I’ve got the world’s worst affliction: wanderlust. It strikes me all the time; one minute I can be contentedly milling about my day-to-day, the next I’ve blown all my savings on booking flights in a two-gins-down decision. So I thought I’d give you a peek into the kind of places I’d like to go – starting with my top 5 must-see museums.
#1 – Museum of Ice Cream, NYC
Only running for August 2016, the Museum of Ice Cream is basically an urban ice cream playground, combining the amazingness of ice cream with super slick design and the latest technology. I fucking love ice cream – one of my ultimate bucket list to-do’s is to attend the annual Florence Gelato festival – so this is basically my heaven, especially when you discover that they’ve got a sprinkle pool you can actually swim in, an ice cream sandwich swing seat and a seesaw shaped like an ice cream scooper, plus edible balloons, an ‘immersive’ chocolate room and ginormous ice cream sundae that’s made by every visitor scooping one spoon onto the giant mound. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll get an exclusive ice cream tasting when you visit and a if you’re unsure about what flavour to get, you can ‘match’ with your favourite flavour on a custom Tinder app. Remind me again why I’ve not booked to go to New York this month?!
#2 – Neon Sign Graveyard, Las Vegas
Do I really need to say more? Vegas, cool. Neon signs, cool. A neon sign museum, cool. A years worth of incredible photos once you’re there, cool.
#3 – Cancun Underwater Museum, Mexico
The sea scares me. I’m a firm believer that humans are meant to remain on dry land, we’re not supposed to dive deep into the ocean and fuck with the fishes – probably because when I swim I resemble a disgruntled cat unwillingly flung into a pond. However, the one thing I’d make an exception for is this amazing underwater art exhibit, the first ever underwater sculpture park that’s packed with life-size statues made out of pH-neutral clay which promotes marine growth. It’s all made to make us land-dwellers think about the contrast between the positive and negative impacts human life has had on the ocean. Deep, man. (‘Sea’ what I did there? Hoho.)
#4 – Mmuseumm, NYC
Back to New York, to this tiny museum in a freight elevator. It only fits three people at a time, it’s that dinky, and it takes a look at everyday, familiar and exotic objects from around the world – things that are usually overlooked, dismissed or ignored. They’ve previously displayed artefacts like the shoe thrown at George W. Bush in 2008, fake ID cards and Saddam Hussein’s watches but their current season showcases ISIS currency and personal items of immigration. The most normal, yet hispter, place you’ll ever see.
#5 – Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb
Whenever I’ve broken up with someone, I’ve felt the need to take whatever is left lurking in my flat that they own, crush those belongings into tiny little pieces, torch them on a dramatic bonfire as I scream swearwords at the sky and pretend like I’m performing some intricate wiccan ritual, and then weep as I superglue all the burnt pieces back together and hiccup from too much wine and bonfire smoke inhilation.
Okay, I’ve definitely never been that crazy but I once threw an incredibly expensive and treasured necklace out of a bus window on a spur of the moment ‘THIS WILL RID ME OF MY FEELINGS FOR THEM!’ gesture; it totally didn’t. No matter how you respond to being dumped, this quirky Croatian museum offers you a chance to let go of your sadness with a bit more dignity by offering up items from your past relationship for them to display, some of which are heartwarming, like emotional poems, or filthy, like handcuffs and ‘intimate’ shampoo. Nice.
What other museums should I add to my travel list? Let me know in the comments! In the meantime, I’ll be frantically googling flights…
All photos taken from Instagram.