What do most of the great cities have in common? Aside from the swarms of tourists and various Starbucks and McDonald’s restaurants, they have many great museums that house some of the world’s most prized artifacts and paintings.
In short, museums are among some of the great cultural cornerstones of big city life. They give cities an esoteric clout that other places in the world just can’t match, and this is evident in some of the world’s greatest cities, from London and New York right the way through to Tokoyo and St Petersburg.
Of course, while it can be tempting sometimes to veer off the beaten track and look at things that aren’t on most tourist’s checklists, monuments and landmarks are usually extremely popular for a reason. And when it comes to the world’s best museums, it is more often than not because they house unique – and sometimes strange- artifacts.
So without further ado, here is a mix of both incredible and bizarre museums everyone should visit in their lifetime.
1The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum – Osaka, Japan
After years of failed culinary experiments in the modest surroundings of his back shed, Momofuku Ando finally caught his break in 1958 when he successfully produced the world’s first instant noodles recipe: Chicken Ramen.
Sixty years on and a museum honors Ando’s contribution to one of the world’s most consumed dishes. The cool exhibits on display include noodle packets from around the world, while customers can also taste limited-edition snacks and perhaps with children in mind, design their very own soup packaging at the My CUPNOODLES Factory, pictured above.