Strange Museums Around Europe

by Catherine McCulloch

When it comes to museums, we're all aware of the big names throughout Europe from London's Tate Modern to the Louvre in Paris. However, there are plenty underrated ones you wouldn't expect that are well worth a visit if you're travelling. We've rounded up a list of some of the top ones to look out for.

The Brunel Museum and Engine House in Rotherhithe, South East London is a fascinating and unique look into the Thames tunnel - the first ever constructed beneath a river by the famous British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Along with being the oldest part of London's underground, various models and paintings help demonstrate Brunel's giant feat. Rotherhithe is also worth a visit in itself as a former hub of maritime debauchery, piracy and even the Mayflower's point of departure.

If you're partial to a bit of meat (sausage in particular) Berlin's Currywurst (or curried sausage) Museum is a definite must-see. From bratwursts and frankfurters to blood sausage and standard bangers, the exhibit showcases the history and secrets behind Germany's preferred meat. There's plenty of tastings on offer and if you get really hungry, a canteen onsite serving up a range of the country's traditional delicacy. Located centrally on Berlin's Schtzenstrae street, expect to pay about 7-11 , with discounts for students, kids, and senior citizens.

Be sure to go to The Spontaneous Art Museum in Brussels, featuring a range of tongue and cheek modern art. The museum's goal is to encourage discussion and a laugh or two, two things that don't normally go hand in hand in a museum. The works make for an interesting and entertaining display, and at 1-2 entry, perhaps even a nice anecdote to all those famous museums you've already covered.

Not only will going to one of these museums give you a different activity to do, but you'll learn something new about the culture too that perhaps touches on more than just face value and might be a bit different from what you originally anticipated.

About the Author: