Famous Art Galleries and Museums Around The World to Visit

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Top 10 Incredible Art Galleries and Museums in the World to Visit Before you die- Best Contemporary Art Museums in the World
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Top 10 Incredible Art Galleries and Museums in the World to Visit Before you die- Best Contemporary Art Museums in the World

What comes to your mind when planning to visit famous art galleries or museums?

Obviously, those high buildings with flaunting cultures and shiny mantelpieces images conjure up in the mind.

But wait! What if we tell you about some of the quirkiest and bizarre art galleries and museums around the world for your next visit?

It is difficult to define what makes art galleries and museums the “best”. An art gallery should have the ability to challenge the past continually.

Some of the galleries made in the previous years are losing their importance in the fast-paced culture. There is a need to revive these old cultures with the new ones.

But today we have plenty of art galleries and museums which are not the shimmering beacon of high culture.

Such buildings are in fact are wonderfully paying weird tributes to bizarre artefacts and specific topics.

And some are focusing more on the exotic aspects of the world.

LET US LOOK AT BIZARRE, OUTRAGEOUS AND OFFBEAT ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS AROUND THE WORLD WHICH ARE WORTH A VISIT!

  1. MUSEUM OF BAD ART- UNITED STATES
  2. BARNEY SMITH’S TOILET SEAT ART MUSEUM- SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
  3. CORN PALACE- SOUTH DAKOTA
  4. THE SAATCHI GALLERY- LONDON
  5. THE DOG COLLAR MUSEUM- ENGLAND
  6. AVANOS HAIR MUSEUM- TURKEY
  7. TATE MODERN- LONDON
  8. MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS- CROATIA
  9. MATCHSTICK MARVELS MUSEUM- USA
  10. BEIJING TAPWATER MUSEUM- CHINA

 

1. MUSEUM OF BAD ART- UNITED STATES

The founder of the museum, Scott Wilson, has dedicated this one to the celebration of bad art.

He rescued a painting Lucy in the Field with Flowers from two garbage cans. This led him to launch a museum wholly dedicated to the bad art in all forms.

 

 

“It is the only museum for collecting and exhibiting the worst.”

The museum does not collect art created by children or factory produced art.

 

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It has its own 3 galleries in Massachusetts. The museum has been mentioned in hundreds of international publications and magazines.

The interest in “bad art” highlights today’s interest of people more in modern art.

TIMINGS: 4 PM to 10 PM (ALL DAYS OPEN)

 

2. BARNEY SMITH’S TOILET SEAT ART MUSEUM- SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

The 97-year-old artist Barney Smith has turned some of the ceramic basins into a creative landscape.

He has the largest collection of toilet seat art in the world.

 

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He spent a large part of his years fixing toilets and basins and created some of the best art exhibitions out of it.

The museum is actually built in his garage.

People can visit here but only after a prior appointment. The pieces for display are not for sale in this weird art museum.

The toilet seats have the objects which Smith has collected over the years. It includes stamps, horseshoes, arrowheads, railroad spikes and much more!

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The embellished toilet seats are worth a watch!

TIMINGS: 1 PM to 3 PM (BOOK APPOINTMENTS IN ADVANCE) ALL DAYS OPEN

 

3. CORN PALACE- SOUTH DAKOTA

The Corn Palace has become a popular tourist destination with 500000 people visiting each year.

The structure of the building is fascinatingly made from corn and other grains.

 

 

Every year the palace is decorated with NEW CORN. They use different colors of corns to adorn the palace like black, brown, orange, white, blue, calico, green and yellow.

The palace is a popular venue for festivals and concerts with carnival rides and vendors who bring corn produce and the best produce get an award.

 

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The annual corn festival is worth a watch!

TIMINGS: 8 AM TO 5 PM (ALL DAYS OPEN)

 

4. THE SAATCHI GALLERY- LONDON

Opened by Charles Saatchi, this gallery in London is devoted to contemporary art.

It is one of the best galleries in London which is tucked away and a little known. Here you can see some of the best and exciting art of London.

 

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The artists’ work showcased at the gallery is unknown to the general public as well the world of art.

The prices of entering the gallery are reasonable and one can have a good time at the gallery. You might also get a chance to chat with the artists.

 

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The Royal Academy and the Royal College of Art conduct exhibitions by artists whose names pop up in such galleries.

TIMINGS: 10 AM to 6 PM (ALL DAYS OPEN)

 

5. THE DOG COLLAR MUSEUM- ENGLAND

This is the worlds only Dog Collar Museum built in England.

You will find this museum at Leeds Castle.

 

 

The castle’s last owner Lady Baillie had a huge love for dogs and this led to the creation of the museum. You will find a historic dog collars collection with more than 130 rare and valuable collars.

 

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Some of the dog collars have iron spikes which were meant to protect the dog from the attack on the throat.

Dog collars with scribbles can be seen on the collars of the 18th century.

Not only collars, but you will also find dog accessories like puppy attire which will take you on a journey to the canine accessories from medieval times.

TIMINGS:  10 AM to 4:30 PM (ALL DAYS OPEN)

 

6. AVANOS HAIR MUSEUM- TURKEY

At the Avanos hair museum, you will explore the world’s largest collection of hair.

This hair collection has been gathered from more than 16,000 women. This quirky museum is in the form of a small cave containing hair samples with the names and addresses of the women.

This weird museum is the creation of a talented potter Chez Galip to increase the enrollments in his pottery workshops.

As a woman visitor, you will be allowed to snip off a lock of your hair and attach them to a card with name and address.

 

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The interesting part of visiting the museum is that top 10 winning hair samples owners will get a free week-long stay in the connected guest house.

Also, you can attend free workshops on pottery.

TIMINGS: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM  (ALL DAYS OPEN)

 

7. TATE MODERN- LONDON

Located in London, Tate Modern is a modern art gallery which holds British art since the year 1900 to the present day.

It holds the famous reputation on the list of the world’s famous art galleries.

 

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It is also among the most visited museums of the world. The building of the museum is simply magnificent.

The artworks are arranged with a theme in each room mixing chronology and periods. The museum gets 4 million visitors per year.

 

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The museum can be assessed with regular passenger boat services which connect Tate Modern with Tate Britain.

There is a café, a restaurant, and a bar and also a members’ room. Works are sometimes displayed in the restaurant and members’ room also.

TIMINGS: 10 AM to 6 PM (ALL DAYS OPEN)

 

8. MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS- CROATIA

Have you recently broken up with your loved one? Have your parents abandon you as a child?

Then there is no need to store the memories of your failed relationships.

 

 

There is a museum in Croatia where souvenirs of a broken heart are displayed for visitors. Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubistic founded such museum in the year 2006.

Since then they have received over 1000s of submissions for their museum.

The stories are not concerned only with failed marriages and broken love relationships. Here people have submitted the token of separation from their parents as well.

 

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Besides this, you will get some amazing Croatian food, beautiful architecture, street art and cost friendly transportation services for tourists

TIMINGS: 9 AM to 9 PM (ALL DAYS OPEN)

 

9. MATCHSTICK MARVELS MUSEUM- USA

Iowan artist Patrick Action is the creator of the museum. He is an undisputed genius in making life-size models using matchsticks.

 

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He has created the dozens of wooden models of the famous buildings using only matchsticks. His creation is now for public view in the museum.

One can really spend more than half an hour or an hour to see the highly detailed miniature of the buildings.

 

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Patrick has used millions of matchsticks and gallons of glue to create such highly scaled models.

Many of his work has historical significance like the Wright Brothers’ flyer, USS Iowa Battleship and many more.

You can also have a glance at the tools and equipment used in the creation of such masterpieces.

TIMINGS: 1 PM to 5 PM  (ALL DAYS OPEN)

 

10. BEIJING TAPWATER MUSEUM- CHINA

Beijing Tap water Museum is one of the incredible museums in the world.

This museum was a former pipe- house in the centre of Beijing which has now been converted to a museum.

 

 

The collection here is dedicated to ins and outs of the tap water. This place is worth a visit.

Here one can also look at the miniature tap water filtration system. The museum has an original engine room and remains of water collection pool. This place will give you a glance at how water was purified and then distributed around Beijing.

It has now become one of the most unusual places in the world for the tourists to visit.

Tourists can learn a lot about the development of the tap water system via pictures and exhibits

TIMINGS: 9 AM to 4 PM  (WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY)

 

These are the top listed art galleries and museums which we find quirky and a must visit this year!

Tell us some of your favourite art galleries and museums which you find the weird of all in the comments section.  

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