Unique Museums Writers Can Appreciate

30 Jul 2019


As writers, we have a great appreciation for the arts. Be it the art of the written word, visual arts such as painting and photography, or musical arts and dancing—we just love creative expressions!

But, is all art beautiful or good?

The answer to that question can be found in the basement of the Somerville Theater in Sommerville, Massachusetts. Although currently closed for renovations, for the past decade the theater has been the host to the MOBA: The Museum of Bad Art.

The museum, which was founded in 1993, is a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of bad art. With over 700 art pieces in its collection, the MOBA has everything from a sports section to nude paintings and religious works.

Although the museum is not currently accepting visitors, there is still a way for you to experience the interesting and hysterical works of art in their collection. Just go to their website, and click on “collections.” There you can take a virtual tour, that will forever change the way you look at art.

Now, you may be wondering why someone would open up a museum just for bad art. That was not the strangest museum that we have stumbled across, though…

If you ever find yourself in Malmo, Sweden, and have an appreciation for the culinary arts, you may want to check out the Disgusting Food Museum.

According to this article from HuffPost.com, the museum showcases 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods. Contrary to what you may think, though, the goal of the museum is not to gross people out. Their mission is actually to challenge people’s basic assumptions about food and test the theory that “disgust is cultural and contextual.” 

While delicacies such as Chinese mouse wine and maggot infested cheese do not sound exactly appealing to us, we have to admit that the idea of a disgusting foods museum is quite intriguing.

And for those who are fans of Franz Kafka’s literary works (or just interesting museum designs), The Kafka Museum in Prague is sure to be a hit. The museum is full of weird, discombobulating elements, aimed to represent the chaos of Kafka’s life. Exhibits include a maze made out of filing cabinets, a “pissing statue,” and 3-D installations, among other things.

The museum also features first editions of almost all of Kafka’s works, correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, photographs, drawings, and studies from literary research. There is, of course, also a museum shop that offers Kafka’s complete works, as well as his biographies.

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