Five offbeat international museums

by Shilpa Raina
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Continuing from where we had left, the second and the final part of our museum series will take you on a whirlwind tour of museums across the world that feature some unexpected but interesting masterpieces. So, together, let’s change the perception that museums are boring. They are documentation of our everyday life, of things surrounding us and our living culture. Happy reading.
Museum of Bad Art, United States
museum of bad Art 1From portraiture to landscape, this museum has everything that shouldn’t have been made in the first attempt. And, if it had been, artists shouldn’t have dared to showcase it. They aren’t masterpieces gone wrong, but pieces that even you can create. So, do visit this place and have a hearty laugh. The museum started in the basement of a private room and now it is grown and boasts of a collection of over 600 works. And, if there someone whose unworthy art is lying in the dust, the museum is open for these ‘worthy’ donations. It was first established in 1994 and has now three branches across Massachusetts.
Museum of Bread Culture, Germany
Well, who thoughts baked bread could be a thing of curiosity for viewers? Two gentlemen — Willy Eiselen and his son Hermann Eiselen did. They were among the leading suppliers to the bakery trade. The two entrepreneurs founded this museum in 1955 as an association. The unique museum is dedicated to the 6,000-year history of bread as an indispensable basis of human culture and civilization. The museum is located in Salzstadel, a historic storehouse in the center of Ulm.
Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Japan

Love ramen? Then next time when you are in Japan don’t miss out going to this museum. Dedicated to the creator of the instant ramen noodle, Momofuku Ando and to instant and cup noodles too. The museum, located in Ikeda in Osaka, also has an instant ramen workshop allowing visitors to make their own fresh instant noodles. Reservations should be made in advance to enjoy this activity.
Siriraj Medical Museum (Museum of Death), Thailand

Hidden away on the busy streets of Bangkok, Thailand, is a little museum that is equal parts fascinating and nightmarish. It is known for its graphic display of objects and is not meant for faint-hearted people. Don’t believe us? Well then, from hemorrhaged brains, severed and mutilated legs and arms, lungs cut up by deep knife wounds and skulls punctured by bullets are displayed at the museum. However, it is a valuable resource for medical professionals and students and trust us, it is one of the country’s most popular destinations.
Museum of Enduring Beauty, Malaysia
We all know the adage, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Since popular media and culture often help us shape our idea of beauty alongside the typical stereotypical notions of beauty that fuel different culture, this museum acts as a house of unlearning and re-learning our perceptions about beauty. Constructed in the 1960s, the museum exhibits the standard of beauty since ancient until modern times. It also displays different concepts of beauty as practiced by different cultures. Among those different beauty concepts are skin tattooing, lip stretching by round discs insertion, tooth feeling, sacrification, head molding into oval shapes and feet growth restricting.

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