Where there is a quirk or interest, despite how common or unusual, someone somewhere is bound to have a collection of it.
So if you, or your partner, have ever gone through a failed relationship, have a thing for tiny bottles or fans, you might just raise your eyebrows with interest when it comes to these collections. And even if you have little interest in these subjects, trust us, you may still want to bookmark them, as our friends at Rail Europe recommend them as fun rainy day back-ups. Ridiculous, wacky or fascinating? The verdict is yours.
Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia
Established by former lovers Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic in 2006, the concept was initially created to help them heal from their breakup, but as their collection of sentimental items grew from donations from friends and others, the museum, which found its permanent set-up in Zagreb in 2010, became a space of “secure memory” for those who’ve gone through failed relationships.
If you visit the Museum of Broken Relationships, feel free to leave your mark by contributing to the collection as part of your own love legacy celebration, closure ceremony or even emotional therapy. Seems to work for many…
Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo, Norway
The world’s only and largest collection of miniature bottles, the collection, like most things, initially began as a hobby. 53,000 bottles later, the collection is exhibited across three floors – some in vaults and others in specially designed installations.
The bottles at the Mini Bottle Gallery come from around the world and displayed according to their colours and themed. Some are filled with fruits and pretty things, while others are filled with worms and other not so pretty things. And if you have an adventurous streak, there is even slide for your entrance into the horror room. Chances are, that’s probably where the less pretty bottles are housed!
Fan Museum in Greenwich, London
The only museum in the world solely dedicated to fans, the Fan Museum, which is itself an 18th century piece of art, is home to more than 3,500 fans with histories dating back to at least 3000BC. Fans from the earliest of times and those from each century from around the world since then are carefully documented and elegantly displayed encouraging much 'oohs' and 'aahs' from fan fans.
Even if you don’t care much of fans, the intricate designs, elaborate detailing and the sheer artistic creativity applied to these masterpieces will guarantee to impress. And if you’re a fanatic, there are even fan making classes you can sign up to!
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