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  • ABBA the Museum opens in Stockholm

    2013-05-06

    The Swedish pop sensations of ABBA dominated the airwaves for 10 years back in the 1970s, and a museum dedicated to the iconic group recently opened its doors in Stockholm. Known as ABBA the Museum, the exhibit is the first permanent display dedicated to the band, featuring everything from memorabilia to concert footage that will certainly appeal to visitors from all walks of life, reports NBC's "Today" show.

    A milestone opening
    The museum's opening comes just ahead of the 40th anniversary of "Waterloo," which was the band's first big hit. Organizers did not leave any stone unturned, with many of the objects on display coming from ABBA members themselves. Among the most impressive artifacts are many of the band's iconic outfits, ranging from skin-tight leotard to flamboyant capes and kimonos. Fans of the band are undoubtedly excited for the opening, but Sweden's tourism officials are just as happy about the museum.

    "It will have a positive impact on tourism," Peter Lindqvist, CEO of the Stockholm Visitors Board told the news source in an email. "There is still a huge interest in ABBA... it will be a reason for travel to all the numerous fans all over the world."

    ABBA not alone
    Now that ABBA has a museum of its own, it brings to mind some of the most unusual such destinations around the globe. There are seemingly countless museums dedicated to things you wouldn't expect, and a few stand above the rest. For instance, if you find yourself in New Delhi, you may want to make your way to The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets - which will certainly be an eye-opening experience if you're unfamiliar with the lengthy history of the commode.

    Some of the most unusual museums are in the United States, including the Lunchbox Museum in Columbus, Ga. Touted as the largest lunchbox museum in the world, this Georgia institution has a product featuring nearly every cartoon character, TV star or teen idol you could think of. Other unique destinations un the U.S. include the Museum of Bad Art, which has two locations in Massachusetts, and its works pay tribute to the elements of the art world that have been deemed "too bad to ignore," notes The Telegraph.

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