• Unique museum exhibits to visit

    2014-03-25

    United States travel can be both exciting and fun, especially if tourists know exactly where to go. While some of the world's most famous museums are featured between the nation's borders, there are less-visited structures hidden within that give travelers a glimpse into the weirder world of Western art.

    Art enthusiasts may love or hate the following museums, each of which appreciates unusual art forms in its own way:

    Velvet art museum in Los Angeles
    Condé Nast Traveler recently chronicled Velveteria, a new Los Angeles-based museum that features a wealth of art pieces made from velvet. The source reported that there are currently 3,000 pieces in the building, most of which paint accurate representations of history, prevailing art themes and cultural revolutions. In addition to portraits of some of the nation's most recognizable artists - including Michael Jackson and Stevie Nicks - the museum features a glow-in-the-dark velvet collection consisting of paintings and drawings that are illuminated in the presence of a black light. 

    The museum features art works from contributors around the world, from Venezuela to Japan. Owners Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin told Le Ben Franklin Post that the museum began as a private collection the couple had accrued over the years, but after friends and family members encouraged them to display their pieces to the public, the couple opened the establishment's doors.

    Boston Museum of Bad Art
    While Boston hosts a number of world-famous museums, one hidden gem stands out among the crowd: the Museum of Bad Art. This institution hosts some of the nations worst artifacts, displaying poor paintings, unsightly drawings and other deplorable art forms. According to its website, the MOBA capitalizes on the fact that its the only museum that glorifies poor artwork. Not only can any person contribute his or her works to be displayed on its walls, but the organization also publishes pieces online for all Internet viewers to see. Each work is accompanied with a caption to illuminate the poor craftsmanship.

    One piece, for example, reads: "A work of undisputed tenderness which places the spiritual above the physical through careful disregard for details of the human form."

    Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia
    Toy collectors may rejoice at the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia. True to its title, this establishment hosts a range of Pez dispensers, trinkets, portraits and miscellaneous items pertaining to the popular treat. Visitors to this museum can purchase items from the store or simply marvel at the hundreds of Pez-related pieces on display.

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