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Unique American Museums - Travel Guide

Updated on June 21, 2013

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 Grand Guitar Museum
The Grand Guitar Museum

Grand Guitar

Bristol, Tennessee

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."

American Museum of Fly Fishing
American Museum of Fly Fishing

The American Museum of Fly Fishing

Manchester, Vermont

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
Old Slave Mart Museum

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.

Coca Cola Memoraberia
Coca Cola Memoraberia

Schmidt's Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia

Elizabethtown, Kentucky

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
Salem Witch Museum

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
National Atomic Museum

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.

Popcorn Museum
Popcorn Museum

Wyandot Popcorn Museum

Marion, Ohio

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!


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  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    13 years ago

    Hi, glassvisage. Thanks for dropping by. I want to go to the Salem Witch Museum also. The House of Frankenstein might be a bit too scary for me. I know I'm such a wimp. :-)

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    13 years ago from Northern California

    I wanna go to the Frankenstein one. And maybe the Salem Witch one too :)

  • SweetiePie profile image


    13 years ago from Southern California, USA

    Sure just let me know when you are planning the trip!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    13 years ago

    Hi, sweetiepie. Thanks for stopping by. Are you interested in going there with us?

  • SweetiePie profile image


    13 years ago from Southern California, USA

    Grand Guitar museum is interesting for sure.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    13 years ago

    Yeah, it's really cool. I like it too. When you come to the U.S., let's ask funnebone to take us there. I think he can afford to take a few days off from the House of Frankenstein ;)

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    Tony Sky 

    13 years ago from London UK

    Lol @ "I thought you already lived in the House of Frankenstein" haha..

    The Grand Guitar Museum looks very cool! definitely unique!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    13 years ago

    You wanna see all these museums? I thought you already lived in the House of Frankenstein! ;) Just kidding. Thanks for your kind comments, my favorite bone.

  • funnebone profile image


    13 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

    That was very nice. Perhaps I will rent a winnebago and travel to see all of your museums. But when considering how much gas would cost, I may choose to just sit in the rv and read your hub over and over. Nice job.


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