Category Archives: Oddities

A Museum of Curiosities In Connecticut

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Two-Headed Calf

There are all sorts of museums which draw people in.  I can’t say that I am much of an art lover but when I hear about a museum featuring oddities, count me in!

Over the years, I’ve been to a bunch of museums that fit this bill.

Here are a few that I’ve been to and have written about:

During a weekend trip to Connecticut I came across a small museum, more so a room in a National Historic Landmark, the Old State House in Hartford.

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A Shocking Collection Of Oddities: The Kunstkamera- St Petersburg, Russia

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In the past I’ve written about a couple of odd, medical related museums that I’ve visited- the Mutter Museum and the International Museum of Surgical Sciences.
While doing some research for things to do during our trip to Russia, I came across a museum that had a collection of oddities similar to the ones mentioned above.
During our visit to St Petersburg Russia, the Kunstkamera was at the top of my list of places to visit.
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The International Museum of Surgical Sciences- Chicago

a skeleton sitting on a chair

While preparing for my quick Trip to Chicago (to run in the O’Hare Runway Run) I wanted to find a place that was unique, interesting and different to visit.

To help me in my search I turned to Atlas Obscura, a fun and interesting site where you can browse around to find “curious and wondrous travel destinations”.

Lonely Planet: Seven Startling Sites of Eastern Europe

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I recently read an e-mail from Lonely Planet that had a list of Seven Startling Sites of Eastern Europe that I found to be pretty interesting. I’ve been to Eastern Europe a couple of times and haven’t made it to any of these sites.
Here is the List:
  1. Raclawice Panorama- Wroclaw, Poland: A painting 114m around the walls of a rotunda depicting the Battle of Raclawice in 1794. The article says the “Raclawice Panorama takes you so close to the battlefield you can almost smell gunpowder”.
  2. Hill of Witches- Lithuania: Lots of woodcarvings in a forested sand dune in the Curonian Spit “teeming with folkloric wooden carvings”.
  3. Sea Organ- Zadar, Croatia: Hear the ocean sing as the tide pushes water into the organ’s pipes creating all different kinds of music.
  4. Ghost Town- Prypiat, Ukraine: Visit a town left abandoned due to the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. The area is too radioactive to farm or inhabit but organized tours can get you in for a visit.
  5. Hotel Viru- Tallinn, Estonia: Visit a hotel (now a museum) that where every move you made during the Cold War was taped by the KGB from the secret 23rd floor.
  6. Capuchin Crypt- Brno, Czech Republic: Check out this monastery who’s airflow preserved the monk’s bodies still clothed in their robes when they were laid to rest here.
  7. Kuntskamera- St Petersburg, Russia: The first museum in Russia created by Peter the Great which has many natural and human oddities.
I’ve been wanting to visit Prypiat (Chernobyl) for a while now after seeing it covered on various TV shows and the Kuntskamera sounds like it might have many oddities similar to what I saw at the Mutter Museum. I’ve visited a bones church and other crypts in Europe and would love to visit the Capuchin Crypt in Brno.
What sites would you like to visit from this list? Have you visited other odd sites around the world not listed here?
Read the full Lonely Planet article which has more details about each site HERE