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78 Unusual Museum Concepts

From Electronic Music Museums to Candy-Inspired Children's Museums

— September 17, 2015 — Art & Design
These unusual museum concepts offer unconventional visitor experiences. While traditional museums can be extremely educational, not everyone finds these visits to be an enjoyable experience. These unusual galleries are designed to add a level of fun and excitement to the conventional museum experience.

While many adults are interested in visiting museums, children are often less enthusiastic about such outings. In order to make the museum experience more enjoyable for children, many galleries have sought to cater to a younger audience. These kid-friendly facilities include candy-inspired museums, cartoon dog museums and multi-sensory art museums.

Beyond catering to the needs of children, many museums have sought to draw in the types of consumers that would not usually visit a traditional gallery. In order to appeal to a different type of audience, many museums have designed unique installations and interactive exhibits that make the experience more entertaining. Some of these unusual museum features include sensory light installations, edible art exhibits and investigative museum-exploring apps.
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Cartoon Dog Museums
Cartoon Dog Museums
Japan's Snoopy Museum Will Idolize a Fictive Comic Strip Dog
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Glass-Enclosed Museum Facades
Glass-Enclosed Museum Facades
The Vincent Van Gogh Museum Will Soon Unveil Its New Spacious Foyer
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76
Salacious Phallic Museums
Salacious Phallic Museums
The Icelandic Phallogical Museum Holds a Casting Call
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75
Homey Museum Installations
Homey Museum Installations
Mauritshuis' Museum Campaign Turns a Gallery into a Home Setting
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74
Investigative Museum-Exploring Apps
Investigative Museum-Exploring Apps
The ScopifyROM App Lets Users Explore History
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73
Redefined Glass Museums
Redefined Glass Museums
MoMA's Public Geometric Glass Structure Redefines the Traditional Museum
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72
National Supercar Museums
National Supercar Museums
This Corvette Museum Plans to Display Sinkhole Damaged Cars for Fans
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71
Palatial Baroque Museums
Palatial Baroque Museums
The New Cultural House of Pinhel is a Stunning Revamped Palace
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70
Branded Toilet Museums
Branded Toilet Museums
This Japanese Museum Showcases the Toilet History of Toto Ltd.
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Cheesy Museum Pop-Ups
Cheesy Museum Pop-Ups
Castello's Pop-Up Cheese Tasting Appeals to Multiple Senses
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68
All-Blue Museums
All-Blue Museums
The Cachaça Museum in Brazil Consists of a Steady Hue
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67
Hindu Deity Exhibits
Hindu Deity Exhibits
The Metropolitan's Museum Exhibit Depicts Lord Vishnu's Lion Avatar
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66
Foggy Museum Installations
Foggy Museum Installations
FOGSCAPE #47412 by Fujiko Nakaya Creates an Eerie Effect
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Green-Roofed Museums
Green-Roofed Museums
The Shekou Museum Blends Well with Nature
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Pyramid Architecture Add-Ons
Pyramid Architecture Add-Ons
The Harvard Art Museum Nears the End of its Project Expansion
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Sustainable Science Museums
Sustainable Science Museums
Moatasem Esmat Gives the Science Museum an Upgraded Look
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Personal Trinket Museums
Personal Trinket Museums
Nick Cave is Making a Museum of Sentimental Items of Arguable Importance
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61
Medieval Modern Museums
Medieval Modern Museums
The Waterford Medieval Museum Fuses a Modern Exterior with Ancient Ruins
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60
Distorted Experience Installations
Distorted Experience Installations
BMW Collaborated with Barber & Osgerby to Create a Piece of Art
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Artistic Museum Renovations
Artistic Museum Renovations
The Renovations to the Clark Art Institute Have Finally Been Revealed
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Contemporary Museum Interiors
Contemporary Museum Interiors
The New Santo Antonio Museum in Lisbon Replaces the Original
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57
Historical Excrement Museums
Historical Excrement Museums
The Museum of Shit in Italy Explores the History of Poop
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Multi-Sensory Art Museums
Multi-Sensory Art Museums
The Tate Sensorium Invites Guests to Experience Art in a New Way
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Digital Museum Experiences
Digital Museum Experiences
The Anne Frank House Website Boasts a 3D Virtual Tour
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Celebratory Bike Centers
Celebratory Bike Centers
Tokyo’s Bicycle Culture Center is Stunning and Welcoming
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Minimalist Concrete Museums
Minimalist Concrete Museums
The Fresach Diocesan Museum Complements a Nearby Church
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Geometric Museum Proposals
Geometric Museum Proposals
Comac Uses a Cubed Structure for the Berlin Natural Science Museum
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Irregular Opening Museums
Irregular Opening Museums
The Museo Juan Soriano is a Large Blocked Building
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Tragedy-Commemorating Museums
Tragedy-Commemorating Museums
The 9/11 Memorial Museum Honors the Lost Lives of Many
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Interactive Toy-Built Museums
Interactive Toy-Built Museums
Denmark's LEGO Museum Will Be Designed with Thousands of Blocks
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Lifelike Limb Installations
Lifelike Limb Installations
The Dutch Silver Museum by Tinker Features Floating Arm Sculptures
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Underwater Museums
Underwater Museums
'Underwater Museums' in the Baltic Sea Aims to Preserve Maritime Monuments
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Woven Timber Museums
Woven Timber Museums
The Aspen Art Museum by Shigeru Ban Features a Latticed Side
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Skyline-Mirroring Installations
Skyline-Mirroring Installations
The Dan Graham Design Sits Atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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44
Literary Detective Exhibits
Literary Detective Exhibits
The Museum of London's Sherlock Holmes Exhibit Explores the Series
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Sandstone-Inspired Architecture
Sandstone-Inspired Architecture
The Southern Utah Museum of Art Has Natural Influences
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42
Sea Creature-Inspired Museums
Sea Creature-Inspired Museums
The Shanghai Natural History Museum Takes After the Nautilus Shell
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Lifelike Wooden Restaurant Installations
Lifelike Wooden Restaurant Installations
Roxy Paine Created an Entire Fast Food Joint Out of Wood
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Blind-Guiding Museum Exhibitions
Blind-Guiding Museum Exhibitions
Touch the Prado Lets the Visually Impaired Feel Art Copies
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Virtual Reality Museums
Virtual Reality Museums
Reload Studios is Bringing Famous Artwork Out of Museums and Into Homes
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Distorted Memory Museums
Distorted Memory Museums
The False Memory Archive Asks Us: Have We Been Living a Lie?
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Serpentine Mountainside Museums
Serpentine Mountainside Museums
The Maison des Fondateurs Features a Spiraling Design
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Subterranean Salt Museums
Subterranean Salt Museums
This Salt Mine Has Been Converted into a Museum
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35
Childlike Glass Museum Architecture
Childlike Glass Museum Architecture
COORDINATION ASIA's Kids Museum of Glass is Whimsical
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Transparent Mountainside Museums
Transparent Mountainside Museums
The Aspen Art Museum Boasts a Stunning Timber Facade
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Giant Bird Installations
Giant Bird Installations
Sipho Mabona Presents Giant Avian Origami at Tropenmuseum
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Candy-Inspired Children's Museums
Candy-Inspired Children's Museums
The Sweetness by Sports Harnesses What Kids Love Most
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Mine-Converted Museums
Mine-Converted Museums
Salina Turda Pays Epic Tribute to Salt Mining in Romania
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Virtual Museum Exhibits
Virtual Museum Exhibits
The Virtual Reality Weekend Transports Museum Visitors to the Bronze Age
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Complimentary Contemporary Galleries
Complimentary Contemporary Galleries
The Broad Museum in Los Angeles will Open in September 2015
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Delicately Designed Museums
Delicately Designed Museums
The Hungarian Museum of Architecture Would Renew Budapest's City Park
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Triangular Museum Architecture
Triangular Museum Architecture
Tadao Ando Builds the Asia Museum of Modern Art
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Mathematical Gallery Designs
Mathematical Gallery Designs
Zaha Hadid Will Design the London Science Museum Mathematics Gallery
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Flame-Inspired Copper Facades
Flame-Inspired Copper Facades
The Museum of Fire in Poland is Inspired by the Natural Phenomenon
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Robotic Museum Guides
Robotic Museum Guides
The De Young Museum is Making Their Tours Accessible to All
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Ridiculously Tiny Museums
Ridiculously Tiny Museums
Somerville, MA Mayor Joseph Curtatone Unveiled the Minuscule Museum
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Animal Print Car Museums
Animal Print Car Museums
The Design of the Petersen Automotive Museum Resembles Zebra Stripes
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Aquatic Museum Interiors
Aquatic Museum Interiors
Lisbon's Water Museum Reflects Its Subject Matter in a Design That Flows
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Experience-Focused Museums
Experience-Focused Museums
The Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus Incorporates Nature and Design
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Gridded Patterned Architecture
Gridded Patterned Architecture
The Yenikapi Project Features Complex Walkways
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Interactive Art Museums
Interactive Art Museums
This 3D Museum in Hong Kong Lets Visitors be Part of the Anime Artwork
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Gorgeously Sloping Architecture
Gorgeously Sloping Architecture
Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center Wins Design of the Year
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Edible Art Exhibits
Edible Art Exhibits
The Art Fund is Raising Money for Exhibits with Edible Art
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Elevated Museum Architecture
Elevated Museum Architecture
The National Art Museum of China by Jean Nouvel is Stunning
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Electronic Music Museums
Electronic Music Museums
The Museum of Modern Electronic Music is to Open in Frankfurt
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Optical Art Museums
Optical Art Museums
The Museum of Illusions Opens its Doors in Zagreb, Croatia
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Sensory Light Installations
Sensory Light Installations
Liz West's Latest Art Project Features Technicolored Elements
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Sustainably Monolithic Museums
Sustainably Monolithic Museums
Museo Maya de América is the Largest Museum in Central America
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Rocky Museum Installations
Rocky Museum Installations
The Riverbed Installation Brings the Great Outdoors Inside
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Sensory Sculpture Installations
Sensory Sculpture Installations
Gratitude by Ernesto Neto is Located in the Aspen Art Museum
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Futuristic Cavernous Structures
Futuristic Cavernous Structures
The Louisiana State Museum by Trahan Architects is Icily Sci-Fi
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Surreal Digital Museums
Surreal Digital Museums
The 'From Monet to Cézanne' Exhibit Explores French Impressionists
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Submerged Mountain Museums
Submerged Mountain Museums
This Massive Concrete Structure is Partially Embedded in a Mountainside
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Mirrored Art Installations
Mirrored Art Installations
Jeppe Hein Creates Large-Scale Reflective Sculptures
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Interactive Art Museums
Interactive Art Museums
Manila’s Art in Island Gallery Immerses Art Lovers into Paintings
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Neon Sign Art Exhibitions
Neon Sign Art Exhibitions
This Rome Exhibition Features Showcases the Work of Maurizio Nannucci
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Surreal Retail Display Museums
Surreal Retail Display Museums
This Hermes Window Display is Made Using a Colorful Paper Medium
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Antique Adult Toy Museums
Antique Adult Toy Museums
See How Pleasure Toys Evolved with the Good Vibrations Museum
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