Many museums around the world feature historical artifacts and beautiful artwork for visitors to admire. But some museums take a much different approach to their exhibits. Let’s look at a few of the most unique museums in the world.
An Underwater Exhibition
Located in the waters surrounding Cancun and Isla Mujeres, the Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA), or Underwater Museum of Art, has over 500 life-size sculptures fixed to the sea floor. The sculptures are located 28 feet below the ocean’s surface, and visitors can experience the museum by glass bottom boat, snorkeling, or scuba diving.
The project began in 2009 as an effort to protect the endangered Mesoamerican Reef — the second-largest barrier reef in the world — by diverting divers and snorkelers to MUSA. The art doubles as an artificial reef with nooks and crannies in each sculpture that are specially designed to provide a habitat for marine life.
The statues are made with marine-grade cement with a PH-neutral surface that promotes coral growth. Over the years, they have become covered with algae and coral, giving them a unique and otherworldly appearance.
A Tribute To Love Lost
What happens to relationship keepsakes and memories post-breakup? They might find their way to the Museum of Broken Relationships, a global crowd-sourced project with permanent museum locations in Zagreb, Croatia, and Los Angeles, California.
The Museum of Broken Relationships is described as “a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions.” The collection consists of mementos from past relationships accompanied by an anonymous, personal story from the contributor.
Visitors will find a wide variety of items in the collection. There are some pieces that are traditionally associated with relationships, like rings, postcards, and plush toys. But there are also plenty of surprising items, including belly button lint, mannequin hands, and air sickness bags, to name a few.
They can’t all be masterpieces. That’s where the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) comes in. Located in Somerville, Massachusetts, the Museum of Bad Art is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all its forms.
The museum says the pieces in their collection “range from the works of talented artists that have gone awry, to the works of exuberant, although crude, execution by artists barely in control of the brush.”
The artwork is categorized into several different collections that take a tongue-in-cheek approach to the subjects. Visitors can browse through the “Poor Traits,” “In The Nood,” and “Unlikely Landscapes,” collections, among others.