Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best Museums for Geeks in the World 2017. One of the greatest geeky pleasures in life is going to a truly amazing museum. What makes a great museum and where can you find them? In this list, we’ll count down some of the greatest geeky museums in the world. From dinosaurs to man-eating lions to medical anomalies, this list has it all. Let’s go on a tour of the world’s geekiest museums.
List of Top 10 Best Museums for Geeks in the World 2017
10. The Mütter Museum
This museum is the best medical museum in the world. It finds its home in Philadelphia and has some of the strangest medical specimens ever found. Exhibits include the Soap Lady, Dr. Joseph Hyrtl’s human skull collection, plaster cast of Chang and Eng (the first “Siamese twins”), specimen from John Wilkes Booth’s vertebra, jaw tumor of President Grover Cleveland, rotating exhibits of photographic art and illustrations, the tallest skeleton on display in North America, and Einstein’s brain. The museum is in the style of a 19th century cabinet museum, with all of its artefacts displayed in wooden cabinets that run the walls and stand freely on the first floor. This museum is a must-visit location for geeks.
9. The Chicago Field Museum
The Chicago Field Museum’s existence is directly related to an outgrowth of the World’s Columbian Exposition that was held in Chicago in 1893. First director of the museum, Frederick J.V. Skiff, published an article that suggested that Chicago should have a permanent museum. One of Chicago’s citizens that stood in high esteem was Marshall Field. He ended up donating $1,000,000 and the museum was built in his name. One of the crowning glories of the museum is the skeleton is Sue the T. rex. Sue was at the middle of the controversial dinosaur dig led by Peter Larson. The chronicle of that tale can be seen in the acclaimed documentary Dinosaur 13. Another permanent exhibit of the museum is the Man-Eaters of Tsavo. These are the lions that the film The Ghost and the Darkness was based on. The two lions terrorized the African town of Tsavo, killing many people before being shot and killed themselves.
8. The Viking Ship Museum
In Oslo, Norway, there is a museum dedicated to the Vikings. At this museum, you can see the famous Gokstad ship. It is the most well-preserved Viking ships known to exist. It was built in 890 A.D. and is a beautiful artefact. The ship is curved and represents the best of Viking craftsmanship. This ship could be sailed or rowed. It was the type of ship that the Vikings would have used for sailing to new lands for discovery and raiding. It has 16 oar holes and would have had a crew of 34 men. The ship also has a lot of room below deck for cargo that would have been taken on these voyages. Contrary to popular belief, the ship doesn’t feature any dragon heads. This is the common representation of Viking ships in media. The museum also features temporary exhibits, such as “Forged to Kill: the re-creation of a Viking axe.” This exhibit features a real Viking axe and photographs of the forging process.
7. The Holocaust Museum
In Washington, D.C. is perhaps the most haunting of all the museums on this list – the Holocaust Museum. When you enter the museum, you are enveloped in quietness. The vastness of the three-story museum opens up around you and every sound is amplified. There is a three-story wall that declares, “YOU ARE MY WITNESSES.” In the permanent exhibit, you are given a passport of sorts and in it is the story of someone who either died during or survived the Holocaust. The three floors are divided into the three sections of the museum. First it he Nazi Assault which explores the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. On the second floor, you’ll discover the Final Solution. This floor features exhibits like a room filled with the shoes of the persecuted as well as video footage that is inaccessible to small children, featuring vicious experiments and horrendous occurrences that were normal during the Holocaust. The third floor displays the Last Chapter, which is the liberation of the camps. One thing is for certain, you will not walk out as the same person that you walked in as.
6. The Museum of American History
Another museum in Washington, D.C., this museum is a part of the Smithsonian. Much more light-hearted than the last museum in this list, this museum is home to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from the film The Wizard of Oz. It also houses one of Prince’s guitars and Marilyn Monroe’s gloves. You can see the desk that the Declaration of Independence was written on and one of the Alien egg props. This museum is family friendly and a fun place to explore different aspects of American history. This is one of the Top 10 Best Museums for Geeks in the World 2017.
5. The British Museum of Natural History
This museum is home to the first T. rex fossil ever found as well as an Iguanadon, which was one of the species first labeled as a dinosaur. The museum is home to the skeletons of whales and other animals and also has rotating exhibits that come and go. The museum puts on different “all-nighters” where visitors, both children and adults, can stay all night for a specific event, such as a crime scene investigation. The museum is home to the most intact Stegosaurus skeleton ever found. It can now be seen in the museum’s Earth Hall.
4. National Museum of Funeral History
For those with a morbid and macabre side, this is the museum for you. Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of a funeral home? Or how embalming is actually performed? The National Museum of Funeral History is located in Houston, Texas. Some of the permanent exhibits include Thanks for the Memories, Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes, Dia De Los Muertos, History of Embalming, 19th Century Mourning, Presidential Funerals, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 9/11 and Fallen Heroes Tribute, and the Coffins and Caskets of the Past. The History of Embalming exhibit starts in ancient Egypt and moves all the way into the present, explaining the origins and process of the practice of embalming. This museum is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re interested in anything death-related, this is the spot for you.
3. The Spy Museum
Another museum in Washington, D.C., this museum is dedicated to the art of espionage. Exhibits include Covers and Legends where you learn the importance of adopting and keeping a cover, School for Spies, the Secret History of History, From Ballroom to Battlefield, Spies Among Us, Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains, and the 21st Century. One of the most exciting exhibits is Operation Spy. In this exhibit, you are the spy! It’s a one-hour adrenaline fueled mission.
2. The Bakken Museum
This museum is dedicated to the history of electricity. It includes an exhibit called Frankenstein’s Laboratory. In this exhibit you can meet Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein which she wrote when she was just 18, peek into Frankenstein’s laboratory and see his creepy experiments, watch the dramatic creation of Frankenstein’s monster and hear about his tragic life, and get ready to scream at a scary surprise! The museum also includes exhibits such as Ben Franklin’s Electricity Party and the Spark of Life.
1. The National Cryptozoology Museum
Finding its home in Portland, Maine, this museum is dedicated to the elusive creatures of cryptozoology. Cryptozoology is the study of animals that may or may not exist, as their existence has not been proven. These creatures include Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, and the Loch Ness Monster. There are Bigfoot footprint casts to be found here, as well as hair samples from the Abominable Snowman. This museum is great for anyone that has any interest in the unknown.
These are the Top 10 Best Museums for Geeks in the World 2017. All of these museums would be great to visit. Some of them explore the unknown, while others explore things that we know all too well to be true. Do yourself a favor and plan a visit to one (or all!) of these amazing museums.