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South San Francisco, California

Lucia and Aristides Demetrios Wind Harp

A large instrument played by the wind
37.6541, -122.3873
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Astronomical Clock

Macabre astrological automaton clock dating to the late 1400s
50.0870, 14.4208
Simi Valley, California

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

Eccentric folk art landmark constructed out of trash
34.2795, -118.7046
Wax anatomy at La Specola
Florence, Italy

La Specola Anatomical Collection

The largest and most famous wax anatomical collection anywhere in the world
43.7645, 11.2470
San Francisco, California

Musée Mécanique

A collection of 20th-century automata, penny arcade games, and musical contraptions
37.8093, -122.4159
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mutter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities, and home to the remains of Einstein's Brain
39.9535, -75.1768
Calipatria, California

Salvation Mountain

Self-built mound covered in messages of God's love
33.2542, -115.4727
Los Angeles, California

Watts Towers

America's most famous piece of self-built architecture
33.9393, -118.2610
San Jose, California

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune
37.3189, -121.9506
Don't let the unassuming entrance fool you.
Culver City, California

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

A modern day curiosity cabinet
34.0257, -118.3953
Austin, Texas

Congress Bridge Bats

Home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, estimated at 1.5 million bats.
30.2608, -97.7456
United Kingdom

Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland's Brobdingnagian stepping stones
55.2417, -6.5112
Albany, California

The Bone Room

A store that sells all manner of bones, insects, and animal curiosities.
37.8910, -122.2854
Los Angeles, California

Necromance

Medical and Zoological Curiosites for Sale
34.0833, -118.3468
Berkeley, California

East Bay Vivarium

An amazing collection of fantastic reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and insects
37.8696, -122.2991
Seattle, Washington

Fremont Troll

A giant Troll lurks under a Seattle bridge overpass
47.6523, -122.3473
Paxton Gate Exterior
San Francisco, California

Paxton Gate

A shop full of natural curiosities, carnivorous plants, and costumed taxidermied mice
37.7596, -122.4217
San Francisco, California

The Pirate Shop at 826 Valencia

An essential stop before plundering, BYO Cutlass
37.7596, -122.4214
Mayer, Arizona

Arcosanti

An urban laboratory
34.3431, -112.1007
Gold Rush Steakhouse at the Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, California

Madonna Inn

A hotel/restaurant serving as the mecca of kitsch
35.2660, -120.6737
The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill
San Francisco, California

The Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Staircase winds down the side of Telegraph Hill through gardens, wild parrots flying overhead
37.8021, -122.4039
New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned urban park
40.7392, -74.0083
Oakland, California

Mountain View Cemetery

Oakland's beautiful monumental cemetery
37.8340, -122.2393
San Francisco, California

Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection

A walk-in working camera obscura produces 360 degree live images of the San Francisco coast
37.7783, -122.5142