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10 Most Interesting, Weird Museums That You Should Visit

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10 Most Interesting, Weird Museums That You Should Visit

Museum of Death, Hollywood

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    The Museum of Death doesn’t mince its words, and while it has no age restriction on visitors, “because WE ALL DIE,” it makes no bones about the fact that its exhibits are not for the faint-hearted. The founders claim to have created the museum to fill the ‘void in death education’, but you’d be forgiven for feeling that the museum is more a of a lip-licking horror freak show. It boasts the largest collection of Serial Killer artwork and grisly photos from several murder scenes, including Charles Manson and Black Dahlia – a gruesome mutilation that is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles history.

    Cancun Underwater Museum, Cancun

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      With over 470 underwater statues, the Cancun Underwater Museum hopes to draw large numbers of people away from the delicate and vulnerable reefs nearby and create a new artificial area where more marine life can thrive. You don’t have to be a scuba diver to explore the eerie, serene underwater world – there are options for snorkelling and even glass bottomed boats.

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      The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia

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        The Mutter Museum claims to be ‘America’s finest museum of medical history’, and it certainly exudes an air of luxuriance with its polished darkwood cabinets and nineteenth century portraits lining the walls. The only thing stopping you from settling down with a pipe and a nice tumbler of whiskey is the fact that the cabinets are filled with skulls and slices of human faces. The Mutter Museum is a rich combination of history, science and art, with permanent exhibitions that include slices of Albert Einstein’s brain and a large collection of conjoined fetal specimens.

        Le Musee des Vampires, Les Lilas, France

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          Not an easy drop in if you don’t speak French as you must make an appointment to visit, but if you’re interested in all things blood-sucking then this Museum of Vampires is the treasure trove for you. As well as being stacked full of every type of vampire related paraphernalia you can imagine – from books, to fine art, to traditional looking props to a mummified cat, it boasts an impressive collection of the autographs of every actor who has ever played Dracula in a Hollywood movie.

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          National Museum of Funeral History, Houston

            Unlike the Museum of Death, the National Museum of Funeral History deals with the subject of death with a little more compassion and decorum. It explores the history of how humans have dealt with death and the dead, from Ancient Egypt to Modern times. Whether you’re interested in the practicalities of embalming of the more emotional aspects of 19th century mourning customs, this museum is both broad and deep.

            Glore Psychiatric Museum, Missouri

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              Winner of the tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, The Glore Psychiatric Museum chronicles centuries of mental health treatment. If the subject matter weren’t disturbing enough, the creepy mannequins employed to demonstrate some of the treatments will creep you out. As well as displaying surgical tools, the museum boasts a collection of genuine artwork by mental illness sufferers, including the stitched needlework of a mute schizophrenic.

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              Sulabh International Toilet Museum, New Delhi

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                “Sanitation is more important than independence” — bet you didn’t know Gandhi said that! And since you know how strongly he felt about independence, that should give you some inkling as to how he felt about sanitation. In a country famous for its sanitation struggles, this museum is no place for toilet humour. The founder has grand ideals of reforming contemporary India and bringing dignity and health to the ‘untouchables’. The museum details the historic evolution of toilets from 2500BC to the modern day, including technology, customs and etiquettes.

                Salem Witch Museum

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                  As well as chronicling the Salem Witch Trials through thirteen unsettling life size stage sets, the museum takes it upon itself to detail the changing interpretations of witches over time, all the way up to witchcraft practice today. The museum invites you to experience the dark drama of the time with theatrical presentations and ‘stirring narration’ then make up your own mind about whether the Trials were only hearsay, innuendo and gossip.

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                  Roswell UFO Museum

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                    Perhaps a visit to this museum will make a believer out of doubters, with its photos, newspaper clippings and lifesize models of the little grey men with giant black eyes. Visitors are split between die hard conspiracy theorists who insist the museum proves the government cover up and those who just like the fact that a fake spaceship with alient models revs up every half an hour – and of course the gift shop.

                    Iceland Phallological Museum, Husavik

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                      Penises in jars. Lots and lots of penises in jars. Ever wonder what the penis of a polar bear looks like? Then this is the museum for you. The museum claims to have specimens from every mammal in the country – including homo sapiens. The founder of the museum’s fascination with phalluses was born when as a child he was given a bull’s penis for ‘whipping the animals’, and later when his colleagues would bring him whale penises to ‘tease’ him. Some people might foster some kind of trauma, but this guy started a museum.

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                      Featured photo credit: mal a la gorge/istolethetv via flickr.com

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                      Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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                      Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

                      Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

                      During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

                      But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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                      Simplify

                      I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

                      Absolutely.

                      And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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                      If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

                      • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
                      • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
                      • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

                      Be Mindful

                      You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

                      Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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                      Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

                      Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

                      Reflect

                      As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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                      Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

                      But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

                      So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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