Favorite Non-Art Museums

Per request, please add yours!
  1. Cabinet War Rooms, London
    An underground bunker where Churchill planned WW2 while London was being bombed. At the end of the war it was left as a time capsule, the pins in the maps marking troop positions left as they were on V-E Day.
  2. Peabody Museum of Natural History, Cambridge MA
    A great, weird, wonderful collection with everything all jumbled together. They have a dodo made of other birds. Feels more like a wonder cabinet than a traditional natural history museum that insists on cutesy learning
  3. Museum Of Innocence, Istanbul
    Orhan Pamuk, Turkish writer and Nobel Prize winner, bought an old Ottoman house in a special neighborhood in Istanbul. He filled it with objects that attracted him at the junk and curio shops, and as he filled it he wrote a novel about the people who lived there. Very cool.
  4. Museo National de Antropología, Mexico City
    Staggering, vast, overwhelming, room after room of Aztec, Maya, Toltec treasures from all over Mexico. And this guy, outside
  5. Musee Fragonard, Paris
    The BodyWorlds of its day, fucked up and macabre and fascinating. A highlight: Three Fetuses Dancing a Jig
  6. Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles
    Mind bending and disorienting in a fun way. At least I think so. My sister hated it. "Creepy."
  7. Museum of Broken Relationships
    Haven't been, cool idea. Disappointed it's on Hollywood Boulevard which suggests something less cool that what I might hope for? Anyone been?
  8. City Museum, St. Louis
    Part living, growing sculpture and exploratorium filled with interactive exhibits and weird ephemera. Hard to explain. Awesome to explore.
    Suggested by   @readjulia
  9. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
    Suggested by   @lizabeth
  10. Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
    It's this insane, multi-level museum, filled with mundane objects that were "borrowed" from around the world. My personal favorite was a basic hair comb from the 1700's. Imagine a building filled with like Trader Joe's reusable bags and tampons in 200 years. This would be the place they'd probably end up.
    Suggested by   @madeline
  11. Mutter Museum
    In Philadelphia
    Suggested by   @kiraandlulu
  12. Musée des Confluences | Lyon, France
    This museum is a fun (and sometimes bizarre) collection of anthropological, sociological, and cultural artifacts! They curated it really well, and all of the signs have English translations. Their temporary exhibits are also almost always really cool and interactive. Plus, it's free for students and minors 😊
    Suggested by   @mlmyers
  13. Dutch Resistance Museum, Amsterdam
    Really moving and informative collection of photos and artifacts illustrating Dutch life during WWII, in particular, efforts to resist the Nazis.
    Suggested by   @readjulia
  14. The Museum of Science in Boston
    Suggested by   @lizabeth
  15. The Chocolate Museum in Bruges
    Followed by a trip to a chocolates shop, of course.
    Suggested by   @lizabeth
  16. Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Winterthur, DE
    Former estate of Henry Francis du Pont, with a ridiculously huge collection of American artifacts and furniture. If you like antiquing and American history, this is the museum for you. Bonus: the hundreds of acres of garden space are stunning.
    Suggested by   @LizDawson
  17. National Air and Space Museum
    This is a commonly known Smithsonian, because it's incredible. Aviation and space flight are mind-blowing, and NASM captures the spirit and magic of both.
    Suggested by   @LizDawson