Museums are some of the most-visited places in the world. There are said to be over 55,000 museums around the world in as many as 202 countries. If you're reading this you've probably visited at least a few museums in your lifetime. Maybe you've had to visit a few of them against your will, and some of them you may have even found to be pretty boring. The museums on this list are anything but boring.
These aren't your typical museums filled with dinosaur bones, iconic sculptures, antique cars, archaeological finds or famous paintings. However, they could be great places to visit if you want to be shocked and even horrified. Humans have a fascination for the weird, strange, bizarre and even grotesque, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that any of these museums exist. Some of these strange museums around the world are very niche, but some of them see hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
If the Louvre in Paris, France or the Natural History Museum in London, England aren't to your taste then maybe you should consider making the trek to see some of these shocking museums around the world. While some of these museums are new and expanding, some of them have been around for years. Most of the museums we're looking at focus on taboo topics like death and sex, but a few are more quirky than horrific. Despite their controversial nature, most of the museums on this list allow children to visit them; so if you're in need of a field trip idea (or if you want to scare your kids into silence) then you should keep reading. Here’s a rundown of some of the most shocking, controversial and extreme museums you can visit.
10 Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo, Japan
9 Abashiri Prison Museum in Hokkaido, Japan
8 Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California
7 Museum of Death in Hollywood, California
6 Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario
5 The Black Museum at New Scotland Yard in London, England
4 Torture Museums in Amsterdam, Netherlands
3 Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland
2 Mr. Toilet House in Suwon, South Korea
1 Siriraj Medical Museum in Bangkok, Thailand
Fair warning; graphic descriptions to follow: This museum in Bangkok, Thailand is actually multiple museums in one. The most disturbing of these medical museums is the Forensic Medicine Museum. Found inside Siriraj Hospital, the exhibits are known for their gruesome depiction of numerous dead babies with various congenital defects that are preserved in formaldehyde. Other disturbing sights include grisly photos of suicides and horrific accidents such as a young boy who had an airplane propeller slice through his head. The mummified corpse of the first known Thai serial killer in modern history, Si Ouey Sae Urng, is on display in this museum which could prove sickening to even the hardiest horror fan.
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