Here are some of the places I’d most like to see, but haven’t been to yet. I have the feeling I’ll be adding to it frequently. Feel free to chip in with your comments if you’ve visited any of these, or with any other suggestions of awesome places!
Ailwee Cave, County Clare, Ireland: I like caves, but I mainly want to see these specific caves since they were the “Very Dark Caves” in Father Ted. I also want to see the Father Ted house, but both were too far out of the way to visit when I was actually in Ireland. Maybe someday.
Icelandic Phallological Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland: This is a huge collection of penises from all types of animals, including some mythological ones. Obviously, I’d like to see it.
The Gopher Hole Museum, Torrington, Alberta: The entire museum consists of tableaux of costumed taxidermied gophers. I don’t think any explanation of why I would want to see this is required.
Green Gables House, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island: My Laura Ingalls obsession is already well documented, but I also have an affection for Anne of Green Gables (though why does that book have to be so sad? I sob nonstop through the last 30 pages or so.). They’ve not only got a house with green gables here, but also a few Anne related museums.
Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby: I picked up one of their brochures at a rest stop a while back, and it was simply stunning. It mentioned “changes in temperature,” “authentic smells,” and the opportunity to experience seasickness. If reeking of fish and making you nauseated are a museum’s main selling points, I don’t see how it could anything other than amazing.
Black Museum, London: I doubt I’ll ever get to go here unless I became a police officer, since this crime museum is not open to the general public, but it looks fascinating, if grim.
National Museum of Health and Medicine, Silver Spring, Maryland: Yes, a major medical museum I haven’t been to. I’m surprised too. But I haven’t been to D.C. since I was 11, and I spent most of my time there being dragged around the National Air and Space Museum by my parents, with only a brief stop in the other branches of the Smithsonian. As this museum is not even in D.C. proper, and sounds pretty gory, obviously no one was going to take me there. But I definitely want to make it a point to go there sometime in the near future. Presidential medicine, including the bullet that killed Lincoln, and Civil War medicine are two of the main exhibits on offer, which are both topics I adore.
The House on the Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin: OK, so my grandparents went here at some point, either when I was very young, or before I was born, and brought back a massive guidebook with amazing full page photographs. They kept it in a large chest of drawers that converted into a desk, with some other random paperwork, and nearly every time I visited when I was a kid (which was at least 3 times a week), I used to pull it out and leaf through it. The guidebook seriously made it look fantastic, but more than that, I feel almost wistfully nostalgic about it, despite having never been, since it reminds me of my grandparents and the spicy smell of that chest.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum, Mansfield, Missouri: Rather than waste your time listing all the Little House homesites, I’ll just let this one stand in for all of them. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’m a huge fan of the Little House books (though not the show), even though I don’t think I fit the mould of the typical Laura fan, since I’m neither conservative nor Libertarian. I just really like the 19th century, and I find the pioneer lifestyle extremely interesting, but I’ve never been to any of the homesites, so I really would like to do a road trip to all of them at some point.
Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California: This not only takes the concept of rambling Victorian mansion to the extreme, it’s also meant to be super haunted. While I don’t know if I believe the veracity of those claims, it looks just like the type of place I’d love.
I just stumbled across your blog after reading your post on Smitten by Britain. It’s great and I love reading about your travels. We have have many of the same interests! I look forward to reading more posts and will continue to dream of the day I finally get to travel to the UK and Europe. 😉 P.S. I live in Minnesota just 30 minutes from Walnut Grove – a GREAT destination for Laura Ingalls Wilder fans! There is the museum, the dugout where they lived and a pageant. If you should be in the area and want a place to stay or a tour guide, just email me. http://www.walnutgrove.org
Hi Kristin! Thanks for following my blog, and all the kind words! Walnut Grove is definitely somewhere I’d like to visit (I’d like to visit ALL the LIW home sites, but didn’t list them all because I didn’t want to reveal the extent of my sad obsession), I’ll let you know if I ever make it there! I really do need to travel more in the States one of these days; I’ve been all over Europe since I moved to London, but despite living in Cleveland til I was 23, I’ve never been west of Chicago (except for San Diego and Las Vegas), so there’s much of the Midwest left to be explored!
Great blog. Glad I stumbled across it. I really recommend the medical museum outside of Washington DC. Really cool place. Your maps are a very cool way to organize your page. Thanks!
Thanks Stephanie! I really want to go to that medical museum in DC, I just don’t update this page very often, so there’s a lot of places that go unmentioned! You mean the one that has the bullet that killed Lincoln and stuff, right?
I highly recommend the Spy Museum in D.C. if you haven’t been! It’s such a cool place to visit and super interesting. Also, the next time you’re in Rome the Capuchin Crypt is definitely a curious sight that’s worth a visit…albeit a little macabre. http://postcardslost.com/2014/07/28/postcard-pick-the-bones-in-rome/
Thanks! I haven’t been to DC since I was a kid, and there’s definitely a lot of museums there I’d love to see. I have been to the Capuchin Crypts already (I mention them on my Favourite Places page), but I agree that they’re worth seeing!
Thanks for checking out my posts on Colonial Williamsburg. I too am obsessed with Laura Ingalls and Anne of Green Gables! If you want a traveling companion who is a true kindred spirit (fellow English major/history nerd without a real job), let me know! I’ve been to PEI and several L.M. Montgomery sites there. I’ve never been to any Laura Ingalls sites. My grandparents went to one of the sites without me on their travels. I think in Minnesota. They sent pictures and a children’s biography of Laura.
I would have been very annoyed if my grandparents had gone to LIW sites without me! As it was, I was upset they went to the House on the Rock without me, though in fairness to them, I was either not born yet or very little when they went. Thanks for checking out my blog; it does seem we’ve got lots in common!