Top 9 Smallest Museums in the World
Did you know that there are museums that don’t have more than one small room? Sounds odd and unusual for a museum, right? We are used to know that museums are large buildings with lots of wide rooms full with artifacts from different parts of the world and different years through time. But this crazy world has places, practically rooms, or maybe shelves that call themselves museum. It’s up to you how you will percept them, but their owners and founders are firm in their decisions to call these places museums. These are some of the smallest museums around the world.
#1. Homeless Museum of Art
This is probably the only museum in the world that consist only a lemonade stand and a few objects on it. Filip Noterdeame who is actually the director of the museum usually sits in front of the stand and a stuffed coyote guards the museum. The good part is that he can always pick his museum up and find a better location for it. Do you think this is a museum?
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#2. Ethno Museum
This small museum is located in the small Macedonian village Dzepichishte. It is actually a one room in which its owner, Simeon Zlatev – Mone, has exposed over 1500 objects (which is pretty much a lot for a one roomed museum), mostly artifacts from the local history of Macedonia, and some of them are old for over 8000 years. Pretty impressive. The owner is a very welcoming man since he lives in this small village and he doesn’t get many visitors. If you ever happen to go to Macedonia, give a visit of this Shar Mountain village and its small museum.
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#3. Edgar’s Closet
This tiny museum is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It is actually a walk-in closet dedicated to the poet Edgar Alan Poe. It contains over 1000 objects anyhow connected with the poet. In 2011 a tornado destroyed some parts of this museum, but the owners are trying to raise money online to bring the museum back to good condition.
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#4. Ramones Museum
This museum is located in Dublin, inside a Mexican restaurant. It is practically a museum on a few shelves and the objects are records, CDs and merch from the band that the owner was collecting for years. This looks more like a dedicated fan collection, but if the owner says that this is a museum, than there is no reason not to believe that this is anything else.
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#5. The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things
Yes, the name is pretty long and this is a traveling museum, located in a bus. It contains, as the names say, replicas of big objects, so you can see lots of animals, balls of twine etc. You can never know if this museum will come to town, so watch carefully.
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#6. Micro Museum
This tiny, but very tiny museum, is located in Union Square in Somerville. Its founders Judith Klausner and Steve Pomeroy were very proud to open this practically shelf in the façade wall, where only a few miniature paintings are hanged on its walls. You can’t go inside but you can just look at it because the only thing that can fit inside is just one human hand.
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This Arizonan (well practically) shed was opened about twenty years ago by Dan Wight and Jake Reaney. The exhibits includes old items from the eighties like old computers, posters from the Beatles, a 1960 letter from president-elect John F. Kennedy (to Jake Reaney), and the World’s Largest Apache Tear.
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#8. Musée-Placard d’Erik Satie
The museum, as its name says is dedicated to the composer Erik Satie. It is located in Paris, France in the 18th arrondisment. The “museum” is actually a simple room in which the composer once lived from 1890-1898. During that time there, he wrote Gnossiennes and Pièces froides. The exhibit contains some articles that he possessed as well as some drawings and portraits, mostly gifts from his friend, the artist Man Ray.
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Mylumi is the creator of the Zeitgeist clock, which is definitely the smallest among the small museums in the world. It is just a simple clock that contains limited edition, small-scale artworks that change every minute. There are over 1,440 combinations and nearly 100 artworks in some models. The fun part, you can buy this “museum” if you have extra 1000 dollars.
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