Museums are a way for people to conserve and protect national treasures, artifacts and other objects and showcase them to the world. People and tourists from around the world visit museums and exhibitions for entertaining and educational purposes. The following is a list of top 10 strangest things ever preserved in a museum.
#10. The Mechanical Monk
Even though the origin of The Mechanical Monk is a little mysterious, it is said to be attributed to a Spanish clock-maker in the 16th century.
The story behind The Mechanical Monk is that King Philip ll commissioned Juanelo Turriano, a Spanish clock maker, to build The Mechanical Monk after his son was injured and was going to die. He prayed to God for a miracle to let the boy survive. And in return, he promised God a miracle of his own. His son did survive, and The Mechanical Monk was built. It stands at 38 centimeters, and has completely self acting automation.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The Trash-O-Saurus is an iconic and unique exhibit displayed in the Garbage Museum in Stratford, Connecticut. It is a 12 feet tall dinosaur that weighs one ton. It is completely made out of trash such as license plates, cell phones and other material.
The Trash-O-Saurus was created by Leo Sewell and it represents the average amount of trash that a person discards each year.
#8. The Soap Lady
The Soap Lady is the mummified body of a woman whose body was exhumed in 1875 in Philadelphia. What’s strange about it is that a wax like substance formed by tissue fat forms a permanent cast encasing the body’s remains.
It is reported that the Soap Lady died during the yellow fever epidemic in the 1790s. The body is displayed din the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
#7. Cher Ami
Cher Ami was a carrier pigeon who helped save hundreds of men during World War l in France. The term Cher Ami means Dear Friend in French.
In 1918, more than 500 men were trapped with no food or ammunition. After many were killed or wounded, only 190 of them survived. The survivors sent two pigeons, asking for help as the allied troops did not know their location. Both pigeons were shot down by the Germans. However, when they sent Cher Ami with a message, the pigeon flew and reached her location despite being shot at. She delivered the message and helped save lives. Cher Ami is currently displayed at the National Museum of American History.
Cockroaches dressed in costumes were displayed in a museum called The Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum in Plano, Texas. The curator of The Cockroach Hall of Fame, Michael Bohdan, exhibits his collection of cockroaches dressed as celebrities such as Britney Spears and Elvis Presley among others.
#5. David Vetter Isolation Suit (Bubble Suit)
David Vetter, born 1971, was a boy born with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). Due to his condition, he lived his entire 12 years of life in a germ free plastic bubble suit. The suit was created by NASA and cost $50,000.
After doctors discovered a treatment for SCID, David was removed from the bubble suit for the first time in his life to be able to get treated. Even though the surgery seemed to work, David died 15 days later due to a form of lymph cancer. His bubble suit is currently displayed at Bullock Museum.
#4. Sewell Heart Pump
The Sewell Heart Pump was created by William H. Sewell and William W.L Gleen. It was made out of Elector set, cannula, and glass cylinders. The main object of the Sewell Heart Pump was to bypass the right side of a dog’s heart as an experiment. The pump cost only $25.80.
The artificial heart worked and the first experiment which took place in 1949 succeeded and the dog made a complete recovery.
#3. Indiana Jones’ Jacket and Fedora
Indiana Jones’ battered Jacket and Fedora are two Indy artifacts that are displayed in the National Museum of American History in Washington DC as a part of Indiana Jones’ impact on America’s cultural life. The actor, Harrison Ford, donated the leather jacket and the brown fedora in 1989 that he wore in Raiders of The Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.
#2. Guy the Gorilla
Guy the Gorilla, born 1946, was London’s Zoo famous resident that appeared on Children’s TV shows. He weighed 240 kilograms but was a gentle giant and attracted huge crowd. He was so gentle that when birds flew into his cage, he would examine them softly and set them free.
Unfortunately, he died in 1978 of a heart attack following a tooth surgery. His body was donated to the Natural History Museum.
#1. The Head Press
The Head Press was a controversial system of torture that is currently exhibited at the Amsterdam Museum of Torture Instruments. The museum was originally one of the oldest prisons in Europe that was turned into a museum. Also, it features human like, realistic wax figures.