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Strangest/Specialty Museums in New York

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Mmuseumm

You'd be hard pressed to find another place quite like the Mmuseumm anywhere. This tiny little museum is basically the size of an elevator shaft, exhibiting an array of random objects, many of which will fit in with a seasonal "theme." Here, in this quirky space, you can see perennial objects like the shoe that was once thrown at George W. Bush's head, as well as the other changing artifacts. You never know quite what you will find at Mmuseumm.

New York, NY, United States
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Museum of Mathematics

The foundation of the Museum of Mathematics stemmed from the closing of the several institutions of higher learning around the city. Glen Whitney was at the forefront of the movement that involved math enthusiasts looking for an establishment dedicated to the science. On the floor are an array of interactive displays and math-based games that tap into your analytical side and make for an interesting time out with the family. The museum organizes a lecture series by educational luminaries and has previously played host to Craig Kaplan and Paul Hoffman.

New York, NY, United States
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Museum of Sex

This museum is for open and broad minded individuals, dedicated to the exploration of the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality. The Museum's permanent collection of over 15,000 artifacts is comprised of works of art, photography, clothing and costumes, technological inventions and historical ephemera. Besides this, the museum also has a research and a multimedia library educating people on the subject. There are regular exhibitions also held here. The Museum of Sex has been receiving accolades from scholars as well as visitors, thus making it a popular attraction. A great place to learn how sexuality was viewed and embraced in the past by different cultures all over the world.

New York, NY, United States
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The City Reliquary

City Reliquary started as a street-level display in founder Dave Herman’s former apartment. Herman displayed bits of New York history; from souvenir postcards of the 1964 World’s Fair to old bottles and a set of false teeth found at Dead Horse Bay. Before long, other collectors donated their oddities, and the windowsill became a rotating museum display. You can visit the original windowsill display on Grand and Havemeyer, but City Reliquary is now a two-room museum with a small gift shop a few blocks away on Metropolitan. Some of the highlights of its permanent collection include Statue of Liberty memorabilia, architectural remnants of famous city buildings, a collection of old NYC subway items and a 1939 World’s Fair exhibit. Check their website for community events and temporary exhibits of New York based collectors.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Madame Tussauds New York

Set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow, audition for Simon Cowell and dance with Beyonce! Madame Tussauds takes you beyond your wildest dreams and makes you the star of the show! The life-like wax statues crafted by the experts at the museums will have you questioning if you're actually photographing just a statue. Sing, dance and mingle with over 200 wax celebrities in a 85,000 square feet (7896.76 square meters) space of interactive entertainment located in the heart of Times Square.

New York, NY, United States
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Ripley's Believe It or Not!

When it comes to bizarre, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, located in Times Square, needs no introduction. The widely popular museum, fittingly called the "Odditorium", houses some of the strangest artifacts and oddities you'll ever come across. From unexplained ancient relics to strange modern day wonders, the objects on display are bound to intrigue one and all. Apart from the artifacts, the museum also hosts a number of live performances featuring magicians, sword eaters and other quirky performers with the common theme being strange. Visitors can browse the museum at a leisurely pace to observe the close to 500 artifacts on display. The Odd Shop located within the museum is a great place for souvenirs.

New York, NY, United States
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John M. Mossman Lock Collection

Displaying an extensive collection of locks and vaults used around the world, John M. Mossman Lock Collection is sure to impress you. The exhibits include samples from 4000 BCE to the 20th Century. Among these are more than 370 locks, keys and other special tools required for locking. Also on display are rare made-to-order locks, and almost all these locks have been known to preserve money behind their doors and safes. Open for visits, the museum's collection belongs to John M. Mossman, who had also written 'Lure of the Lock' a well-researched book on the history and mechanisms of locks.

New York, NY, United States
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Coney Island Museum

The Coney Island Museum is a small but informative museum dedicated to preserving the history of Coney Island. The museum features Coney Island memorabilia like the Steeplechase Horse, the Boardwalk Rolling Chair, Funhouse Distortion Mirrors, and antique souvenirs. Relics of old rides, including vintage bumper cars, bring you back to Coney Island's heyday. With a changing exhibition schedule that showcases items like Mermaid Parade photos, this museum's a bargain at USD6! A knowledgeable staff can answer any questions on Coney Island, and Coney Island historians hold an "Ask the Expert" lecture series too.

New York, NY, United States
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