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We love museums! They’re the perfect place to learn, sightsee and escape bad weather while travelling. Most of all they come in all shapes, sizes and cover every topic under the sun. We’ve already seen the world’s most beautiful museums so let’s take a look at museums better known for what’s inside.

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#TTOT rocked the Twitter world again yesterday and this week’s topic was museums, something we love about travel! We don’t know about you, but they’re always high on our must-see and must-do list when we’re travelling to new cities.

The nichier the better

Salvador Dali

Certainly if you head to a niche museum you’re going to get something a little more different and in depth than just your run of the mill city museum. As far as we’re concerned if you’re going to see any museums in a new destination, make at least one of them a niche museum that you’ll remember better later on down the road. You’d be surprised how often “…remember the time when we went to that weird voodoo museum in New Orleans?” comes up in conversation!

Q3 via @waphle: What’s the coolest niche museum you’ve ever been to?

@familytravel4um: One of our fave museums is the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto… Egyptian reed sandals to Elton John glitter heels.

@jennifuchs: I love visiting quirky niche museums. Parasitological Museum in Tokyo was quite cool – it’s apparently a hot spot for dates!

@littlegingerkid: Coolest niche museum is the comic book museum in Brussels. It inspired me to draw (which I can’t do to save my life!)

@MalloryOnTravel: The Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Catalonia is a surreal, mind blowing place.

@ilivetotravel: Did I hear someone say “Is there a #bacon museum somewhere?” #dailybacontalk

@TravelThirst: The Film Museum #London is a great niche museum in my opinion.

@1Dad1Kid: Ummm, probably the Museum of Eroticism in Paris LOL.

@ilivetotravel: The museum built in the apt where Pope John Paul II was born in Wadowicz was very movingly done.

@Shrimp13: I mean Voodoo Museum in New Orleans not #nuts I think my brain was wearing out.

The best in the best

Winged Victory

Q4 via @L_e_a_h: What is the most impressive exhibit or item you’ve seen in a museum?

@santafetraveler: Guernica. It’s one of the most moving paintings EVER! Much I saw in NYC’s MOMA growing up made a lasting impression.

@SuuperG: I just love the statue Victory at Samothrace aka Winged Victory in the Louvre.

@YHZgirl: Crown jewels in the Tower of London 😉

@hjortur: Seen Mona Lisa, dinosaurs, meteros, space crafts, Egyptology stuff, but most impressive was Terra Cotta army!

@SwannySA: An entire slab of the Parthenon at the British Museum (that should be returned to Athens).

@raelinn_wine: The L’Orangerie exhibit of Monet’s Water Lilies panels.

@Shiv2Go: Such a toughie! I’d say NOT the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, though. The massive, neglected painting across from it was beautiful.

@RickGriffin: I saw Dorothy’s ruby red slippers in the Smithsonian.

@LandLopers: How can you not love the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum?

Museum musts

When it comes to museums… these items are essential!

Q5 via @TravelThirst: Most valuable things a good museum must have?

  • Plenty of seating and clear signage
  • Mummies and a coffee shop with those old time cakey donuts
  • One night with late access. Maybe till 10pm
  • Things can touch, press, listen to, talk to, ask questions. If I’m just going to stand and stare I can do that on an iPad
  • FREE is always nice 🙂

(via @LandLopers, @JimODonnell2, @StayAdventurous, @Inga_Ros and @LAbackpackrChik)

Tell us about the best, strangest and worst museums you’ve ever been to!

Travel Talk on Twitter takes place weekly on Tuesdays at 9:30 GMT and 21:30 GMT, why don’t you join in? Follow the #TTOT hashtag on Twitter and answer the travel questions that pop up every 10 minutes for an hour. Next week’s topic: Travelling outside your comfort zone.

Imgs: Iam Muttoo, Cea., _yamaneko / Flickr cc.

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