When traveling, museums can be especially exhausting; spending several hours in the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Louvre hardly makes a dent in seeing all that’s on display. It can leave you feeling weary and overwhelmed.
You can’t skip the classics — but why not give yourself a break and try a museum that’s more manageable?
A stop at a smaller, quirkier museum is a wonderful opportunity to get away from large crowds, endless lines and high ticket prices, while learning about compellingly strange, niche topics. Little museums specialize instead of generalize, allowing you to learn a tremendous amount about a very specific subject.
Here are 15 odd little museums from around the world, where you can enjoy underwater art, ponder the development of toilets and sewers, or learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about pencils.