The majority of the museums you will visit will either teach you about the country’s history or showcase significant pieces of art. Such museums may not be everyone’s cup of tea, however, it does not mean that you cannot find one that will not find interesting or funny to visit. Australia is home to dozens of unique museums that are focused on the most unusual topics or items – here are some of them.
Zilm family furniture at NMA
The National Museum of Australia covers a wide range of categories of items, from historical transportation methods to children’s toys. One of the more unusual collections you may find there is the Zilm family furniture. This collection consists of no more than four wooden chairs, one stool and a side table. As bizarre as that sounds, the items have a unique history of a German migrant family behind them, so it is much more interesting than you may initially think!
Yep, you read that right. Located in Richmond, Tasmania, the Pooseum is a museum that displays animal poop. Although it may sound weird or disgusting, the Pooseum is actually a highly educational and interesting attraction to visit! You will learn a lot about the way various animals poo to their advantage, unique ways farting helps wild animals, why not every poop smells nasty, and much more. Of course, the museum also offers a lot of funny installations, especially in the children’s area.
Museum of Human Disease
Those who have a weak stomach – perhaps skip this one. The Museum of Human Disease in Sydney offers a fascinating lesson on the mortality of human beings and what certain lifestyle choices look like in our bodies. The museum has nearly 1,500 diseased human tissue specimens, representing a variety of illnesses including tumours, tapeworms, typhoids, lungs of a smoking person, and lots more. If you are struggling to find the motivation to look after your own health, the Museum of Human Disease will do the job.
Museum of Fire
Located in Penrith, the Museum of Fire takes you to an intriguing world of fire and firefighting. The museum offers interesting displays of tools and vehicles historically used for firefighting as well as immersive installations that showcase the horrific effects fire can have on one’s home. It’s not only a unique museum to visit but also a very eye-opening one that educates both children and adults.
Australian Museum of Magical Arts
While it’s not the most unusual, compared to the others on the list, the Australian Museum of Magical Arts in Sydney is certainly a unique visit. The museum stores a wide range of historical artifacts, interactive exhibitions, and various items, all to do with the art of magic. You will learn a lot of the secrets behind famous magic tricks as well as get educated on the history of magic and how it became so popular..
Those who say that museums are boring have simply never visited a unique or unusual one! Just because you are not interested in learning about a country’s history or art, doesn’t mean that looking through a selection of magical art installations will not be fascinating!