Museums have a story to tell; a piece of history; a niche filling in humanity’s ceaseless quest to organize and tag everything in the environment. These museums are different in a bizarre way showcasing and adorning certain things which are hard to find anywhere else in the world.
Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments – Prague, Czech Republic:-
The Museum of Torture Instruments contains over 60 torture devices, including old standbys like the iron maiden (known here as the Virgin of Nuremberg), the rack, and the gridiron (the getting-roasted-alive kind, not the football kind), as well as deeper cuts (!) like the Spanish Tickle Torture (less tickling, more getting cut to ribbons by a giant fork), the Catalan Garrote (a garrote plus a spike at the base of the skull for added horror), and an array of iron masks – plucked from your most vivid Lynchian fever dreams – designed to publicly humiliate sinners of different stripes. The implements at the museum are accompanied by medieval-style cartoons illustrating their use, as well as detailed textual explanations of their workings in eight different languages. The Museum of Torture Instruments also includes wax figures of various hapless individuals, as well as special effect representations of a witch-burning and an execution by the sword. Discounted tickets are available for children and school groups.
The Cat Museum, Kuching, Malaysia:-
Cat Museum is definitely one place you should visit when you are in the city of cats, Kuching. It is a plus if you are a cat lover. The theme of the museum – the cat is undoubtedly one of a kind in the world. There are almost everything that is related to cats can be found in the museum. One interesting fact of the museum is that the cat artifacts displayed were on show in the year of 1987 for the first time in National Museum, Kuala Lumpur. Later, the whole displays were transferred to Kuching and the gallery was officially opened to the public in 1988. The museum is filled with articles, paintings, posters, toys and uncountable figurines of cats. Apart from posters and paintings of cats, there is also an Egyptian mummified cat as one of the exhibits in the museum.
The Paris Sewer Museum – Paris, France:-
The Parisian sewers are a kind of mirror to the streets above. All are large enough to accommodate a person, and you could rather easily navigate your way around the entirety of Paris via the sewer system. Each sewer “street” has its own blue and white enamel street sign, and each building’s outflow is identified by its real street number. The Parisian sewers have always fascinated tourists, and the sewers were opened to the public during the World Exposition of 1867. Tourists were originally given tours on a small locomotive-drawn wagon, and later, up until the 1970s, in boats. They floated down the wide Parisian sewer canals in a sort of Parisian answer to the gondola. Today, the Parisian sewer system is closed to all but the 800 outliers, or sewer workers, with the exception of course of the Les Egouts de Paris, the Sewer Museum of Paris.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets – New Delhi, India:-
The Museum has a rare collection of facts, pictures, and objects detailing the historic evolution of toilets from 2500 BC to date. It provides a chronological account of developments relating to technology, toilet related social customs, toilet etiquettes, prevailing sanitary conditions and legislative efforts of different times. It has an extensive display of privies, chamber pots, toilet furniture, bidets and water closets in use from 1145 AD to the modern times. It also has a rare collection of beautiful poems related to the toilet, their usage. The pictures displayed in the Museum make one aware of how the world looked like when societies did not have the benefit of water closets (W.C.) and the changes that have been brought about by its invention. Ornately carved and painted urinals and commodes attract attention and are a source of amusement to many. The models and pictures of medieval commodes are noteworthy. The Museum has a stock of interesting anecdotes and facts associated with the development of toilets. Tracing the history of toilets from the Indus Valley Civilisation in Lothal, 62 km from the city of Ahmedabad, India where a highly developed drainage system existed, the Museum also documents facts relating to the countries in Europe where most of the early technological developments in the evolution of toilets took place.
Museum of Witchcraft – Cornwall, England:-
Williamson settled the museum in the picturesque fishing port of Boscastle where it remains today. Williamson died in 1999 leaving the museum in the hands of Graham King, who organized a burial for the skeleton of accused witch Joan Wytte, which was in the museum’s collection and had been on display for many years. Today the museum has a very large collection of the occult- and witch-related history and artifacts and among the exhibits are “Images of Witchcraft,” “Devil Worship and Satanism,” “The Hare and Shape Shifting,” and appropriately an exhibition on the “Persecution of Witches.” In 2014, the museum came under the auspices of the Museum of British Folklore who added “Magic” to the museum’s title to better encapsulate the breadth of their interests, which include exhibits on “Crowleyian,” “Gardnerian,” and “Alexandrian,” practices alongside the traditional witchcraft displays.