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Kuching, Malaysia

Sarawak Museum

The oldest museum in Borneo is a cornucopia of rare taxidermy and human skulls.
Bestari Jaya, Malaysia

Flashing Fireflies of Kampung Kuantan

Malaysian fireflies create a dazzling display as thousands light up in unison.
New York, New York

American Museum of Natural History Mountain Gorilla Diorama

Creating this diorama spurred naturalist Carl Akeley to begin advocating to protect the apes.
New York, New York

Komodo Dragon Diorama

Here be dragons.
Cairns, Australia

Cairns Library Bats

These flying foxes dangle from the trees around the library like fuzzy black fruit.
Hamelin Bay, Australia

Hamelin Bay Beach

Incredible rock formations jut from the southern end of this spectacular stingray-viewing spot.
New York, New York

Hall of North American Mammals

Outstanding taxidermy dioramas showcase the grandeur of the continent's wildlife with spooky realism.
Bayeux, France

Bayeux Tapestry

This enormous "cloth of the conquest" depicts the Norman invasion of England in mind-blowing detail.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Abandoned Jazzland

A theme park that suffered massive flooding during Katrina, abandoned and proving irresistible to trespassing explorers.
Pearl River, Louisiana

Honey Island Swamp

Legend says a primate-like cryptid prowls this otherworldy sliver of the Louisiana bayou.
Atlanta, Georgia

Center for Puppetry Arts

The largest puppetry museum in the USA houses the world's most complete collection of Jim Henson artifacts.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Gable Stones

In the days before house numbers, these colorful signs held clues about various buildings' purposes.
Adelaide, Australia

'A Day Out'

These bronze sculptures sow whimsy by hamming it up on a pedestrian mall.
Paris, France

Water Tank Beneath Palais Garnier

The subterranean "lake" below the Paris opera house inspired the Phantom of the Opera's lair.
Munich, Germany

Wurmeck

A fearsome dragon clings to a corner of Munich's city hall.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Scallop Shell Pulpit

The oldest operational cathedral in the U.S. has one shell of a way of projecting the voices of its speakers.
New Orleans, Louisiana

United Fruit Company Building

The beautiful, fruit-covered facade hints at this building's former life.
Esperance, Australia

Skylab’s Remains

A tiny museum in Esperance, Australia, displays a bunch of space debris from NASA’s Skylab.
Atlanta, Georgia

Noguchi Playscape

This angular brutalist playground turns playtime into modern art time.
West Yellowstone, Montana

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

The residents at this Yellowstone wildlife park will certify your cooler as "bear-proof."
New Orleans, Louisiana

Confederate Civil War Museum

Louisiana's oldest museum, a treasure trove of relics and a memorial to the forgotten soldiers of the south.
Sainte-Mère-Église, France

Private John Steele Monument

An effigy of a trapped paratrooper dangles from a Normandy church to commemorate one remarkable D-Day event.
Washington, D.C.

Site of the Union Station Train Crash

A 1,100-ton train fell through the floor in 1953. Workers got it patched up in just 72 hours.
Nangetty, Australia

Coalseam Conservation Park

Created as a coal reserve, it is today a natural park with stunning wildflowers, ancient marine fossils, and remnants of a 19th century mine.