Unusual museums for curious tourists

Unusual museums for curious tourists

I foresee the skeptical reaction of many fellow tourists - "they say, swam - we know ...". But what is there - I foresee. I share this point of view. Moreover, I don't really like the silence of the museum and often ignore a visit to a particular exhibition planned by a guide. And there is no contradiction here.

In a rare city that is the center of an administrative-territorial unit similar to the Russian "region", tourists will not be offered a list of at least a dozen museums. It often seems that they are being copied. Local history, historical, archaeological, polytechnic, museum of transport, dolls, old household appliances, etc. In addition, in places often visited by tourists, there are people and organizations that create museums, including private ones, with the most incredible content ... It makes no sense to simply list them. But an attempt to give an assessment, subjective, most likely controversial, can be both interesting and useful.

It's no secret that many found themselves in a situation, figuratively speaking, of Vasnetsov's knight at a crossroads. There is free time and a few options for judicious use of it, but there is no good advice on what to choose. And information on the Internet suffers from repetitions and one-sidedness. It is in such cases that the opinion of an unbiased visitor of a museum becomes interesting and valuable. Nothing revolutionary, no know-how. Just briefly talk about museums that are unusual in the opinion of an ordinary tourist and offer your conclusion, well reasoned, about the need to visit it. I'll try to start using my experience.

Hungary Szentendre Marzipan Museum

I think that the people of Hungary will not be offended if I say that the Magyars have a great sweet tooth. Type in any search engine the query "Hungarian cuisine what to try" and you will get a whole list of names of desserts, cakes, pancakes, pastries. Shamlai dumplings, retesh, kremesh, kyurtskalach are some of the most popular pastries. Therefore, it is no coincidence that there are six marzipan museums in Hungary.

But the best, admittedly, is the factory museum, which is located in the town of Szentendre, 20 kilometers from Budapest. It was also created first in 1994. The author of the idea and founder of the museum is the famous Hungarian confectioner Karoi Szabo. "King of marzipan", "Uncle Sabo" - this is how the Hungarians love their countryman. Museum visitors are interested not only in the production, the process of which can be observed, but also in the gallery of portraits (Hungarian kings, Count Széchenyi, Ferenc Rakoczi, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, etc.), scenes from recognizable fairy tales, fragments of paintings (for example, “The Chocolate Girl »By the Swiss artist J. Lyotard) made of marzipan.

Some of the museum's exhibits are shown in photographs. You cannot touch with your hands and even more so bite off individual parts from them. And of course you won't be sold the marzipan king of pop or a 60 kilogram sweet copy of the Hungarian parliament. But in the cafe at the museum, you can taste and purchase mass-produced products at the factory price.

Tip! Even the biggest sweet tooth has nothing to do in the museum for more than 1.5-2 hours. Therefore, it is advisable to include his visit in a one-day excursion around Szentendre.

Russia Zelenogradsk Cat Museum

Some two or three decades ago, the phrase "cat museum" was not found in the lexicon of guides. There were simply no such tourist sites. It is said that the first "Cat's House" appeared in Basel, Switzerland, that it has more than 10.00 storage units. But not everything is clear there. On the Internet, there is not a year of education, no other details, not even photographs of the exposition. There is not enough information about the supposedly existing museums in Japan and England. Maybe in those places black cats have seized power.

But it is known for sure that since the beginning of the 90s. of the last century, felinologists from many countries began to actively develop the cat-museum theme. The most famous cat museums are located in Amsterdam, Berlin, Lithuanian Siauliai, Spanish Lloret de Mar, Singapore, one of the castles of the Czech Republic and several US cities. And on the Malaysian island of Borneo there is the city of Kuchang, translated as Koshkin grad. A palace was built there for the museum.

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We do not lag behind "the whole planet" too. Now the museums of man's oldest friends, who walk by themselves, are successfully operating in Vsevolozhsk (has a branch in St. Petersburg), in Moscow, in Yekaterinburg and Zelenogradsk, in the Kaliningrad region. The latter was formed in 2012. Has more than 4. 00 exhibits. These are mainly cats in the form of figurines, key chains, toys, magnets, interior items. There are also books, posters, postcards, calendars depicting these cute animals. You can't list everything.

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