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San Francisco, California

Musée Mécanique

A collection of 20th-century automata, penny arcade games, and musical contraptions
37.8093, -122.4159
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
Silver Spring, Maryland

National Museum of Health and Medicine

An astounding collection of medical specimens, including bits of President Lincoln
39.0042, -77.0392
Farmington Hills, Michigan

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Astounding collection of coin-operated games and automata
42.5254, -83.3600
Washington, District of Columbia

Palace of wonders

Bar full of oddities, specimens, artifacts and homages to the great dime museums of the past
38.9003, -76.9897
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
13.7477, 100.5472
Raleigh, North Carolina

Bain Waterworks Plant

Art Deco urban decay at this historical building
35.7581, -78.6413
Hamtramck, Michigan

Hamtramck Disneyland

A wacky two-story folk-art assemblage of carved and found objects, with lights, motion, and sound
42.4072, -83.0586
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
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
Detroit, Michigan

Heidelberg Project

One man's attempt to create an artistic wonder on a run-down block in Detroit
42.3586, -83.0215
Freaks of Nature
Austin, Texas

The Museum of the Weird

Continuing the tradition of the dime museum in style
30.2670, -97.7387
Austin, Texas

Cathedral of Junk

An unique structure in suburban Austin comprised entirely of other people's castaways
30.2186, -97.7714
Plaster cast of a dog at Pompeii
Pompei, Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

Their last minutes captured in plaster
40.7492, 14.5007
Detroit, Michigan

Trumbullplex

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

Motown Historical Museum

Berry Gordy Jr.'s old home, the original headquarters of Motown Record Corporation
42.3641, -83.0883
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
42.3433, -82.9744
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
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
Entrance to the museum
Fort Meade, Maryland

National Cryptologic Museum

A priceless collection of the Nation's cryptologic history
39.1117, -76.7711
The former columns of the U.S. Capitol date from 1829. (Leah Caldwell/Atlas Obscura)
Washington, District of Columbia

National Capitol Columns

Our country's Capitol's former columns still stand
38.9104, -76.9676
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
Dripping Springs, Texas

Hamilton Pool

An emerald-green grotto just a short trip from Austin
30.3423, -98.1271
Ellicott City, Maryland

Enchanted Forest Theme Park

Remnants of a storybook amusement park hidden behind a strip mall
39.2871, -76.8031