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Friday, December 24, 2010

America's Strangest Museums: A Traveler's Guide to the Most Unusual and Eccentric Collections by Sandra Gurvis



 As the title suggests, America's Strangest Museums: A Traveler's Guide to the Most Unusual and Eccentric Collections is a tour of more than 100 bizarre little museums people (and a few corporations) have set up across the USA ( and a couple in Canada). Some include:

-The Museum of Menstruation (started by a single man in his 50s)

-The Tooth Fairy Museum (now closed)

-The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices (closed now, unfortunately)

-Spam has a museum

-So does Combat, the bug spray company. They also have a contest in which you can send them dead roaches dressed up in dioramas.

-The Bull Hall of Fame.

Since I am a proud Hoosier, I'm pleased to note that Indiana offerings include:

-The Old Jail Museum in Crawfordsville

-The Dan Quayle Center and Museum in Huntington

-Drake's Midwest Phonograph Museum in Martinsville

-The Bird's Eye View Museum in Wakarusa.

My favorite is The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) in Massachusetts.

Anyway - fun book. Makes you wonder a bit about your fellow man and his collecting habits.
 
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.

This book can be found on Amazon here:
America's Strangest Museums: A Traveler's Guide to the Most Unusual and Eccentric Collections  

Reviewed in February of 2005.

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