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10 weird museums about wacky stuff that are strangely interesting

When something’s alright weird and gets slightly wackier, you’re the one wondering if it could get just that tiny bit stranger? And that sort of je-ne-sais-quoi might not even be peculiar enough? There are quite a few museums in Brussels that are catching your vibe then. What are the odds!

Clockarium 

In what seems to be a slightly out of order art deco mansion in a regular street, the walls behind that front are stacked – and we mean stacked – with faience mantel clocks. You’ll be amazed by the versatility of ceramic glazed mantelpiece clocks on just a few square meters. Every Sunday at 15h05 the Clockarium is rather rarely open, but the amount of clocks assures a sort punctuality.

MAF 

As director of the Museum of Fantastic Art, Michel Dircken spent a lifetime collecting obscure objects related to the fantasy world, the strange and surreal. Whether you like it or not, and in all honesty this museum couldn’t really care less, the collection is unique and bewildering for all ages. A logical side effect after a visit is that you’ll see little trolls creeping around in corners where nobody else sees them. How bizarre!

art et marges musée museum

Artistic misfits, internees or artistic souls who never made it to the dominant art circuits and thus never got too much recognition are on full display here. The art et marges musée museum gives them the spotlight they deserve. 

Museum of Erotics and Mythology

While we can assure you there’s nothing wrong with human procreative instincts, this museum might give you a slightly unusual tickling sensation. In a charming 18th century house the Museum of Erotics and Mythology stylishly approaches and explores the link between mythology and eroticism using antiques and peculiar art objects. 

Belgian Museum of Freemasonry 

No matter how you look at it, it sounds rather strange that a mysterious society that prides itself on its discretion opens up a museum for the general public to induct them into the order’s values. For obvious reasons, that’s precisely what makes the Belgian Museum of Freemasonry such an interesting trip: in a neoclassical framework the secrets of the international Masonic Lodge are slowly unravelled for all. 

Sewers Museum 

Agreed, that brown and grey underground network isn’t exactly a top-notch dream destination, but its usefulness is beyond question. That is one reason Brussels dedicated a museum to the more than 400 km long tunnels of sewer crossing underneath the city. And admit it, that mysterious dark underground world must arouse some curiosity?

International Puppet Museum - Peruchet 

Located in an old farmhouse in the green outskirts of Brussels, the International Puppet Museum - Peruchet is a distant but delightful hide-out to the ever busy Belgian capital. The finely crafted dolls, of which some are centuries old, invite visitors into another world. The only drawback might be that the collection is only at display during the pauses between performances, which are spectacles worth the trip. One of the 100 Brussels’ treasures is hiding out here as well: the more than 200 years old unique tanned suede leather puppet representing Hanuman, the son of the Indian monkey god.

Museum of Medicine – ULB

A museum dedicated to man's most valuable asset: our own bodies. It approaches the history of medicine from different angles, as it offers a historical and geographical overview. So what’s actually weird about it? Besides a guaranteed scientific approach, the Museum of Medicine also houses some spectacular, strangely confronting objects such as boxes with eyeballs and the muscular body of Auzoux, a peculiar anatomy model which is one of those 100 Brussels’ treasures you’re steadily getting acquainted with.

GardeRobe Mannekenpis

The mascot of Brussels and – if we may – Belgium is a peeing boy made by Jérôme Duquesnoy… As it is quite common with statues referring to the classical antiquity to depict them naked, a tradition of dressing up the urinating rascal took shape in our cold little country until his wardrobe grew kind of out of proportion with some 960 outfits. GardeRobe MannekenPis is a museum as a lavish walk-in closet, where we can decide ourselves how to dress up our national hero.

MOOF

The Museum of Original Figurines gathers all the figures and figurines, big and small, from the more popular (Belgian) comic strips since Franquin. Your childhood heroes, from the Smurfs to Lucky Luke, are thus depicted in slightly awkward lifelike situations. With the right portion of imagination you’ll fit right in!