1. City Museum - St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Based in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, USA, the City Museum may be a child’s dream come true with its abundance of tunnels, caves, and slides, but really the museum is fun for all ages. Its design is extremely unique, with features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and two abandoned planes, all from the city of St. Louis.
Below: A view of the museum’s outside arena, called Monstrosity, where people can climb up, slide down, or just relax, high above the ground.
Below: Shown here is the museum’s main staircase surrounded by alternative methods of going up and down – wire tunnels and a slide (very bottom). Inside, the museum is 4 levels of tunnels, caves, treehouses, exhibits, a skate park, a 10-story slide, a circus-like show, and more.
Britain’s first mainland open-air museum immerses you into the world of Scottish Highlanders, dating back to the 1700s. With over 30 historic buildings setting on a mile-long site, the Highland Folk Museum seems more like little preserved villages through time than an official attraction. Check out a video of the museum here and read more about the museum here.
Below: I wouldn’t mind being stuck in a museum all day if it meant views like this.
3. Museum of Bad Art - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Millions of people go to museums to see highly regarded art, and apparently now they go to see poorly regarded art, as well. The concept behind the Museum of Bad Art is incredibly unique - collecting and showing hundreds of pieces of art labeled as “bad.” But what makes art “bad”?
4. Ghibli Museum - Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan
As a museum dedicated to the work of Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, the Ghibli Museum combines a children’s museum, technology museum, fine arts museum, cafe, rooftop garden, and movie theater into one attraction. Though rather specific in substance, the Ghibli Museum gives fans of popular Japanese anime a unique museum experience.
Below: The museum was designed by Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki himself to reflect all of the studio’s film work, using European architecture as an additional influence.
5. MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) - Waters surrounding Cancún, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc; México
Started by Dr. Jaime Gonzalez Cano, local head of Mexico’s Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat (SEMARNAT), and sculptures created by Jason deCaires Taylor, British sculptor, this underwater museum serves a cool purpose. Not only does it feature incredible (and permanent) sculptures, but it helps to increase overall biomass of the reef system and habitat areas for marine life to colonize. Check out more of the museum here and more of Taylor’s work as an artist here.
Below: Over 1,000 artifacts are placed on the floor of the ocean off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, including the sculptures you see here, to be seen by divers and fish alike.
Below: “The Lost Correspondent” sculpture. (For the music gurus out there, you may recognise this picture as the album cover of Eddie Vedder’s “Ukelele Songs” album).
Which museum would you go to first if you could? Can you guess where we would go?