From museums dedicated to leprechauns to the museums that have a little of every kind of mythical creature this is on this list!
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5 - The Museum of Ghosts and Fairy Tales
Found inside the demonically rumor rich streets of Plzen, located in the Czech Republic, waits the Museum of Ghosts and Fairy Tales. With dim lights and underground halls, this museum comes to unlife inside the cellar of a 16th-century former pub which has been renovated into the spooky Central hotel. Legends from this land boast witches, water spirits, dragons, devils, fire-dogs, a mythical prince, the Saracen devil and of course ghosts. Every Saturday and Sunday, starting at three p.m., visitors can behold ghostly theatre performances. With a whole city full of folklore, this museum makes for a delightfully terrifying experience.
4 - The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft.
Down the cobblestone streets of Holmavik Iceland stands the infamous Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft. Focusing on regional magic and folklore, including the Iceland tradition that witches were primarily men, this museum is best known for its darker themes. It's best-known artefacts include rune-carved pieces of wood, animal skulls, magical staves, ancient symbols preserved in grimoires, and Necropants, called nabrok in the native tongue, the once living skin of a man's legs worn by evil witches once the flesh hardens. This museum acts as a graphic reminder that witches were once feared the world over and in some cases, for good reason.
3 - The Mythical Monster Museum
Born on November 30, 1999, inside the Scarborough Renaissance Faire of Waxahachie Texas and founded by Sir Daniel Raptus and Magnus Krane, this museum is dedicated to the many forms of mythical creatures and destroying them. Dozens of monster exhibits are on display and include zombies, goblins, vampires, giants, dragons and werewolves. One of the most entertaining areas of study in this experience are monster hunting classes, featuring vampire slaying, ghost extinguishing, dragon vanquishing, fairy fishing, gnome stomping, night terror taxidermy, merfolk fishing and goblin gutting. The Mythical Monster Museum has plans to travel to different Renaissance Faires across the country, so keep your eyes peeled for these fearless monster hunters coming to a show near you.
2 - International Cryptozoology Museum
In 2015, the Indian Times sighted this museum as their number one choice as "The Most Unusual Museums in the World you will Want to Visit." In August of 2003 the museum opened in Portland Maine. Founded by Loren Coleman this strange vortex of knowledge is dedicated to cataloguing the world's most elusive cryptid creatures. Cryptozoology is widely recognised as the study of hidden animals, which may or may not exist. The museum started off like so many others, based on a private collection inside a small privately owned home, since then it has taken off into a life of its own, its newest location is inside Thompson's point and includes many donated items from across the world. Some of the museums strangest exhibits feature fecal matter from a Yeti, footprints and hair samples from alleged Bigfoots, a lake monster exhibition, and Erik Gosselin's one of a kind movie prop FeeJee Mermaid. This museum boasts that it is the only cryptozoology museum in the world; and that it's vast collection of strange creatures is the result of more than five decades of field research. Its mission, to educate, inform, and share cryptozoological evidence, artifacts, replicas, and popular culture items with the general public; and further, to inspire young people into areas of future studies, such as biology, zoology, anthropology, and conservation.
1 - The British Library
Created in July of 1973, The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and is celebrated as the largest library in the world; holding approximately 170 million items from countless countries in a variety of languages and formats. Located in London England; this museum contains one of the most extensive collections of knowledge regarding mythological creatures, it's manuscripts and historical items dating as far back as 2000 BC. Inside the hallowed walls are stories, pictures and sculptures of mythical beasts from the medieval times, the Victorian era, the Viking days, demons, vampires tales new and old, and modern monster fascinations. Dragons from all areas of the world and history can be found mounted on walls or hanging from ceilings. There's a huge section on Greek mythology as well as Roman, Norse, Scandinavian, and creatures from the Sea. The British Library with its extensive knowledge on every subject of literature stands out as the authority on Mythological Creatures, the museum itself is free and open to the public year round.