Tibetan Monks spend weeks/months carefully "pouring" colored sand to make a very detailed and complex museum-worthy artwork that is known as the "Sand Mandala". Once complete, these intricate paintings are then ritualistically destroyed and that symbolizes the Buddhist belief of impermanence. ancient.eu/article/1052/t…
English cricket great Denis Compton was renowned for his absent-mindedness. He once arrived at a match without his kitbag, so he used an antique bat from the stadium's museum; and during a major celebration in honour of his 70th birthday, his mother rang, telling him that he was only 69 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Michelangelo hid under the Medici Chapel in Florence for 3 months during a period of political turmoil, occupying his time by sketching on the walls with charcoal. His whereabouts were a secret for almost 500 years until the museum director stumbled upon the drawings in 1976. atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Bill Paxton was in the crowd when President Kennedy emerged from the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on the morning of his assassination on November 22, 1963. Photographs of an eight-year-old Paxton being lifted above the crowd are on display at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier has personally found and/or destroyed over 50,000 land mines. He now trains bomb experts, curates a mine museum, and advocates for demining and the victims of mines. wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki_Ra
Lt. Pham Quang Khiem managed to escape South Vietnam in April 1975 with 53 relatives and friends by stealing a C-130a and flying to Singapore. They were later flown to Guam and then the US, where Pham became a pilot for US Airways. The C-130a is currently at the National Warplane Museum. newyorkupstate.com/southe…
There is a cavernous 40-foot tall basement underneath the Lincoln Memorial excavated during its construction. At one point it was open to the public, before being closed after asbestos was found by a tourist. As recently as 2017, it was proposed the basement should be converted to a museum. architectofthecapital.org…
In 2013 a large Egyptian statue at Manchester Museum in the UK was found to be mysteriously turning round gradually of its own accord - the phenomenon was even caught on video. The cause turned out to be vibrations from nearby roadworks. bbc.com/news/av/uk-250349…
The National WWI Museum in Kansas City has a list of requested donations to the collection, including specific uniforms and helmets, bicycles, and a German flamethrower. theworldwar.org/support/d…
In 1830, a museum in Spain stuffed and mounted the body of a Kalahari Bushman (a member of the San people) where it remained on display until 1997. In 2000, the remains of the man were sent to Botswana for burial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neg…
There is a humane mouse trap dating from circa 1861 and on permanent display at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading. The mouse trap is still in working condition and works just as good. news.artnet.com/art-world…
A 155 year old Victorian mousetrap caught a mouse in 2016 in a museum after it snuck in. The creator, Collin Pullinger, said this invention would last a lifetime when he created it in the mid-1800s. bbc.com/news/uk-england-b…
There is a time when Pablo Picasso was suspected of stealing the Mona Lisa. On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from Paris's Louvre Museum. It was a Mondayβ€”the museum was closed and security was minimal. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The USS Pueblo, captured by North Korea in 1968 and currently on display there as a museum ship, is the only ship of the U.S. Navy still on the commissioned roster currently being held captive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
In 2017 a 100kg, Royal Canadian Mint made (but privately owned) gold coin dubbed the "Big Maple Leaf” was stolen from Bode Museum in Germany. It has a face value of $1 million but by weight was worth $4 million. cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
Necropants are a pair of pants (trousers) made from the skin of a dead person. They were believed in Icelandic witchcraft to grant unlimited wealth. The only known pair of necropants is a recreation in the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in HΓ³lmavΓ­k, Iceland atlasobscura.com/articles…
The British National Army Museum approached mountain climber Bronco Lane seeking items to commemorate his successful climb of Mt Everest. Lane presented them with 5 fingers he had lost to frostbite on the trip, stating "I haven't got any use for them any more." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
There were two World War II era American aircraft carriers called USS Lexington: CV-2 and CV-16. CV-2 was a converted battle cruiser, and when it was sunk, the CV-16 USS Cabot which was under construction was renamed Lexington in that ship's honor. CV-16 is now a museum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
John Young, who was NASA's longest serving astronaut, got into trouble early on in his career for smuggling a corned beef sandwich into space. Today, a replica of the famous sandwich is preserved at the Grissom Memorial Museum in Mitchell, Indiana. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the Vent Haven Museum a place that houses over 900 ventriloquist dummies and is seen a graveyard of sorts for famous dummies once the performer linked to them has died. venthaven.org/who-we-are
The only existing film footage of Anne Frank is posted on YouTube by the Amsterdam museum The Anne Frank House. The girl next door to Anne is getting married and the footage shows a 13-year-old Anne leaning out of a window to get a good look at the bride and groom. theguardian.com/world/200…
That, in 2009, that largest home in Los Angeles County was Spelling Manor, a 73,500 sq ft mansion that included a swimming pool, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a beauty salon, three rooms just for wrapping gifts, and a doll museum with over 1,000 dolls on display. people.com/celebrity/go-i…
Today I learned about Richard Meinertzhagen, a British ornithologist who became famous as a heroic soldier and intelligence officer. It was later discovered that he was a fraud who stole bird specimens from museums to pass off as his own and may have murdered his wife when she threatened to expose him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
A "dead" Egyptian snail was put on display in a British museum. Four years later, the "dead" snail awoke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ere…
National Museum of American History considers "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "The X-Files" and "Star Trek" important parts of American culture, and has related props in collection americanhistory.si.edu/pr…
To prevent a rodent infestation, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia owns around 70 cats. The cats spend their days mostly in the basement and are taken care of by the museum staff. The museum has a small kitchen and a pet clinic dedicated to the well-being of the cats. telegraph.co.uk/travel/de…
In Torrington, Alberta there's a museum full of taxidermy gophers posed in human scenes. gopherholemuseum.ca/diora…
Today I learned of StΓ©phane Breitwieser, perhaps the world’s greatest art thief. Between 1994 and 2001, he robbed nearly 200 museums, averaging a theft every two weeks, and amassed a collection worth $1.4 billion. He claims to have never sold a single piece. gq.com/story/secrets-of-t…
Galileo's Middle finger is on display in the Galileo Museum, in Florence, Italy. The finger is to be interpreted by the viewer as sitting eternally defiant to the church that condemned him or pointing upwards to the sky, where Galileo glimpsed the glory of the universe. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
The movie set built for "Popeye" (1980) has been maintained as a tourist attraction and open-air museum on the island of Malta. People even get married there. popeyemalta.com/
Today I learned of Sir Hans Sloane, an Irishman heavily involved in the Slave Trade to his personal enrichment. His botany collections form the basis of todays Natural History Museum. nhm.ac.uk/discover/hans-s…
Today I learned of the Moon Museum, a <1/2 square inch tile left on the Moon containing drawings by six prominent artists...including a penis drawn by Andy Warhol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
Solomon Sanborn of Massachusetts who left his body to be prepared and placed in an anatomical museum of Harvard, after having two drumheads made of his skin. Upon one was inscribed Alexander Pope's "Universal Prayer" and on the other Declaration of Independence. jstor.org/stable/pdf/1274…
8-yr-old Saga Vanecek found a 1,500-yr-old sword when wading in a lake in Sweden. She pointed it up to the sky and called out, β€œDaddy, I’ve found a sword!” She was bummed when her dad made her give the sword to the local museum and said she was raising money to make a sword replica for herself. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
After janitor James Hampton died in 1964, his massive outsider artwork entitled "Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly", it was donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where it has been on display ever since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The Museum of Death was established in San Diego in the mid nineties. It displayed a wide variety of artifacts surrounding the subject of death, to include: serial killer artworks, crime scene photos and taxidermy! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
Today I learned of the β€œAntique Vibrator Museum” in San Francisco, California, which is devoted to the history and preservation of vibrators from the mid-1800s to the 1970s. antiquevibratormuseum.com
The Imperial War Museum has an exhibit which lets you listen to the moment guns fell silent, after the WW1 armistice went into effect. They used seismic data to recreate the effect. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The National Polish Museum in Switzerland is housed in a 12th Century castle but they are getting kicked out after 150 years. polenmuseum.ch/en/
Chinese billionaires are trying to "return" China's lost cultural artefacts that were looted from the country by colonial powers in the 19th Century. Their efforts range from "buying back" said artefacts to hiring thieves to steal them away from museums and private collections. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
Thomas Edison's last breath still exists --at least according to a famous museum's specimen label. The vintage dying gasp is in a sealed test tube on exhibit. However, there's mystery since "the Edison estate holds a collection of 42 test tubes all supposedly containing Edison’s last breath." atlasobscura.com/places/e…
Today I learned of the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney (WHEC-37). Commissioned in 1936 and currently a museum ship in Baltimore, she is the last warship afloat that fought in the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USC…
The Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan offers a driver's training class to teach people of any age to learn how to drive a Ford Model T built between 1908 and 1927 performance.ford.com/enth…
I learned that the British Museum may hold many artifacts from around the world and also refuses to hand over the artifacts they took it from. history.com/news/british-…
From the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian that Native Americans invented hockey, camouflage, sunscreen, and popcorn. go.si.edu/site/PageServer…
The British Museum exhibits various items considered to be stolen from their original culture with ownership of many being disputed. theguardian.com/world/201…
Salem, MA is not only the site of the witch trials but: Birthplace of the National Guard; Home to 1st ever U.S. millionaire; Largest concentrations of 17th & 18th century structures; 1st Living History Museum (Pioneer Village/visitors can experience daily life of a 1st period Puritan village) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
In 2018–19, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) collaborated with Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos, including an untitled 1917 abstract geometric work by Liubov Popova moma.org/collection/works…
In 1964, 3 amateur jewel thieves stole $400,000 worth of jewels from the American Museum of Natural History. Using a glass cutter, duct tape, and a squeegee, they were able to take the world's largest sapphire, the world's most perfect ruby, and the largest black sapphire smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The painting "The Concert" by Johannes Vermee, stolen in 1990 during the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft, is still considered by many experts to be the most expensive object ever stolen. It was valued at 250 million dollars in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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