Everyone knows Miami has some of the country’s best museums, but did you know it also has some of the weirdest? From electrotherapy to ancient porn, there’s something for every twisted mind to appreciate. Here’s our top picks for the most eccentric, yet most enjoyable museum experiences around Miami.
The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum
If you’re looking for a truly electrifying experience, the Electrotherapy Museum should give you a bit of a jolt. Puns aside, this quirky museum offers visitors an extensive exhibition featuring some of the weirdest examples of 19th and early 20th Century electrotherapy. Many of the exhibits are fine examples of A-grade, turn of the century quack electrotherapy. They also have a great collection of Nikola Tesla inventions. In fact, the museum claims to hold some of the earliest surviving Telsa coils.
Coral Castle Museum
Perhaps the most famous museum on the list, Coral Castle might also be the strangest. For nearly a century, Coral Castle has been impressing visitors with its bafflingly large, complex limestone structure. The structure was built by Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin over 28 years, and is surrounded by some pretty weird urban legends. The story goes that Leedskalnin built the “castle” after being rejected by his fiancée on the eve of their wedding. Over the years, curious locals claimed the Latvian made use of otherworldly abilities to construct the enormous structure. However he got the job done, the result is inarguably a jaw dropper.
World Erotic Art Museum
For an adventure into the glorious world of all things crude and smuty, look no further than the World Erotic Art Museum. This museum might sound a touch tasteless, but it actually offers a fascinating insight into humanity’s long love affair with erotica. The museum features works dating back to the time of ancient Rome, and includes an impressive mix of canvass, tapestry, sculptures and photography. Worth a peek.
Wings Over Miami Air Museum
Perhaps not quite as eccentric as some of the other museums listed, Wings Over Miami still manages to pull a few left fielders. The museum has a focus on Cold War era aircraft, mostly military. Many of the exhibitions offer enlightening insights into the history of air travel, though there’s a few evolutionary dead ends to gawk at. Bring your aviator sunglasses.
ArtCenter has a bit of everything, and that’s what makes it so weird. There’s a range of rotating exhibitions from contemporary artists, and visitors are also free to peek in at studios of on site artists. The appeal of ArtCenter lies in the fact that you never really know what you’re in for. One moment, you’ll be trying to interpret some local artist’s abstract work; the next, you could find yourself in a jewellery workshop. It’s very unpredictable, but always fun. Best of all, entry is free!
Great Escape Room
WTF is Great Escape Room? Is it a museum, a game or just a twisted joke? The basic idea behind this museum/mind-bending brain melter is to figure out how to actually get out. Each themed room is packed full of clues to help you figure out how to get to the next area. You’ll have to work together with your friends, or other baffled participants in what is unquestionably one of the most unique experiences you’ll have in Miami.