1. Dog Collar Museum: Leeds, UK
This museum contains a gripping collection of “historic” and “fascinating” dog collars “from fearsome fetters for the great hunting hounds of the past, to canine couture for 21st century pooches”. The museum, located within Leeds castle, is currently closed for renovation work and reopens in mid-July.
2. British Lawnmower Museum: Southport, UK
Welcome to the “fascinating world” of lawnmowers at the “internationally famous” British Lawnmower Museum in Southport, UK. Exhibits include Lawnmowers of the Rich and Famous, and Lawnmower Racing.
3. National Leprechaun Museum: Dublin, Ireland
Of course there’s a Leprechaun museum in Ireland. I mean, why wouldn’t there be. Here, you can explore the world of Irish folklore and learn more about those miniature, mischievous, mythological figures.
4. Spam Museum: Austin, Minnesota
Head down to Austin, Minnesota and enter the gallery that reinvented the museum category. For over 12 years, the Spam museum has delighted millions of visitors from all corners of the world with its “curated exhibits celebrating delicious curated meat”. The Spam Museum is currently closed but re-opens again in 2016.
5. IKEA Museum: Älmhult, Sweden
The tiny town of Älmhult, around 60 miles north of Malmo, will be on everyone’s lips in 2016. Not only is Älmhult home to the first IKEA store in the world, but soon also the world’s first IKEA museum. The museum will offer visitors the chance to discover and be part of the IKEA story when it opens in spring next year.
6. Musée du Papier Peint: Rixheim, France
The Musée du Papier Peint is for everyone who has longed for ”a complete panorama of the history of wallpaper”. Here you can marvel at wallpapers from the 18th century to modern creations from all around the world.
7. Museum Cemento Rezola: San Sebastian, Spain
8. The Pencil Museum: Keswick, UK
Ever wanted to see the world’s largest pencil? Well now you can! Nestled into Keswick, the heart of the Lake District, discover the colourful world that is home to a giant, an escape artist’s pencil, art adventures and the world’s longest colour pencil.
9. Bakelite Museum: Somerset, UK
Welcome to Bakelite Museum and Britain’s largest collection of vintage plastics. Set deep in the peaceful Somerset countryside, the Bakelite Museum features everything you have always wanted to know about Victorian plastics.
10. Colman’s Mustard Museum: Norwich, UK
Get a taste of Norwich’s rich heritage with Colman’s Mustard Museum. Housed in the historic Art Nouveau Royal Arcade near Norwich Market, the museum illustrates all aspects of the history and production of Colman’s mustard, with many historic items on show such as wartime mustard tins and Victorian and Art Deco mustard pots.