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Holiday Gift Guide: Atlas Obscura Books and Calendars
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Alameda, California

Pacific Pinball Museum

Playable, historic pinball machines fill this Alameda museum.
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
San Francisco, California

San Francisco's Cable Car Museum

Not merely a museum – but a whirring powerhouse that offers a subterranean peek into the heart and soul of cable car operations.
Berlin, Germany

Arthouse Tacheles

An old department store turned Nazi prison turned artist commune.
Brussels, Belgium

Manneken Pis

A little sculpture with a large wardrobe.
Brooklyn, New York

Morbid Anatomy Museum

A museum devoted to bringing to light forgotten or neglected histories through exhibitions, education and public programming.
New York, New York

Kenka

Make a tough dinner decision: Octopus wasabi roulette or bull penis?
Brooklyn, New York

Digester Eggs

A modern addition to the Greenpoint skyline.
New York, New York

Irish Hunger Memorial

Blighted Irish field and the ruins of a 19th-century cottage on the edge of urban Manhattan.
Brooklyn, New York

Transmitter Park

Once a ferry dock, radio transmitter, and now a new Greenpoint park.
Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn's Converted Pencil Factory

Built in the 1920s, this former pencil factory is now home to the Atlas Obscura offices.
New York, New York

Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space

A living archive of urban activism and space reclaimed.
New York, New York

Lenin Statue at Red Square

Salute the leader of the proletariat.
New York, New York

Congee Village

Try not to fill up on duck blood, so you have room for live boiled shrimp.
New York, New York

Governors Island

Lie in a hammock where George Washington stood.
Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Art Library

Leaf through over 30,000 artists' sketchbooks in what may be the world's largest collection of doodles
Brooklyn, New York

New York Transit Museum

Ride the subways of yesteryear.
Brooklyn, New York

City Reliquary

Brooklyn has some great collections and some weird collections. This is both.
Brooklyn, New York

Broken Angel

An illegally built ramshackle mansion tucked in the middle of Brooklyn is now being turned into condominiums.
Brooklyn, New York

Pratt Institute Engine Room

Haven for steampunks.
Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store

The one-stop shop for all of your superhero (or evil arch-nemesis) needs.
Brooklyn, New York

Dead Horse Bay

First a horse rendering plant, then a 19th century landfill, this beach is full of glass from thousands upon thousands of broken bottles.
Austin, Texas

Cathedral of Junk

A unique structure in suburban Austin comprised entirely of other people's castaways.
Berlin, Germany

Spreepark

An eerie derelict amusement park sits abandoned outside of Berlin.