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Baltimore, Maryland

George Peabody Library

It's not hard to see why the historic Peabody Conservatory of Music's library has been described as a "cathedral of books."
39.2972, -76.6150
The former columns of the U.S. Capitol date from 1829.
Washington, D.C.

National Capitol Columns

The United States Capitol's former columns still stand.
38.9104, -76.9676
Lucky visitors to the Supreme Court play basketball.
Washington, D.C.

The Highest Court of the Land

There just so happens to be a court even higher than the U.S Supreme Court: a basketball court in the building itself.
38.8906, -77.0044
Austin, Texas

Cathedral of Junk

An unique structure in suburban Austin comprised entirely of other people's castaways
30.2186, -97.7714
Waxahachie, Texas

Munster Mansion

A victorian mansion, painstakingly reproduced to appear just as the the Munster's family home did on TV.
32.4361, -96.8107
Freaks of Nature
Austin, Texas

The Museum of the Weird

Continuing the tradition of the dime museum in style
30.2670, -97.7387
A view of the 'Skin and Bones' collection. (Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata)
Austin, Texas

Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata

DIY collection of eclectic holdings
30.2802, -97.7152
Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum
San Antonio, Texas

Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum

A master plumber has turned his love of art and toilets into a folk museum that's not taking a piss.
29.4818, -98.4697
Dripping Springs, Texas

Hamilton Pool

An emerald-green grotto just a short trip from Austin
30.3423, -98.1271
Many of the phalluses are adorned with garlands of flowers and have coins scattered at their bases
Bangkok, Thailand

Goddess Tuptim Shrine

A forest of phallic offerings found in a quiet corner of a hotel car park
13.7466, 100.5461
Milwaukie, Oregon

Legendary Safari Club

Hunting trophies decorate Oregon's most unique bar-restaurant
45.4169, -122.6416
San Francisco, California

Musée Mécanique

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

Edison's Last Breath at the Henry Ford Museum

Housed in the Henry Ford museum is a test tube said to hold Thomas Edison's last breath
42.3001, -83.2329
Charlevoix, Michigan

Earl Young Gnome Houses

Unique Michigan homes look like something out of Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings"
45.3181, -85.2584
Raleigh, North Carolina

Bain Waterworks Plant

Art Deco urban decay at this historical building
35.7581, -78.6413
Plaster cast of a dog at Pompeii.
Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

The last moments of the ill-fated Pompeiians, frozen forever in plaster.
40.7516, 14.4903
Jackson, Michigan

Michigan Space and Science Center

Center filled with hands-on displays served as a tribute to several astronauts with connections to the state
42.1653, -84.4028
Bones from the former Magdeleine cemetery (La Ville Leveque Street numbers 1 and 2). Deposited in 1844 in the western ossuary (bone repository) and transferred to the catacombs in September 1859.
Paris, France

Catacombes de Paris

The Catacombs hold secrets much stranger than the bones stacked within them
48.8343, 2.3322
Farmington Hills, Michigan

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Astounding collection of coin-operated games and automata
42.5254, -83.3600
Hamtramck, Michigan

Hamtramck Disneyland

A wacky two-story folk-art assemblage of carved and found objects, with lights, motion, and sound now in need of financial support.
42.4072, -83.0586
Ornate entrance to the building.
Detroit, Michigan

Belle Isle Aquarium

At its closure in 2005, the Belle Isle Aquarium was the nation’s longest continually running aquarium
42.3366, -82.9853
Detroit, Michigan

Motown Historical Museum

Berry Gordy Jr.'s old home, the original headquarters of Motown Record Corporation
42.3641, -83.0883
Detroit, Michigan

Trumbullplex

Detroit housing collective working to create an "environment for revolutionary change"
42.3469, -83.0753
Detroit, Michigan

Heidelberg Project

One man's attempt to create an artistic wonder on a run-down block in Detroit.
42.3586, -83.0215