Could This Be the World's Strangest Museum?

Founder Barry Levenson began collecting mustard in the 1980s but the museum itself has only been open since 1992. The museum's collection includes over 4,800 types of mustard in bottles, tubes and jars that originate from across the 50 states and 60 countries. The exhibit also includes a historical tour of the mustard industry with antique pots and advertisements amongst other memorabilia. Fans of mustard should also make sure that they pay a visit to the museum's unique gift shop which itself sells many different types of mustard.

13. Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

La Crosse, Kansas

Since opening in 1971, the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum has been educating the public about the history of the barbed wire, often referred to as the "Devil's Rope." The collection now includes over 2,000 types of barbed wire, some dating back to the 19th century. The tour includes a Barbed Wire Hall of Fame and a research library but visitors should be sure to also visit the theater to watch the educational films about the history of this multi-million dollar industry.

14. Celebrity Underwear Museum

Brussels, Begium

Just opened in Brussels, the Musee du Slip, known as the Celebrity Underwear Museum, exhibits underwear worn by the rich and famous. The collection includes a G-string once worn by French porn star Brigitte Lahaie and boxer shorts belonging to the Belgian Finance Minister, Didier Reynders. The brain child of artist Jan Bucquoy, famous for his use of underwear in his art, the museum's most prized piece is a portrait of the French President Nicholas Sarkozy made-up to look like Napoleon but wearing a striped pair of underwear on his head.

15. Titan Missile Museum

Sahuarita, Arizona

The Titan Missile Museum in Arizona is the site of the only publicly accessible Titan II missile site in the U.S. and it provides a very unique experience. The one-hour guided tour of the facility includes a look at a 103-ft Titan II missile in its launch silo and its 8-foot thick walls. A highlight is a missile launch simulation held underground in the command room. The museum also includes a lot of history about the Cold War.

16. SPAM Museum

Austin, Minnesota

The perfect museum for lovers of the infamous food item, the SPAM museum details the history of SPAM since it first hit the shelves the 1930's. A walk through the museum offers visitors an interactive chance to learn about SPAM. Exhibits include the opportunity to make your own can of SPAM, take a quiz on your knowledge of SPAM, and get involved at a "Cyber Diner." A trip to the museum should also include a stop at the gift shop where visitors can pick up a whole host of SPAM-related items and memorabilia.

17. Cumberland Pencil Museum

Keswick, Cumbria, England

Located in the grounds of a pencil-making factory, the Pencil Museum takes visitors through a replica of a graphite mine. The walk through the museum allows visitors to learn of the history of the pencil, learning all about how it was first made. Visitors should also check out the drawing zone where kids can make some art, and also be sure to see if there are any demonstrations happening where parents and kids can get some expert tips. The museum is also home to one of the world's longest pencil, which is also well worth seeing.

18. Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

Burlingame, California

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