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Dec
30

5 Offbeat Museums You’ll Want To Visit

For a while there, lots of people had enough of museums. They were associated with education, filling your brain with “useless” knowledge, and stuffy field trips that nobody really wanted to go on. Few people could count themselves as museum nuts, and many museums stood neglected and rarely visited, their showcase pieces collecting dust. In recent years, however — as millennials take a greater interest in intellectualism and the offbeat — museums have been reevaluated. No longer are they considered stuffy or boring, with many people killing time in art museums and galleries of the odd. Furthermore, there has been greater emphasis placed on raising money to keep museums funded and up to date. Many people have to come to realize, as well, that it’s easier to have fun at a museum — while saving money — versus pursuing expensive past-times. Many museums allow free admission, or admission through donations, making them perfect for those who are looking for something to do that doesn’t involve spending cash.

Nowadays, we also have more museums to choose from than ever. If art museums aren’t your style, you might want to consider visiting a museum on fine dining, or even circuses. Should you decide to forego a more academic museum, there are those that focus on sports, and even car racing. While you may now associate museum-visiting for fun with being a bit of a geek, there are so many different topics to choose from if you’re looking to go to a museum. Still, if you’re planning to go museum-hopping — whether you’re making it a part of your upcoming vacation or simply wanting to find a way to spend time in your own hometown — you might want to make a plan about what to visit first, and when. You definitely won’t want to hit the same old science and art museums; and as we’ve made clear, you don’t have to. Let’s look into some of the more out of the ordinary museums available for your enjoyment.

1. The Avanos Hair Museum

If you’re used to the typical education museums and art museums, you probably haven’t heard about the Avanos Hair Museum before. Nonetheless, it’s definitely worth the day trip if you’re ever near Avanos, Turkey. Avanos isn’t like New York City or Los Angeles — if you aren’t in the area, you probably aren’t making a specific trip to the town. However, it does have a main claim to fame, which is its pottery and ceramics. Despite that, the Avanos Hair Museum has more recently become a center of attention in the area. Some wouldn’t necessarily consider it a traditional museum, but it’s nonetheless a tourist attraction. A pottery center and guest house, the Avanos Hair Museum is the site at which countless women have left locks of hair. Allegedly started when a potter was saying goodbye to a friend of his — receiving a lock of hair so that he had something to remember her by — a trend started, with female visitors to the potter leaving their hair behind after hearing the story. It’s almost become a communal tradition, with the museum now host to locks of hair donated by women from around the globe — over 160,000 of them, according to the last count. If you want to become a part of it, there are always scissors on hand for those who want to leave their hair behind!

2. The Momofuku Instant Ramen Museum

The kinds of marble statues that you would find at your average art museum are, of course, rather beautiful. But not all of us like to see those types of pieces. Some of us like to see something a bit less traditional in museums — and the Momofuku Instant Ramen Museum is definitely home to pieces that are a bit different from the traditional. Also known as the CupNoodles Museum, it’s found in Ikeda, in Japan’s Osaka Prefecture, and was started by — you guessed it — Momofuku Ando. Known as the inventor of instant noodles, the businessman wanted to celebrate the product that made his fortune — and he most certainly did that! Certainly, you can still consider the Momofuku Instant Ramen Museum an educational museum; it’s simply more educational about the food industry, while art museums and natural history museums are more like the usual academic museums that everyone expects. Admission is free at the museum, and there you can look at museums informing visitors about instant ramen’s history, as well as how it is made. There is also a sister museum in Yokohama. Both museums offer visitors the ability to experience making fresh instant ramen noodles, though you do have to make reservations ahead of time to take part. Furthermore, they can also assemble their own Cup Noodles. This allows people to make a traditional meal, but catered specifically to their own tastes. It’s definitely perfect for any big ramen or Cup Noodles fan!

3. The Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets

The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets isn’t going to be for everyone — and if you’re more of the type of person to prefer art museums, it might be a bit different from what you’re used to. However, if you have an interest in plumbing — or simply a taste of the wacky — it might just be for you! This particular museum is located in New Delhi, India — which is bigger than the cities we’ve discussed previously. Pinned as one of the weirdest museums in the world, it chronicles the international history of toilets and sanitation. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the museum’s founder, actually began the museum in order to address the issues surrounding sanitation in India. But it took off from there, with exhibits now focusing on 50 different countries. The timeline that the museum covers stretches from 3000 B.C. to the late twentieth century, and it’s categorized in to Ancient, Medieval, and Modern. It includes everything from Victorian water closets, a variety of toilet seats, and even information on how astronauts use the bathroom while in space. Again, this isn’t the type of museum that everyone is used to, and if you bring the wrong crowd around they may very well end up more disgusted than impressed. But the Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets takes a serious, if interesting approach to its subject matter. If you’re interested in going off the beaten path when museum hopping, this one is a definitely must-visit.

4. The Museum Of Broken Relationships

Well — if you’re going through a bad breakup, or considering divorce, the Museum of Broken Relationships might not seen like the best idea at the moment. On the other hand, it could possibly be exactly what you need to get over your relationship. And if you’re interested in relationships in general, or the psychology behind them, it could be right up your alley. The Museum of Broken Relationships, with a site in Los Angeles and a site in Zagreb, Croatia is crowdfunded and makes itself unique by being both physical and virtual. You can visit either of the museums in person, or go online to browse through its collections from a distance. The museums are full of different tokens and trinkets from relationships past, with the goal being to celebrate actual museums. Theoretically, any who has gone through a breakup can donate to the museum. It’s not so much meant to be a way of gawking at couples who broke up, as it is a way to celebrate relationships and love in general, even after they’re over. In a way, it could be considered among the most unique art museums in the world. Of course, you don’t have to share a particular physical item if you don’t feel ready to do so; you can also share your story, anonymously or otherwise. The Museum of Broken Relationships is essentially acknowledging that relationships do end, even when love is present. Another benefit of the museum is that it can, essentially, let people whose parents perhaps divorced when they were young children, experience a sort of catharsis. This can be hugely beneficial if broken relationships have negatively affected you in a permanent way. With that being said, these museums are still being developed — right now, you may very well want to take the opportunity to contribute to the museum. You can be a part of it, rather than a mere spectator the way you would be with science and art museums. It’s definitely not the type of interaction that we’re often used to with a museum experience, and most of us aren’t lucky enough to take part in truly building a collection. You may find that it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity — if you’re vulnerable enough to share.

5. The Museum Of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art is unlike any kind of art museum you’ve ever seen before. Found in Massachusetts, the museum is not without its fair share of controversy. Unlike, say, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has a grand collection cared by 17 different curatorial departments, the Museum of Bad Art is home to art that is… well, not very well done. Some wouldn’t consider it art at all, while other suggest that the art museum’s categorizing of its pieces as “bad” is anti-art. However, the founders have always maintained that this is the type of art museum meant to celebrate an artist’s right to fail. Just like a traditional art museum, it details the pieces’ mediums, as well as where they came from, how they were acquired, and their potential symbolic significance. The museum has long been sited as a Massachusetts highlight, though it has moved locations a few different times over the years. The descriptions of the works have been known to send visitors into hysterical laughter, and a few of the works have actually become famous over time. Among the more notable works in the Museum of Bad Art are “Lucy in the Field with Flowers”, which was the first work acquired by the museum, and was in fact taken out of the trash. Amazingly, the subject’s granddaughter actually noticed the piece in a newspaper, and identified the subject as her grandmother. It’s quite remarkable that the Museum of Bad Art is able to make moments like these happen; other notable pieces, like “Bone-Juggling Dog in Hula Skirt” and “Sunday on the Pot with George” have driven interest in the museum. It may not seem like the typical art museum that would draw a critic’s eye. But the equal parts respect and mockery with which the works are treated have done much to contribute to the museum’s noteworthiness.

There are so many reasons why you should visit a museum. You don’t necessarily have to put on your thinking cap before going to one — you can relax there, and devote yourself to learning about something that you may not have paid much attention to previously. All of that being said, you should try to do your best to go off the beaten path the next time you go to a museum. Not only is it a great way for you to break from your usual routine; it’s also a way for your to benefit museums that sometimes don’t get the attention they deserve. The next time you go to an offbeat museum you love, tell people! You would be amazed by what good word of mouth can do for a museum’s reputation.

Apr
10

Finding a Fine Gift for A Friend or Daughter

Giving gifts and buying trinkets dates far back, further than the written word, probably. In any case, today’s gift-giving is as robust as ever, and anyone can find unique gifts online to give to a friend or family member for nearly any occasion. These fun little unique gifts online don’t have to be cheap, either, as in a cast-off item. Great gifts of fine quality can be found for a fair price for anyone, and little gift ideas may be ideal for girls and young women. Ideas for little gifts are pretty wide and can suit all kinds of tastes. A person may even research unique gifts online if they want, and sites such as Instagram or Pinterest may be helpful places to find some ideas. Good ideas for gifts may be just a click away, and of course more personal and sentimental gifts are possible, too. Unique gifts online are just waiting to be bought.

Gift Giving Today

There are studies and surveys being done to see how often Americans give gifts, and for what occasion and how muc

Apr
08

Kick Off Your Shoes And Relax With A Glass, Or Two, Of Wine

Nothing beats coming home after a long day of work and opening that bottle of rare wine you have not had the time to enjoy. And you can’t beat a delicious, but fancy, homemade meal with a glass of fine red wine or fine white wine, depending on the meal. It can add another layer of taste to a meal, like a tasty garnish. Ever since the discovery of wine in the Middle East 6000 years ago, people continue to buy rare wines for special occasions or just for the sake of having.

White or Red: What Is The Difference?

The process of white wine involves the use of white grapes, without skins and seeds, and yeast. While red wine, if its name has not already given it away, uses darker grapes like red and black; the skin of the grapes are kept. The difference is really in its taste; white wines tend to have fruitier flavors while red wines are richer but somewhat drier. Regardless of the arbitrary differences

Mar
30

Considering The Growing Popularity Of Escape Rooms

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends on a weekend night, you should consider going to an escape room. After all, it’s likely that there are a number of different escape rooms in your area, as escape rooms of all types have been growing quite immensely in recent years. And for the popularity that escape rooms have been able to generate, they are really quite new, all things considered.

In fact, the escape room only ever came into being back in the year of 2007, which was only just ten years in the past. Though escape rooms first originated in the country of Japan, they have quickly spread all throughout the world as we know it – after all, escape room locations can now be found in as many as 75 different countries, a number that is only growing as time passes on. Here in the United States, you’ll be able to find escape rooms with quite a bit of ease, especially when you compare this to the prevalence of Continue Reading | No Comments

Mar
25

Escape Rooms The Brain Child Of Trust Falls

Imagine you are on a business trip with a few coworkers as well as your boss or the leader of the group. He or she brings you to a strange building that looks suspiciously like a haunted house you went through as a kid. Everyone walk inside, including yourself, and then you hear the doors lock behind you. You are now trapped in an escape room!

Do not panic! It is just a game; a team building game that is catching traction. The United States had 22 escape rooms in 2014 but that number has skyrocketed to 2,000, according to the Spiras. An escape room, in this context, is simply a role-playing game that requires the participants to solve the mystery of the room in order to be set free and, of course, your life is not being threatened in any way. The ending result, hopefully, is that the party participating will bond, and by bonding, a company could reduce 85 percent of its workplace failures by improving the frequencies of collaboration and effective communication. This can lead to f

Mar
24

How art can make a difference in the recovery process

Art can be found in homes, offices, and businesses around the world. There are a number of different kinds of art that can be created and personalized for the business in question and each has its own benefits. Many types of art can make people feel better, brighten their spirits and create a relaxing atmosphere and an inviting environment for guests and patients in facilities.

The most important part of creating a warm and inviting environment is making the facility feel like home. When your at home the walls are usually decorated with all types of pictures, wall decals, photography, and more. By taking gorgeous pieces of art that remind you of home and hanging them within a facility you can truly change the feel of the entire place. Living in a facility that feels and looks like a facility can be stressful and depressing. Imagine being placed in a drab doctors office and being forced to live with the boring white walls for life. You would feel like you were stuck in a medical f

Mar
23

Provide Recognition and Appreciation Through the Gift of Crystal Plaques

Plaques are often very frequently given as gifts of certification or recognition, or a certain award for winning an event or competition. Some of these may be as fancy as crystal plaques that serve as glamorous gifts or trophies, while others may just be the basic wood or engraved plaques that you hand on the wall. Any of them hold a great deal of value, but they all point to different levels of importance based upon the recognition that they provide.

Use of Crystal for Plaques and Other Gifts

One of the unique references to crystal is that it is the traditional symbol for a 15th wedding anniversary. It provides an image of sparkling clarity, and can also be used to create unique gifts for others. These may include valuable graduation gifts, retirement gifts, personalized crystal gifts, and many others. With so many symbols of recognition and care, there is much to appreciate with the use

Mar
23

The Benefits of 1000 Piece Puzzles and All Others

The 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle is only one of the many that provide entertainment and educational value to everyone. Puzzles are available in levels from easy puzzles to tough puzzles, including many different images and styles. Puzzles are also one of the oldest forms of mental and physical activity, while they also provide a number of benefits to the mind and body.

The 1000 PC Size Puzzle and More

You most likely completed different levels of puzzles while you were growing up, especially as an activity during early childhood. You may also remember some of the ticks that made them easier, even when they were supposed to be extremely difficult. There are also different sizes available, from the 100 piece puzzle to the 200 or 300 piece puzzles and much more. For those of us that enjoyed the challenge of taking on harder tasks, there are the 750 piece puzzles, 1000 pc puzzles and much, much more than that. Sometimes it is incredible to see the puzzles that spread the entire f

Feb
11

Taking Advantage Of The Next Autumn Season Here In The United States

The autumn season is an undeniably popular one here in the United States. As a matter of fact, the autumn season is actually the most popular season of all, at least within this country. The data backs this up, showing that more than one quarter of all people living here (around 29% of them, to be just a little bit more exact) actually prefer the autumn season over all of the other seasons that are experienced throughout the year.

After all, there are many reasons to love the autumn season. For one thing, the typical autumn season in many parts of this country will provide a welcome relief from the sweltering heat of the summer months. The autumn season is often ideal for spending time outside for while it can grow cold near the end of it, the frigidness of the winter months has not yet set in. This makes being outside during autumn months still very much enjoyable for most people here in the United States, though the exact weather that each autumn season includes will vary among

Feb
07

Why You Should Consider Learning How To Dance

From ballroom dance lessons in Natick MA to salsa dance lessons in Burlington, there are many kinds of dance found not only all throughout the United States, but truly all throughout the world as a whole. After all, the art of dance and the means of dance as a tool for expression has been around for centuries at this point, though dance has evolved quite a bit in this time.

And people dance for many different kinds of reasons. Dancing such as ballroom dancing is even hugely competitive for many a person, with competitions held in this type of dance not only just here in the United States, but in as many as 30 other countries around the world as a whole as well. And though ballroom dancing is not actually a part of the Olympic Games, competitive ballroom dancing has become serious enough to be recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

Of course, not all dancing is competitive. Some people might take Continue Reading | No Comments