Quiz: What is Art Anyway?: The Offbeat Museums Quiz: HowStuffWorks
What is Art Anyway?: The Offbeat Museums Quiz
By: Bambi Turner
4 Min Quiz
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For every museum out there dedicated to great works of art or historical treasures, there's another focused on something a little less mainstream ... like fruit, condiments or niche collectibles. Take our quiz to see how much you know about these offbeat, quirky and downright weird museums!
Which U.S. city is home to MOBA -- the Museum of Bad Art?
Founder Scott Wilson started his Museum of Bad Art in 1994 after pulling a truly terrible painting out of the trash. The Museum now boasts more than 600 pieces spread across multiple galleries around Boston, Massachusetts.
What everyday object is the focus of the Sulabh International Museum in Delhi?
Opened in 1992, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets has commodes dating from 3,000 BC to modern times. The exhibits are designed to draw attention to safe sanitation in a country where only around 50 percent of the population has a toilet in the home.
A museum in Avanos, Turkey has more than 16,000 specimens of this on display.
The Avanos Hair Museum is home to more than 16,000 locks of hair, all hanging out in the open in a creepy, cave-like room. For those who really, really like hair, there's also Leila's Hair Museum in Missouri, which features thousands of decorative wreaths and pieces of jewelry assembled from human hair.
This Prague museum has exhibits like the iron maiden and the Catalon garrote.
Prague's Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments has more than 100 exhibits, including 60 pieces of medieval torture equipment from the classic rack to a spiked interrogation chair.
A small museum in Burlingame, California, has more than 550 varieties of this classic collectible.
The Museum of PEZ in California boasts candy dispensers featuring more than 550 characters. The Museum started as a computer store, but the owners switched to PEZ in 1995 when they realized that the colorful candy drew way more customers than any boring computer.
This Hormel headquarters has a museum dedicated to SPAM, everyone's favorite canned meat.
The first SPAM Museum opened at the Hormel headquarters in Austin, Minnesota, in 1991, and has expanded several times since then, moving to a brand new space in 2016. The Museum features a 12-foot SPAM rocket and a children's play area.
More than 1,000 visitors a year tour the Vent Haven Museum, which is dedicated to this craft.
Located in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, the Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum opened in 1973 and now houses over 800 of the life-like dolls. The Museum also hosts an annual convention for more than 600 professional and amateur ventriloquists.
What will you find if you visit the Iceland Phallological Museum?
The Iceland Phallological Museum is home to more than 200 penises and penis parts, with 46 different mammals represented, including 16 different types of whale. Despite the bizarre nature of the exhibits, more than 12,000 visitors per year stop by to take a look.
Which state is home to a museum dedicated to barbed wire?
The Barbed Wire Museum in Kansas has more than 2,400 samples of the devil's rope dating back to 1870. It also houses a Barbed Wire Hall of Fame and a library for those who take this stuff very seriously.
Leeds Castle in Kent, England has a museum dedicated to this seemingly mundane subject.
At Leeds Castle, an annual half a million visitors can view more than 100 dog collars, some dating back more than 500 years.
Which of these museums has exhibits related to Bigfoot and similar creatures?
The International Cryptozoology Museum in Maine is dedicated to the world of cryptids -- creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster whose existence isn't exactly supported by mainstream science.
A modest museum in Southport, England features one of these items, which once belonged to Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Do you just love lawn care? Head for the British Lawnmower Museum in Southport, England, which features more than 300 exhibits, including machines once owned by celebs like Charles and Diana or Brian May of Queen.
A German museum dedicated to this food welcomed its one millionth visitor in 2004.
The Museum of Bread Culture opened in Germany in 1955 to preserve and display the 6,000-year history of bread production around the world. Within 50 years, more than one million visitors had come by to loaf around and check out the displays.
What's unusual about the sculptures at Cancun's Museo Subacuatico de Arte?
Opened in 2009, Cancun's Underwater Museum now has more than 500 sculptures, many of which are modeled after local people. To get a glimpse, visitors can scuba dive or take a glass-bottom boat tour.
Where is the world's largest collection of salt and pepper shakers located?
A search for the perfect pepper mill led to the creation of a museum containing more than 20,000 sets of shakers and 1,500 pepper mills in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 2001.
What state is home to the International UFO Museum and Research Center?
Where else but New Mexico -- home of a mysterious and otherworldly "incident" in 1947 -- would anyone think to open an International UFO Museum and Research Center, which documents all things out of this world?
In 1976, a man named Ken Bannister opened a California museum dedicated to this fruit.
Located near the Salton Sea in California, the International Banana Museum features more than 20,000 banana-related items. If you need a break from viewing the exhibits, have a seat at the bar and enjoy a nice banana milkshake or float.
What's so unusual about Tribeca's The Museum?
Housed in a freight elevator in a Tribeca alleyway, The Museum can hold only around three people at a time and houses such varied exhibits as plastic vomit and bulletproof backpacks.
What state is home to the International Clown Hall of Fame?
Dedicated to the art of clowning, the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin, features portraits, costumes and props designed to elicit laughs -- or fear, if you're coulrophobic.
In 2010, more than 30,000 visited a Connecticut museum dedicated to this odd subject.
The Garbage Museum opened in Connecticut in 1994 and featured a 34-foot-high Trash-O-Saurus. Sadly, the place closed in 2011, but not before entertaining more than 30,000 people the previous year.
Which of these are you most likely to see at the Meguro Parasitological Museum?
The Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo opened in 2003 and houses more than 300 specimens of creepy parasites like tapeworms, ticks and fleas.
The Museum of Towing is located in this city, close to where the first tow truck was built by the Ernest Holmes Company.
The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is home to both antique towing and recovery equipment, honoring stars in the industry. A Wall of the Fallen is dedicated to towing professionals who've lost their lives on the job.
There's a museum dedicated to this oddity in Seattle's Pike Place Market.
Tucked inside of the Old Seattle Paperworks at the Pike Place Market, museum fans will find a small display dedicated to giant shoes.
Barney Smith of San Antonio, Texas, maintains a museum dedicated to art made out of these.
Though he promised his wife he'd stop at 500, Smith has created more than 1,200 works of art out of toilet seats as of early 2017.
Where can you visit a museum dedicated to metal lunchboxes?
In Columbus, Georgia, fans of the midday meal can visit the Lunchbox Museum. Cultivated by Allen Woodall Jr., the collection consists of more than 1,000 classic metal lunchboxes, many of which feature classic characters from TV and film.
What will you find in the museum at 141 Wooster Street in New York?
Located at 141 Wooster Street in Soho, the New York Earth room contains 280,000 pounds of dirt piled 22 inches high. It may sound like a modern, temporary thing, but the room full of dirt has been in place since 1977.
What Dr. Seuss home state also houses a museum in his honor?
Springfield, Massachusetts, constructed The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss for hometown hero Theodor Geisel, creator of cats in hats and the delectable combo of green eggs and ham.
More than 80,000 people a year visit a Keswick, England museum dedicated to this seemingly mundane item.
More than 80,000 visitors each year head for the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick to gawk at a 26-foot pencil and other pencil-related exhibits. The museum has been going strong since 1981, even as pens and computers encroached on the pencil's market share.
A man named Barry Levenson opened a museum dedicated to this condiment in 1991.
Mustard lovers rejoice! The National Mustard Museum in Wisconsin boasts more than 5,500 varieties of the yellow stuff from more than 70 different countries.
When did Houston's National Museum of Funeral History open?
Opened in 1992, the Houston-based Museum of Funeral History focuses on vintage hearses and burial technology, past and present. Need even more macabre? Head to New Orleans or California to visit one of the branches of the Museum of Death, which focuses on all things afterlife.
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