Here at #TeamCoco, we love to check out a museum or three when we travel. As well as the famous bucket-list art galleries and museums, there is nothing better than discovering an under-the-radar museum filled with quirk and fun. So we have done the hard work for you…voila five under-the-radar museums which you have to add to your travel to-do list.
The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia
This museum does exactly what it says on the tin. Full of fascinating objects that mark the end of somebody’s relationship, and fascinating stories to match. I made the mistake of visiting this one just after a break-up…I would leave it a few months at least guys!
Museum Van Loom in Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam is chock-filled with great museums but for a glimpse of life in one of the finest canal houses in the city, head to the Museum Van Loom. Willem Van Loom was one of the founders of the Dutch East-India Company and the house in his name is a brilliant hark-back to Amsterdam’s Golden Age, of silvery, porcelain and splendour. A must-visit for anyone who has read The Miniaturist!
The Gelato Museum in Bologna, Italy
The only museum dedicated to artisan ice cream in the world, Bologna’s Gelato Museum is definitely worth a visit for the ‘gelato experience’ which includes tastings and a guided tour to explain the history behind this mouthwatering dessert.
Messner Mountain Museum in South Tyrol, Italy
Now admittedly, this isn’t a museum you can nip into very easily on a European capital hopping trip. But if you can make it to the perfect mountains of South Tyrol then this network of six exhibitions, dedicated to mountain history and with perfect views of the Dolomites and the Alps, will be completely worth the climb.
The Neon Museum in Warsaw, Poland
This eery museum celebrates cold war era neon signs, from the golden age of Polish neon sign-making. It is just one of Warsaw’s quirky museums, itself an under-rated European destination.
So there you have it, just five of our favourite under-the-radar museums in Europe. Check them out! And if you do, be sure to share your thoughts on Twitter at @House_Of_Coco.