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A Global Celebration of Unusual Places

Obscura Day, 2015

Held on May 30th, 2015 Obscura Day 2015 consisted of more than 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries, all on a single day, and all designed to celebrate the world's most curious and awe-inspiring places.

May 30
Alameda, California

Obscura Day 2015: Private Tour and Play at the Pacific Pinball Museum

Join us for a rare opportunity to tour the Pacific Pinball Museum before open hours, then stay for the day to play!
May 30
Albany, California

Obscura Day 2015: The Bone Room Natural Curiosities and Art

Join us at the Bone Room this Obscura Day for a game we like to call "Stump the Bone Room"!
Kings Bowl and Great Rift from air. King's Bowl is a phreatic explosion pit 280 feet (90 m) long, 100 feet (30 m) wide, and 100 feet (30 m) deep, caused by lava meeting groundwater and producing a steam explosion 2,200 years ago. (Wikimedia Commons)
May 30
Arco, Idaho

Obscura Day 2015: Craters of the Moon

Join us in exploring America's only officially "weird" National Park.
May 30
Athens, Ohio

Obscura Day 2015: John E. Edwards Accelerator Laboratory

Tour the 4.5 million volt tandem particle accelerator at Edwards Accelerator Laboratory!
May 30
Athens, Ohio

Obscura Day 2015: Edwards Accelerator Laboratory

Tour the 4.5 million volt tandem particle accelerator at Edwards Accelerator Laboratory!
Lock of Elvis' Hair and Marilyn Monroe's Cigarette Butt
May 30
Austin, Texas

Obscura Day 2015: The Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata

Where does the museum end and real life begin?
May 30
Austin, Texas

Obscura Day 2015: Cathedral of Junk

Trash becomes treasure on a monumental level in this suburban backyard.
Paddlefish
May 30
Belknap, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: Underwater Wonders of Mermet Springs

Visit this unexpected diver's paradise without getting wet!
May 30
Bishop, California

Obscura Day 2015: The End of the Line at Laws Railroad Museum

Step back into the past to experience life in a historic railroad town and ride aboard an authentic 1927 Death Valley Railroad car!
May 30
Black Hawk, Colorado

Obscura Day 2015: Central City Cemetery Complex Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a light-hearted exploration of Colorado's gold rush cemeteries.
May 30
Boston, Massachusetts

Obscura Day 2015: Hidden at the Boston Athenæum

Step behind the Boston Athenæum's​ red leather doors on Beacon Street.
The Ether Dome's resident skeleton
May 30
Boston, Massachusetts

Obscura Day 2015: Inside the Ether Dome

Join us on Obscura Day for a private tour of the Ether Dome and the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.
May 30
Bristol, Rhode Island

Obscura Day 2015: An Evening at Musée Patamécanique

Join us for a very special evening exploration of a secret, hidden Wunderkammer
Robotic Church
May 30
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Robotic Church

Join us at Amorphic Robot Works this Obscura Day for a private robotic concert in a historic Red Hook seamen's church.
May 30
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Day 2015: Dead Horse Bay

From vintage glass to horse bones, Dead Horse Bay is a treasure trove of wonder.
May 30
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Day 2015: Free Pinball at the Sunshine Laundromat

One of the greatest pinball machine collections in New York is hidden in the back of this Greenpoint laundromat. On Obscura Day the pinball is free!
May 30
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Van Brunt Stillhouse

Daric Schlesselman and his wife started with one grain and turned it into an artisanal distillery, straight out of Red Hook!
May 30
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Day 2015: Behind the Scenes at the Brooklyn Army Terminal

From massive military supply base to thriving modern-day industrial park, uncover the layers of history found within the Brooklyn Army Terminal
May 30
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Day 2015: Islands of the Undesirables

Discover the dark and fascinating history of New York City's penal, quarantine and asylum islands aboard the Water Table on this special Obscura Day cruise
May 30
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Day 2015: Celebrate Brooklyn Spaces!

Join us for a delirious evening of riotous music, dazzling acrobatics, and amazing photography as we celebrate the launch of Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture & Creativity!
May 30
Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Steam Engines of Pratt Institute

How one man powered an entire university
May 30
Butte, Montana

Obscura Day 2015: The Berkeley Pit Mine

Join us for an expert-led tour of the country's largest Superfund site.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park
May 30
Calhan, Colorado

Obscura Day 2015: Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Join us as we explore the fantastically colorful hoodoos and spires of a natural geological wonder, hidden in the El Paso County plains.
Wood type
May 30
Carson, California

Obscura Day 2015: The International Printing Museum

The world's largest collection of vintage printing machinery!
Blue Waters Super Computer
May 30
Champaign, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: Behind the Scenes at the Blue Waters Supercomputer

Join us for exclusive access to one of the world's most powerful computing centers.
May 30
Charleston, South Carolina

Obscura Day 2015: Tuberculosis in 20th- Century Charleston

Delve into the special collections of the Waring Historical Library as we discuss the history of tuberculosis treatment in 20th- century Charleston.
May 30
Chatsworth, California

Obscura Day 2015: Valley Relics Museum

Discover the history of the San Fernando Valley from the 1800's to the 1980's.
Complementary Architecture
May 30
Chicago, Illinois

Paleontological Architecture of the Chicago Loop

Chicago is surrounded by fossils ... not just in the ground, but up in the buildings. Walk along as we unearth the ancient history that surrounds us.
International Museum of Surgical Science
May 30
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: The International Museum of Surgical Science

Join us for a special tour of the artistic side of the museum and the mansion that houses it.
Henson's Writing Ball
May 30
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: The Art of Letter Writing

Enjoy exclusive access to the Letter Writers Alliance Club House in celebration of Obscura Day.
May 30
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: Fishes of the Field Museum

Join us for an exclusive tour of the Field Museum's Piscine Collection.
A collection of buttons for Valentine's Day
May 30
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: Explore the Busy Beaver Button Company

Busy Beaver is the button maker to the world. Now you can see just how they do it.
The Getty Tomb
May 30
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: The Grounds of Graceland Cemetery

Stroll amongst the dead and the artwork that commemorates their passing.
A typical headline of the day
May 30
Chicago, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: Walking in the Footsteps of Leopold and Loeb

Join us as we revisit what was called "The Crime of the Century".
May Natural History Museum
May 30
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Obscura Day 2015: Behind the Scenes at the May Natural History Museum

Join us for a very special tour of the world's largest private insect collection!
May 30
Columbus, Georgia

Obscura Day 2015: The Lunch Box Museum

Join founder, collector and curator Allen Woodall for a special guided tour of the Lunch Box Museum!
May 30
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Coney Island Museum

Mermaids, cyclones and sideshows....welcome to Coney Island!
May 30
Corning, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Corning Museum of Glass

Explore 35 centuries of glass art, from ancient to contemporary works.
May 30
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Obscura Day 2015: The Squirrel Cage Jail

Join us after-hours at the Squirrel Cage Jail for a tour of one of the last remaining rotary jails!
May 30
Dayton, Nevada

Obscura Day 2015: The Republic of Molossia

Join us for a tour of Molossia, the World's Smallest Sovereign Republic!
May 30
Detroit, Michigan

Obscura Day 2015: Woodmere Cemetery

Visit the Midwest's "cradle of cremation" on a historic tour of Woodmere Cemetery.
MBAD African Bead Museum
May 30
Detroit, Michigan

Obscura Day 2015: Mbad's African Bead Museum

Join Olayami Dabls—esteemed fine-artist, museum curator, and historian—at the Mbad African Bead Museum to explore the history of African material culture and the sculptures that surround the museum.
May 30
Elkin, North Carolina

Obscura Day 2015: Inside the Elkin Cabinet of Curiosity

Join us for a visit to a private wunderkammer!
May 30
Fairfax, Virginia

Obscura Day 2015: Hands On at the National Firearms Museum

Go behind-the-scenes at the NRA National Firearms Museum for a hands-on session with historic guns.
May 30
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Obscura Day 2015: Hammond Castle

Learn about the Middle Ages from rogue historian Dan Veksler of Other World Tours while exploring one of the best kept secrets of quirky New England.
May 30
Hartsdale, New York

Obscura Day 2015: Hartsdale Pet Cemetery

Join us for a private tour of America's first pet burial ground and the oldest continuously operating pet cemetery in the world.
May 30
Houston, Texas

Obscura Day 2015: National Museum of Funeral History

Join us for a guided exploration of the history, science and art of death.
May 30
Indianapolis, Indiana

Obscura Day 2015: The Indiana Medical History Museum

Join us this Obscura Day for a presentation of strange and curious medical artifacts in the historic amphitheater of the Indiana Medical History Museum!
Some areas of the catacombs have held up better than others
May 30
Indianapolis, Indiana

Obscura Day 2015: The Market Street Catacombs

Join Indiana Landmarks this Obscura Day as we head underneath the Indianapolis City Market to explore a hidden network of subterranean passageways.
Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum
May 30
Joshua Tree, California

Obscura Day 2015: Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Art Museum

Explore 7.5 acres of large-scale environmental sculpture on the desert floor of Joshua Tree.
May 30
Las Vegas, Nevada

Obscura Day 2015: Atomic Artifacts at the National Atomic Testing Museum

Join us for a tour of the National Atomic Testing Museum and a chance to view rare artifacts from the museum's collections, typically not on public display!
May 30
LeRoy, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Jello Gallery Jiggle

Join us at the place where Jello was invented for Jello history, Jello science, and Jello taste tests!
Route 66 marker for the Sky View
May 30
Litchfield, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: Catching a Flick at Route 66's Last Drive-In

Since 1950, the summer skies of Litchfield have been filled with Hollywood.
May 30
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Day 2015: Bottle Art of Phantasma Gloria

Hidden in Echo Park is a glorious glasswork homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe.
May 30
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Day 2015: Strange & Cursed Histories - Griffith Park Part One

Join the Obscura Society as we hike LA’s most fascinating park!
May 30
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Day 2015: Climb Mount Hollywood

Experience 360 degree views of Los Angeles from Dante’s View
Diorama #2 "Setting the Stage": Arjun & Krishna
May 30
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Day 2015: Bhagavad-gita Museum

Join us as we explore the Bhagavad-gita Museum, a collection of dioramas and animatronic Hindu deities in the heart of Culver City.
May 30
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Day 2015: Celebrate LA!

Obscura Day is a global cultural event in which people all over the world–from Paris to Poughkeepsie–go out in groups to explore the "curious" places in their hometowns.
May 30
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Day 2015: Pop-Up Adventure Tour with Mojo Maps

"Freedom lies in being bold." – Robert Frost
May 30
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Day 2015: Abandoned Zoo & Fire Survivors of the Merry-Go-Round - Griffith Park Part Two

Join us as we explore the fun and fabulous Eastside of Griffith Park!
May 30
Los Angeles, California

Obscura Day 2015: Backstage at Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Join us for an unusual marionette experience complete with Mama & Papa Goat, tap dancing Frogs, and hundreds of other friends from the farm!
May 30
Louisville, Kentucky

Obscura Day 2015: The Louisville Mega Cavern

Head under Louisville this Obscura Day to explore the hidden depths of the Louisville Mega Cavern!
May 30
Lucas, Kansas

Obscura Day 2015: The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things

Join us for a rare opportunity to view the entire collection in one place!
May 30
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Obscura Day 2015: Hidden Waterways of Mammoth Cave National Park

Join researchers in conducting a dye-tracing experiment as we track the flow of water through the world's longest cave system!
May 30
Marblehead, Massachusetts

Obscura Day 2015: Old Marblehead, Massachusetts

Uncover America's fascinating past in a guided exploration of this 17th- century colonial port town.
May 30
Mayer, Arizona

Obscura Day 2015: The Arcology of Arcosanti

Explore where architecture and ecology unite in Paolo Soleri's unique vision for compact city design.
May 30
Middle Village, Queens, New York

Obscura Day 2015: Cypress Hills Taxidermy Studio

John Youngaitis takes the lost art of taxidermy and brings it back to life in Middle Village, Queens.
The interior of Shaker's Cigar Bar
May 30
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Obscura Day 2015: Shaker's Cigar Bar & the Cream City Cannibal

Come to one of America's most allegedly haunted bars for a night of ghostly fun…and killer cocktails (no pun intended)!
The interior of Shaker's Cigar Bar
May 30
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Obscura Day 2015: Shaker's Cigar Bar and the Whoring '20s

Come to one of America's most allegedly haunted bars for a night of ghostly fun…and killer cocktails (no pun intended)!
May 30
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Obscura Day 2015: Shaker's Cigar Bar & The Milwauking Dead

Come to one of America's most allegedly haunted bars for a night of ghostly fun…and killer cocktails (no pun intended)!
Sculptor Allen Christian in his House of Balls
May 30
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Obscura Day 2015: Tour Minneapolis' House of Balls

Join us in exploring sculptor Allen Christian's "House of Balls", a funhouse of found art and participatory sculpture.
May 30
Montrose, California

Obscura Day 2015: Retreat to Rockhaven Sanitarium

Where the feeble-minded sought dignified treatment in a peaceful valley
Note the bleeding splinter.
May 30
Montrose, South Dakota

Obscura Day 2015: Porter Sculpture Park

Explore Wayne Porter's surreal roadside gallery of large-scale metal sculptures.
May 30
Morristown, New Jersey

Obscura Day 2015: Crazy Mechanical Clowns! Automata from the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection

Is there anything scarier than a 100 year old clown?
Cushing Brain Collection, Yale
May 30
New Haven, Connecticut

Obscura Day 2015: The Cushing Brain Collection

Join us as we tour a historic collection of diseased brains and their new, custom-built home.
May 30
New Orleans, Louisiana

Obscura Day 2015: The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans

Join us to explore the life and legends of the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, one of the most powerful women in New Orleans history!
May 30
New York, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Morris-Jumel Mansion

If These Walls Could Talk: A tour of the oldest residence in Manhattan
May 30
New York, New York

Copy of Obscura Day 2015: Exploring the Explorers Club (1465413287)

Behind the closed doors of this legendary clubhouse awaits a treasure trove of artifacts collected over a century of expeditions to the far corners of the earth (and beyond)...
May 30
New York, New York

Obscura Day 2015: McSorley's Ale House

Grab a pint and some history in New York City's oldest Irish Tavern!
May 30
New York, New York

Obscura Day 2015: Exploring the Explorers Club

Behind the closed doors of this legendary clubhouse awaits a treasure trove of artifacts collected over a century of expeditions to the far corners of the earth (and beyond)...
May 30
New York, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Gilded Age - Explore the Ruins of a Forgotten City in the Middle of Manhattan

Decode the architecture and cityscape of Midtown Manhattan to unveil the hidden history of an era gone by
Rubens' Tube -  fire sculpture that pulses with music
May 30
Oakland, California

Obscura Day 2015: Inside the Crucible

Join us for a tour of the Crucible, an industrial arts collective specializing in the more fiery, metal-y art forms.
May 30
Palmdale, California

Obscura Day 2015: Falconry in the High Desert

Escape Los Angeles and join Obscura Society LA for an unforgettable adventure.
May 30
Pasadena, California

Obscura Day 2015: Private Pinball Party

Where old pinball machines go to thrive.
One of the live residents of the Bunny Museum
May 30
Pasadena, California

Obscura Day 2015: The Bunny Museum

Visit "the hoppiest place in the world".
May 30
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Obscura Day 2015: Explorations and Exhumations at Laurel Hill Cemetery

An evening of sepulchral exploration among those immortalized inhabitants who call Laurel Hill Cemetery home.
May 30
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Obscura Day 2015: Exploring Eastern State Penitentiary

Spend Obscura Day behind bars at one of America's most notorious prisons...
May 30
Phildelphia, Pennsylvania

Obscura Day 2015: Hidden Pages, An Afternoon of Rare and Occult Books

Enjoy a curated experience on demonology, witchcraft, classic horror, and the supernatural in the lavish reading room of the Philadelphia Athenaeum.
Blocked-off tunnel entrance. Copyright Michael P. Jones/Cascade Geographic Society 2010.
May 30
Portland, Oregon

Obscura Day 2015: The Haunting Architecture of the Shanghai Tunnels

Venture underground into the darkness and shadows of the Shanghai Tunnels with Cascade Geographic Society.
May 30
Portland, Maine

Obscura Day 2015: Celebrating the Coelacanth at the International Cryptozoology Museum

Obscura Day 2015 is also Happy Coelacanth Day!
Reed Reactor
May 30
Portland, Oregon

Obscura Day 2015: The Reed Research Reactor

Join us for a tour of the Reed College Research Reactor, the world's only nuclear reactor operated primarily by undergraduates.
The competition is fierce!
May 30
Portland, Oregon

Obscura Day 2015: Portland's 109th Annual Staring Contest

To celebrate Obscura Day, Portland's Freakybuttrue Peculiarium will be hosting the most obscure contest on earth.
May 30
Rochester, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Secrets of Mount Hope Cemetery

Come explore Rochester's historic cemetery like it has rarely been before.
Railsplitter Covered Wagon
May 29
Route 66, Illinois

Caravanning Illinois' Route 66

Join us as we explore the first 300 miles of the mother road.
May 30
Sacramento, California

Obscura Day 2015: Sacramento Underground

Discover how a 19th- century railroad city rose to lift itself from the flood.
May 30
Salem, Massachusetts

Obscura Day 2015: Midnight in Salem

A witching-hour exploration of the streets of Salem.
May 30
Sandia Park, New Mexico

Obscura Day 2015: Tinkertown and Creator's Workshop Tour

50,000 glass bottles enclosing 22 rooms of artwork and American ephemera, collected over the course of a lifetime...
May 30
San Diego, California

Obscura Day 2015: California Express at San Diego's Model Railroad Museum

Come ride the express to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of San Diego's Model Railroad Museum!
May 30
San Francisco, California

Obscura Day 2015: Inside the Stacks of the Prelinger Library

Join us for a guided exploration of the "appropriation-friendly" stacks of Prelinger Library!
The Interval @ Long Now in San Francisco
May 30
San Francisco, California

Obscura Day 2015: The Interval at Long Now

Join us as we explore the art of long-term thinking!
May 30
San Francisco, California

Obscura Day 2015: Philatelicism in SF!

Join us on Obscura Day to explore the mysteries of philatelicism!
Map of Boomeria
May 30
Santa Cruz, California

Obscura Day 2015: The Kingdom of Boomeria

Enter a magical world of science, music and history as we explore the Kingdom of Boomeria!
The Museum Of Wonder
May 30
Seale, Alabama

Obscura Day 2015: The Museum of Wonder

Join us for a guided tour of Butch Anthony's folk art mecca.
Kubota Gardens
May 30
Seattle, Washington

Obscura Day 2015: Guided Tour of Kubota Gardens

A rare fusion of American and Japanese garden design, Kubota Gardens delights the senses.
May 30
Seattle, Washington

Obscura Day 2015: Tour and Tasting at the Old Ballard Liquour Co.

See how they make the good stuff in Ballard--and then drink it!
In Situ Switching Machinery
May 30
Seattle, Washington

Obscura Day 2015: Delve into Telehistory at the Museum of Communications

The history of the telephone from Alexander Graham Bell to Ma Bell is on display in this old central office turned museum.
Dusty Tomes
May 30
Seattle, Washington

Secret Collections of the Allen Library

Deep beneath the University of Washington's Allen Library lie objects and lore not apparent from the card catalog.
May 30
Silver Spring, Maryland

Obscura Day 2015: Save Our Seminary

Join us on Obscura Day as we explore long-forgotten National Park Seminary.
The staff at FAST Corporation
May 30
Sparta, Wisconsin

Obscura Day 2015: Tour of the FAST Corp Fabrication Facilities and Mold Field

Join Darren Schauf as he takes you on a tour of massive proportions in Wisconsin's finest fiberglass fabrication facility.
May 30
St. Louis, Missouri

Obscura Day: The Cotton Belt Rail Depot

Explore an abandoned train depot along the banks of the Mississippi.
May 30
St. Paul, Minnesota

Obscura Day 2015: Explore the Wabasha Street Caves

From silica mines to mushrooms, prohibition-era gangsters to disco...
May 30
Sunnyside, Queens, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Skillman Avenue Corridor

Explore the Industrial Back Alley of Western Queens.
May 30
Sun Valley, California

Obscura Day 2015: Curiosity Crawl at Dapper Cadaver

The finest in scientific, death-related, and haunted house props.
May 30
Tarzana, California

Obscura Day 2015: HexLab Makerspace

3-D printing, laser cutting, CNC machines, electronics, soldering, and more!
May 30
The Bronx, New York

Obscura Day 2015: Afterlives After Hours at Woodlawn Cemetery

Step behind the locked gate and into the mausoleums of the most lavish necropolis in the Bronx.
May 30
Tucson, Arizona

Obscura Day 2015: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Scavenger Hunt

Travel through history, explore the world and discover the Enchanted Realm this Obscura Day at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures!
May 30
Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Obscura Day 2015: Live Printing at The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

Come to the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum for an open house and learn how to dot your "I"s and cross your "T"s the old school way.
May 30
Washington, D.C.

Obscura Day 2015: The Secrets of the Society of Cincinnati

Come explore how the Society of Cincinnati changed American history.
May 30
Washington, D.C.

Obscura Day 2015: Under the District

Explore the subterranean trolley station under Dupont Circle that was left in ruins.
May 30
Washington, D.C.

Obscura Day 2015: Sinners & Scoundrels

Join us on Obscura Day as we take a trip to discover the secrets hidden six feet below at Congressional Cemetery.
Fort DeRussy
May 30
Washington, D.C.

Obscura Day 2015: Protecting the Capitol

From legendary stones to a hidden fort, join us as we discover what protected the Capitol.
The Salt Flats
May 30
Wendover, Utah

Obscura Day 2015: Bonneville Salt Flats & Speedway

Learn about the geology of the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) with a special focus on its racing heritage.
May 30
West Babylon, Long Island, New York

Obscura Day 2015: Urban Foraging in Belmont Lake State Park

"Wildman" Steve Brill takes us on an edible journey through this hidden gem of Long Island.
Spider Web Farm Sign
May 30
Williamstown, Vermont

Obscura Day 2015: Knight's Spider Web Farm

Join us as we explore "the original website"; the world's only spider web farm!
May 30
Wilmette, Illinois

Obscura Day 2015: Exploring Chicago's Baha'i Temple

The Baha'i faith welcomes everyone to find peace in their beautiful temple and gardens.
May 30
Winterest, Iowa

Obscura Day 2015: John Wayne Birthplace Museum

Explore the home of John Wayne's birth and the newly opened John Wayne Birthplace Museum.
Recent work by Eric Adjetey Anang
May 30
Accra, Ghana

Obscura Day 2015: Kane Kwei Coffin Workshop

Join Eric Anang, manager of the Kane Kwei workshop, to discover the history and artistry behind designing and creating some of the most unusual coffins imaginable.
May 30
Athens, Greece

Obscura Day 2015: Epidaurus & Mycenae

Join us as we explore the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae.
May 30
Barcelona, Spain

Obscura Day 2015: The Funeral Carriage Collection of Montjuïc Cemetery

The finest in 19th and 20th- century cadaver transportation...
May 30
Berlin, Germany

Obscura Day 2015: Design Panoptikum

Don't go to the art galleries, go to the scrapyards!
May 30
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Obscura Day 2015: Urban Art Experience with Graffitimundo

Join Graffitimundo this Obscura Day for a street art tour of Buenos Aires!
May 30
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Obscura Day 2015: Graffitimundo Stencil Workshop

This Obscura Day, learn the art of stencils from the masters!
Ingapirca
May 30
Cuenca, Ecuador

Obscura Day 2015: The Ruins of Ingapirca

Explore an ancient Incan temple of the sun.
Goa Gajah
May 30
Denpasar, Indonesia

Obscura Day 2015: The Sacred Caves of Bali

Join us for an exploration of Bali's sacred Hindu cave temples.
May 30
Dresden, Germany

Obscura Day 2015: Inside the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Join us for a very special behind-the-scenes tour!
The Leprechaun Museum
May 30
Dublin, Ireland

Obscura Day 2015: Dark Lands at The National Leprechaun Museum

Join us at The National Leprechaun Museum this Obscura Day to discover the darker side of Irish folklore.
Gilmerton Cove
May 30
Edinburgh, Scotland

Obscura Day 2015: The Mystery of Gilmerton Cove

Join us on Obscura Day to explore the baffling caves of Gilmerton Cove.
Sharmanka Kintetic Theatre
May 30
Glasgow, Scotland

Obscura Day 2015: Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

Discover the clockwork contraptions and haunting automata of Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre in a private viewing of theatrical phantasmagoria!
May 30
Greater London, England

Obscura Day 2015: Barts Pathology Museum

Visit the rarely open Barts Patholgy Museum during special Obscura Day hours!
May 30
Greater London, England

Obscura Day 2015: Inside the Catacombs of West Norwood Cemetery

Join us for a tour of the beautiful memorials and historic catacombs of West Norwood Cemetery.
Icelandic witchcraft was horrifying.
May 30
Hólmavík, Iceland

Obscura Day 2015: An Obscura Day Invocation at the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft

Staves, storm-calling, spell-casting and a very special Obscura Day invocation!
May 30
Johannesburg, South Africa

Obscura Day 2015: Gardens of Soweto

Join us for an unexpected tour through one of the largest, most feared, and best known townships in South Africa.
May 30
Kiev, Ukraine

Obscura Day 2015: Chernobyl's Ghost Cities

Join us for an unforgettable tour of Chernobyl's ghost towns, including Prypiat and Reactor #4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
South Park Street Cemetery
May 30
Kolkata, India

Obscura Day 2015: South Park Street Cemetery Tour

Join us for an in-depth tour of one of the first non-church cemeteries in the world.
Louis Zimmer's Astronomical Clock
May 30
Lier, Belgium

Obscura Day 2015: The Zimmer Clock Tower & Museum

Various cycles of time and the movement of the solar system are charted in Louis Zimmer's beautiful, fascinating masterpiece clock tower.
Pena National Palace
May 30
Lisbon, Portugal

Obscura Day 2015: Mystic Sintra

Join the experts at Go2Cintra this Obscura Day for a tour of the secret spots and magical destinations of Sintra, Portugal.
May 30
Lisbon, Portugal

Obscura Day 2015: Ancient Evora

Join the experts at Go2Cintra this Obscura Day for a tour of one of Europe's oldest cities...
May 30
London, England

Obscura Day 2015: The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History

Join us for a guided tour of the Last Tuesday Society's modern-day cabinet of curiosities.
May 30
London, England

Obscura Day 2015: Butch Anthony at Black Rat Projects

Experience "intertwangelism" with American folk artist Butch Anthony.
May 30
London, England

Obscura Day 2015: Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Join us for a wildlife tour through one of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries.
Old Melbourne Gaol
May 30
Melbourne, Australia

Obscura Day 2015: Inside the Walls of the Old Melbourne Gaol

Step inside the walls of this imposing historic institution to discover Melbourne's criminal past.
May 30
Montreal, Canada

Obscura Day 2015: Secret Science Tour of the McGill University Campus

Join Ingrid Birker, Science Outreach Coordinator of the renowned Redpath Museum, for a guided tour of the secret science spots surrounding the campus.
May 30
Naples, Italy

Obscura Day 2015: The Catacombs of San Gennaro

Head underground to explore 2000 years of faith...
May 30
Oslo, Norway

Obscura Day 2015: Emanuel Vigeland Museum & Mausoleum

Join us for a very special concert within the Vigeland Mausoleum.
Petén style roof comb as seen in Palenque, Tikal and others in the Petén region
May 30
Palenque, Mexico

Obscura Day 2015: Mayan Ruins of the Mexican Jungle - Yaxchilan and Bonampak

Join Wayak Tours this Obscura Day to explore the incredible Mayan ruins of Yaxchilan and the colorful murals of Bonampak.
Bas-relief on the tomb of Étienne-Gaspard Robert, a pioneer in phantasmagoria
May 30
Paris, France

Obscura Day 2015: Mysteries of Paris

Join Mysteries of Paris Tours this Obscura Day to explore the Darkside of the City of Lights.
May 30
Paris, France

Obscura Day 2015: Mysteries of Paris Daytime Walk

Join us for a walk through the macabre and bloody history of the centermost point of Paris.
Monument to the dead
May 30
Paris, France

Obscura Day 2015: Mysteries of Paris - Père Lachaise

Join us for a guided exploration of Père Lachaise, the largest park in Paris and the most famous cemetery in the world.
May 30
Paris, France

Obscura Day 2015: Mysteries of Paris - Night Walk

Join us for a very special after-dark tour of Paris.
photo by dkfriesen.com
May 30
Petra, Jordan

Obscura Day 2015: Ancient Petra

This Obscura Day, discover one of the most astonishing wonders of the ancient world.
May 30
Prague, Czech Republic

Obscura Day 2015: After Dark at the Hrdlička Museum of Man

Join us for an after-hours exploration of the Hrdlička Museum of Man!
May 30
Rome, Italy

Obscura Day 2015: Vigna Randanini

Join us for an exclusive tour of the Jewish catacombs of Rome.
May 30
Rotorua, New Zealand

Obscura Day 2015: Wai-O-Tapu

A rolling, boiling, geothermal wonderland!
May 30
Sofia, Bulgaria

Obscura Day 2015: Perperikon - The Lost Oracle of Dionysus

Follow in the footsteps of ancient rulers and gods as we travel to the long lost Oracle of Dionysus.
The view from the KGB Museum
May 30
Tallinn, Estonia

Obscura Day 2015: "There's Nothing Here" at Hotel Viru's KGB Museum

Join us for a private tour of Hotel Viru's former secret KGB headquarters.
May 30
Trois-Rivières, Canada

Obscura Day 2015: Life Behind Bars at the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières

Experience incarceration in what was once Canada's longest operating prison.
1590 map of Iceland with sea monsters
May 30
Westfjords, Iceland

Obscura Day 2015: Monsters of the World at the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum

Skrímslasetrið hosts a special Obscura Day program for the little ones!
Levon's Divine Underground
May 30
Yerevan, Armenia

Obscura Day 2015: Sacred Armenia

From a 4th- century monastery founded by Gregory the Illuminator to a modern-day "divine underground" hand-carved by a man motivated by visions and dreams, explore Armenia's spiritual side.
Khor Virap Monastery
May 30
Yerevan, Armenia

Obscura Day 2015: Ancient Armenia

Copper Age artifacts, cave-dwellings and 4th- century Christianity....
May 30
Zurich, Switzerland

Obscura Day 2015: Moulagenmuseum Zurich

Tour Moulagenmuseum's extensive collection of disfiguring diseases represented in wax.