservation and exhibitions according to MOBA (Museum of Bad Art). Everything from a terrible Mona Lisa interpretation to the most confusing and unexplainable art pieces, the MOBA has it all!

International Spy Museum – Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is a fitting city for such a museum since it would be assumed that there are more spies here than in any other city. The museum’s advisers include former CIA, KGB, and FBI operatives, making it all the more knowledgable and entertaining. With various exhibits that include items such as the lipstick gun, diguises, the 007 car, and various other spy weapons and gadgets, this museum is perfect for anyone over 10 years of age.
If you’re interested in history, sometimes the strangest artifacts help you understand it better.

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Maria Salova
Hi! I’m Maria, the Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. I am part of a dream team that is dedicated to running this awesome blog along with Homes.com’s social channels. If I am not busy writing blogs and socially sharing for Homes.com, you can find me painting, drinking tea with my friends, and doing DIY projects!