The Weirdest Museums in the U.S. May Surprise You

Admission has never been so amusing with these bizarre museums around the country.

Skip the Smithsonian and give up on the Guggenheim. It's time to go weird or go home. Off-the-beaten-path museums are not only fun, but fascinating. If you're tired of tradition and want some adventure, visit one of these out-of-the ordinary museums across the country. Weird can be wonderful!

Museum of Sex


For those with a deep interest in sex and sexuality, from history to mystery, stop in to NYC's Museum of Sex. From art, photography, clothing, and films to events and exhibitions, the museum is an unexpected collection that titillates visitors' carnal curiosities. Now's a great time to visit, as their "Celestial Bodies: The Couples VR Experience" is now on view. This virtual reality fully-immersive program is a shock to the senses and a stir to the soul. Be sure and shop at the museum store to stock up on sexual souvenirs like adult "toys," lotions and massage oils, "dirty" board games, kinky clothing/accessories, books, and more. The Museum of Sex never fails to excite and delight!

233 Fifth Ave. New York, NY

Museum of Bad Art


Sometimes art is so bad that it's good. That is the mission behind Museum of Bad Art's collections and displays – showing off pieces that give "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" a whole new meaning. With collections like, "Unlikely Landscape," "Oozing My Religion," and "Look Ma, No Hands," the museum features artwork (if that's what we can call it) that would otherwise be tossed aside. Like most "normal" museums, Museum of Bad Art has a gift shop, so you can take home art that's just as bad as the work you've just perused. Pick up a poster of some of the museum's favorites, postcards to send to someone who'll appreciate your sense of humor, T-shirts, mugs, and more. It may be a museum filled with bad art, but you are sure to have a good time looking at it!

Two galleries:

55 Davis Sq. Somerville, MA

46 Tappan St. Brookline, MA

The River Market Antiques & Lunchbox Museum


For the antique-lover with a hunger for lunch, The River Market Antiques & Lunchbox Museum fills both cups with plenty to take in. Spend the day scouring the shelves for the finest and most limited pieces, and shop for something special to add to your old-time collection. Once you've had your fill of digging through treasures of yesteryear, check out the world's only Lunchbox Museum. Clearly, we don't need two. The funky and fun warehouse of more than 3,000 vintage and rare metal lunch boxes will put your brown paper bag to shame. Strange? Perhaps. Nostalgic? You'll be craving a PB & J and a thermos of chicken noodle soup.

3218 Hamilton Rd. Columbus, GA

National Mustard Museum


Must-see mustards and samples galore make the National Mustard Museum the place to visit for hot dog devotees and condiment connoisseurs. Nearly 6,000 mustards from across the world are in the museum's vast collection, along with pots, tins, mustard advertisements, and mustard-related memorabilia. Sample some of what you came for at the tempting Tasting Bar. From sweet blends to spicy spreads, there are hundreds to try. The shop sells mustard to go, as well as chutneys, salsas, hot sauces, and preserves. As far as weird museums go, this one definitely cuts the mustard!

7477 Hubbard Ave. Middleton, WI

Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum


Barney Smith is an artist with a unique twist… he makes masterpieces on the "throne," shall we say. Everything at Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum is the creation of Smith's, a friendly fella in his mid-90s who has been at his unique craft for decades. To date, more than 1,335 toilet seats have been touched by his artistic talent and are on display in his specialized museum housed in a detached garage in a San Antonio suburb. Each seat tells a story… a piece of Smith's rich history. Toilet seats which were tossed aside became unlikely canvases for his creative expression. This kitschy place may just become your #1 (or 2) favorite weird road trip pit stop!

239 Abiso Ave. San Antonio, TX

Idaho Potato Museum


Visit the Idaho Potato Museum and learn all you ever wanted to know about the Idaho Potato, which is far more than McDonald's fries could ever teach you. From the revolution of the potato industry to the largest chip ever made by Pringle's, this potato palace is full of facts, figures, and fun. Naturally, you'll want to break for lunch at the Potato Station Cafe for a trip to the baked potato bar, a plate of crispy French fries, a potato roll sandwich, potato salad, or even a scoop of potato ice cream. Hey, don't knock it 'till you try it. Idaho Potato Museum is a favorite for adults and kids of all ages (even tots). Stop in and find out why this spud's for you!

13 Northwest Main St. Blackfoot, ID

These "who knew?" museums will pique your interest for the weird and wacky. Admission has never been so amusing!

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Best Jobs for People Who Love To Travel

If you want to travel but have a job that is currently holding you back, here are a few of our suggestions for the best jobs for people who love to travel.

For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.



A translator is a wonderful job for those who want to travel. It will bring you to many places as you work, so long as those places speak the language you can translate. The great thing about translating is the variety of work you can get by translating for specific clients or just translating for tourists in the area. You can choose what type of scene you wish to work in very easily.


A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

This may not sound like a job that allows you to travel, but schools all around the world are always looking for more people to teach English.

In this career, you would move near the school that you would teach at and live there over the course of your time there. The interesting thing about this job is that it does not necessarily require a teaching degree, depending on the school and country in question. You also get to live in a new country for an extended period.

When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

The Big Stops: Tourist Seattle

If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.


Mt. Rainier

For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

Pike Place

And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.


Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.


Chihuly Gardens

For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

Museum of Pop

For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.


You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

Seattle Undergroundpinterest

Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

Washington Park

You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.


Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

Discovery Parktrip

Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

Sarbucks Reserve

Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

West SeattleWest Seattle

There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

Pioneer Square SeattleExpedia

Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.

What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!


Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

buy happiness You sure about that?

Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

weed world truck

An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

weed world store Hiroki Kittaka

The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

weed world wall art Nicole Mallete

The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.