Unique American Museums - Travel Guide
A museum is a wonderland filled with a myriad of marvels and rarities. It is both educational and entertaining, a great place where children and adults can learn things together. The following are some of the most unique museums in America where you can learn about American history, art, science, etc. If you want to make your free time or vacation more worthwhile, visit some of these museums. There is no better brain nutrient than knowledge.
The humongous guitar in this picture is actually a three-story building that houses a precious collection of rare musical instruments from around the world. Joe Morrel built this museum in 1983 to encourage the new generations to learn about regional musical heritage.
House of Frankenstein Wax Museum
Lake George, New York
The House of Frankenstein is outstandingly different from other wax museums. It is in fact a museum and a haunted house at the same time. The monsters and creatures in this museum are not quite dead. They weep. They laugh. They groan. They whisper into your ears. And sometimes they scream! This realm of the immortals is not recommended for wimpy scaredy-cats.
Elizabeth Tashjian's Nut Museum
Old Lyme, Connecticut
This is a great art museum for people who love to see exquisite artworks that are made from something so primitive and small like nuts. The museum displays over 100 nut masks, sculptures, nutcrackers and all kinds of art pieces about nuts. Elizabeth Tashjian, its creator, once said to her visitors, "Eve gave Adam a nut, not an apple."
The American Museum of Fly Fishing
At this museum, you can learn everything about fly fishing history dating back to the 16th century, not only as a kind of sport, but also as an art form and industry. The museum exhibits manuscripts, photographs and all types of tools for fly fishing.
Old Slave Mart Museum
Charleston, South Carolina
This place was constructed in 1859, not originally as a museum, but a slave auction market where plantation owners came to shop for African slaves, their main source of labor. It was used for this purpose until the Civil War ended, and slavery was abolished. In 1938, the Slave Mart property was purchased by Miriam B. Wilson, who transformed this horrific human-trade site into an African American museum of history, arts and crafts. Inside, we can still find a number of sales rooms, a kitchen, a jail where slaves were held before being sold, and a morgue.
Schmidt's Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia
This is an awesome little museum where you can quench your curiosity with the history and tradition of America's most popular soft drink. Mr. Schmidt and his wife started to collect Coca Cola memorabilia as a hobby. They received no corporate support at all, but that did not stop them from housing this largest privately-owned collection of Coke souvenirs in the world.
Salem Witch Museum
North Salem, Massachusetts
In Salem, during the late 17th century, people's lives were threatened by things like a small pox epidemic, attacks by Indian tribes and a rivalry with nearby colonies. As a result, the town was plagued with fear and mass hysteria. People called out names and accused their fellow townsmen of participating in witchcraft. Over 100 people were brought to trial and executed. This history museum will bring you back to Salem 1692 by dramatizing the Salem witch tragedy with human-size figures, artistic lighting and an exciting narration.
National Atomic Museum
Albuquerque, New Mexico
If you are interested in nuclear science and history, this museum is a place you can't fail to visit. Being the nation's only congressionally chartered museum, its goal is to educate visitors how nuclear science was developed and how it has continued to influence the world. The main subjects of the exhibition are "pioneers of nuclear science", "radiation in the world around you", "the Manhattan project", "nuclear medications", and "the history of arms control". Plus there is a special corner called "Little Al's Lab" where inquisitive learners can have a first-hand experience with scientific activities.
Wyandot Popcorn Museum
Some people may say that this museum is just silly, but I think it is uniquely cute! Founded in early 1982, the Wyandot Popcorn Museum houses the largest collection of restored antique popcorn poppers and peanut roasters. As you step into this kingdom of popcorn, you will hear the sounds of chugging and popping, and smell the mouthwatering aroma of popcorn and peanuts in the air. The best thing is FREE popcorn is served daily!
More Travel Guides and Tips
- Best Mom-and-Pop Restaurants in Sacramento, California
- Graveyard Photography - Spooky Art at Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
- Romantic Ocean Beaches in California - Travel Guide
- Sacramento Vacation - What NOT To Do
- Trash to Treasure - Unusual Attractions in Southern California
- Wise Villa Winery - A Good Stop Near Sacramento
More by this Author
Whether you're a sophisticated wine drinker or just wine curious, you've got to give this winery a visit. Seriously, it's a little wine heaven.
MUST-SEE "garbage wonderlands" that might change your perspective of value forever.
The article explores the history and philosophy of the Japanese rock garden, in addition to giving step-by-step instructions on how to design and build one.