As the pandemic took over the world, museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions closed their doors to adhere to new social distancing regulations. But don't worry. Bored Panda is here to help. We put together a list of cool museum exhibits so you could get your fix of culture even before these places open up again. And we included something for every taste as well. We're talking a WWII mannequin that looks like Bruce Willis. A miniature Volkswagen Beetle that found its way into a beetle collection. You name it. So continue scrolling and check out the entries. They should please your inner snob in no time.

#1

This Powerful Quote At The End Of The Holocaust Museum In Washington

This Powerful Quote At The End Of The Holocaust Museum In Washington

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7 months ago (edited)

How often do we fail to speak and act? Jews, Uyghurs, Rwandan Tutsi genocide, genocide over Bosnian Muslims, Kongoan genocide, ISIS genocide of Yazidis, Myanmar genocide of Rohingya...the list goes on, and this is ONLY in the last 100 years or so. I wonder what did the animals do to be punished to live in a world with humans.

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2020 was a time of crisis, innovation, anxiety, and introspection for all businesses, and museums were no different. Large galleries in cities which rely on international tourism found travel bans nearly ruinous to their business models. Some smaller regional museums, however, discovered a surprising upside as their institutions emerged as symbols of good, collaborative creativity in their communities.

Nearly every museum in the US has upped its digital offerings with online exhibits, curator video chats, and virtual kids’ activities. Many are also re-thinking their reach and collections in a time of accelerated technological change and turmoil in the U.S., debating how racial and social injustice are reflected in their art.

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Art Museum That Was Closed Due To Virus Outbreak Rearranged Exhibition So It Can Be Seen From Outside - Day Or Night. Salo, Finland

Art Museum That Was Closed Due To Virus Outbreak Rearranged Exhibition So It Can Be Seen From Outside - Day Or Night. Salo, Finland

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Cecilia Herrera
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7 months ago

Brilliant and thoughtful at the same time.

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From a practical, COVID-fighting standpoint, directors and staffers have learned everything they could about the mechanics of their workplaces, including ventilation and airborne virus transmission. Such knowledge tipped many institutions to open back up in the summer with safety precautions (masks, social distancing) and to close down again when coronavirus infections surged in November.

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The Two-Sided Statue Of Mephistopheles And Margaretta (19th Century) At The Salar Jung Museum In India. The Sculpture Is Carved Out Of A Single Log Of Sycamore Wood. Artist Unknown

The Two-Sided Statue Of Mephistopheles And Margaretta (19th Century) At The Salar Jung Museum In India. The Sculpture Is Carved Out Of A Single Log Of Sycamore Wood. Artist Unknown

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Ember
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7 months ago

What an amazing piece!

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#4

Someone In This Museum Has A Sense Of Humor

Someone In This Museum Has A Sense Of Humor

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River Webb
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7 months ago

"day 362, they still don't know who I am"

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“With decision-making, we are trying to be as clear, fair, and transparent as we can. Everyone was looking at the infection rate and knew it was a matter of when, not if we closed again,” Hayley Haldeman, the Mattress Factory’s interim executive director, told National Geographic. “It’s a double-edged sword, both sides blunt and painful. There’s not much more we [could have done] in 2020.”

#5

There Is A Tiny Museum In Kyoto, Japan With Some Very Unusual Opening Hours

There Is A Tiny Museum In Kyoto, Japan With Some Very Unusual Opening Hours

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Angela B
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7 months ago

And if you don't like it, don't visit. Thank you.

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#6

This Tiny UFO That Crash Landed On The Wall Of A Technology Museum

This Tiny UFO That Crash Landed On The Wall Of A Technology Museum

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Ember
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7 months ago

It’s these little touches that really add to the experience

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Dips and spikes in virus cases meant galleries in London, Paris, and Rome reopened at the start of summer and closed again in the fall during new coronavirus waves and lockdowns. In the U.S., the American Alliance of Museums found that a third of the 850 museums surveyed were still shuttered in October and more than 10 percent were worried about never reopening. In some smaller U.S. cities, the crisis has spurred museum directors to spearhead bold and creative efforts to survive.

#7

Took A Trip Out To Peabody Essex Museum Last Weekend. This Exhibit Didn’t Disappoint

Took A Trip Out To Peabody Essex Museum Last Weekend. This Exhibit Didn’t Disappoint

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Ember
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7 months ago

This is stunning!

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#8

This Museum Taking A Shot At FedEx In One Of Their Displays

This Museum Taking A Shot At FedEx In One Of Their Displays

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Demi Zwaan
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7 months ago

Ok, but who the hell sends something like that with Fedex?

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Pittsburgh, a city of 300,000 people, which has 50 museums and cultural centers, has a legacy of its industrial wealth in the early 20th century. Steven Knapp, the new executive of the four Carnegie Museums, started February 1, 2020, just weeks before a government-mandated shutdown hit Pennsylvania.

During the early days of the pandemic, Knapp and leaders from other local institutions jumped on twice-a-month Zoom calls to discuss safety standards and reopening protocols.

#9

“Exploded” Ford Model T At The Henry Ford Museum Of Innovation

“Exploded” Ford Model T At The Henry Ford Museum Of Innovation

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7 months ago

The smiling hovering Ford

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#10

This Museum In Berlin Has ‘Touchable’ Versions Of Their Paintings For Blind People

This Museum In Berlin Has ‘Touchable’ Versions Of Their Paintings For Blind People

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James
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7 months ago

This is great for sensory seeking kids and adults as well.

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“For a city of its size, Pittsburgh is one of the richest cultural cities in the nation. We wanted people to come back and to feel they had a good experience,” Knapp explained.

This meant that, when museums began letting tourists back in during the summer, with social-distancing stickers on the floors, guards enforcing mask-wearing, and, at most venues, timed-entry tickets.

#11

This Sign At An Outdoor Exhibit For A Museum

This Sign At An Outdoor Exhibit For A Museum

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

Ha, ha, ha! True, that.

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#12

The Henry Ford Museum In Detroit Is Home To The Actual Bus That Rosa Parks Protested On

The Henry Ford Museum In Detroit Is Home To The Actual Bus That Rosa Parks Protested On

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Brandy Grote
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7 months ago

That entire museum is fantastic!

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"In July we were seeing a quarter of the normal flow. [At the end of December, we were] seeing 40 to 50 percent and are up to 80 percent of the participation of 2019,” said Knapp. “It’s just been a question of managing the flow and keeping those one-way traffic patterns.”

#13

Autism Sign At The History Of Miami Museum

Autism Sign At The History Of Miami Museum

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Stacy S.
Community Member
7 months ago

Many people on the Autism Spectrum find many of these tools very helpful for self - regulation, calming, soothing. They should have these at all schools.

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#14

Found At A Snake Exhibit

Found At A Snake Exhibit

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Mohsie Supposie
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7 months ago

hisssss

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#15

Our Local Museum Decided To Add A Floppy Disc To The Fossils Section

Our Local Museum Decided To Add A Floppy Disc To The Fossils Section

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River Webb
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7 months ago

of course it counts, its one of the oldest things in existence

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Museums have a wide range of business models. Some rely heavily on endowments, others on admission fees or special event rentals. And while many museums don’t expect their revenues to rebound to 2019 levels for at least another year, some supported by local taxes or large endowments have less dire financial futures.

#16

This Musical Instrument Museum Has An Air Guitar On Display

This Musical Instrument Museum Has An Air Guitar On Display

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AzKhaleesi
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7 months ago

I'm gonna steal it and no one will ever know ;)

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#17

There’s A Replica Of The Moon In The Natural History Museum

There’s A Replica Of The Moon In The Natural History Museum

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Woody
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7 months ago

Mesmerising

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#18

Museums Are Different In Denmark

Museums Are Different In Denmark

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chi-wei shen
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7 months ago

It's ironic that this is shown to the public in Denmark but has to be censored for BoredPanda.

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According to a recent survey conducted by the International Council of Museums, about 95% of all museums around the world were closed due to the pandemic, and art institutions reacted differently to having their doors shut. Some had to put staff on leave and others laid off up to half of their employees. Many museums successfully focused on expanding their digital archives and social media activity, and continue their efforts to survive.

#19

A Mummified Dinosaur In A Museum In Canada

A Mummified Dinosaur In A Museum In Canada

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Tal Jamchi
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7 months ago

Looks like a dragon :O

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#20

This Museum In Japan That Showcases Various Uniquely Shaped Naturally Formed Rocks With Faces On Them

This Museum In Japan That Showcases Various Uniquely Shaped Naturally Formed Rocks With Faces On Them

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

This is original. Those rock faces convey a myriad of expressions.

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#21

A Museum In Kenya Has Little Funding, So They Improvised And Created Their Dinosaurs With Clay

A Museum In Kenya Has Little Funding, So They Improvised And Created Their Dinosaurs With Clay

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Kayla J
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7 months ago

Pretty sad the lack of funding when I'm betting some museums with more wealth have artifacts from Kenya. Also the attention to detail is quite marvelous

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#22

At The Science Museum In London

At The Science Museum In London

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

Ahh, this one made me chuckle.

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#23

Caravan Of Camels In The Eye Of A Needle, Museum Of Miniatures, Prague

Caravan Of Camels In The Eye Of A Needle, Museum Of Miniatures, Prague

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Gold roses
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7 months ago

I think I’ve been to this museum!

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#24

I Was At The National Gallery In Slovakia And Noticed They Use Star Wars Wallpaper On One Of The Walls In A 19th Century Art Exhibit

I Was At The National Gallery In Slovakia And Noticed They Use Star Wars Wallpaper On One Of The Walls In A 19th Century Art Exhibit

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

Speaking as a Star Wars fan, the force was with the decorator.

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#25

This Display In Ashmolean Museum Shows How Touching Artwork Affects Material

This Display In Ashmolean Museum Shows How Touching Artwork Affects Material

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Cecilia Herrera
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7 months ago

What a wonderful way to show people the consequences of their actions.

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#26

Sand Museum In Tottori Japan. How Does Someone Create This Out Of Sand?

Sand Museum In Tottori Japan. How Does Someone Create This Out Of Sand?

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Code_002.2
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7 months ago

Garra...

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#27

The Holocaust Memorial Museum In Detroit Has A Tree Made From The Sapling Of Anne Frank’s Tree

The Holocaust Memorial Museum In Detroit Has A Tree Made From The Sapling Of Anne Frank’s Tree

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Maryse Faucher
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7 months ago

Saplings is usually a tiny part of the original tree that is either attached to a other tree or got re rooted

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#28

At The Uffizi Gallery In Florence, They Have Versions Of Paintings So That Blind Visitors Can Still Enjoy The Art

At The Uffizi Gallery In Florence, They Have Versions Of Paintings So That Blind Visitors Can Still Enjoy The Art

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lily
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7 months ago

thats amazing

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#29

Whale Sculpture At The Museum

Whale Sculpture At The Museum

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Monty Is Fiennes
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7 months ago

So beautiful....

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#30

Knitted Glass At The Glass Museum In Seattle

Knitted Glass At The Glass Museum In Seattle

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Carrie B
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7 months ago

speechless

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#31

Passing Through Columbus, Had To Stop By The Cartoon Museum To See The C&H Section

Passing Through Columbus, Had To Stop By The Cartoon Museum To See The C&H Section

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7 months ago

I MUST GO HERE

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#32

Athens Airport Has An In-House Museum Where Ancient Artifacts, Uncovered During Its Construction, Are Exhibited

Athens Airport Has An In-House Museum Where Ancient Artifacts, Uncovered During Its Construction, Are Exhibited

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Giulia
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7 months ago

the metro c station san Giovanni in rome has it too :)

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#33

The Tardis On This Dinosaur Museum’s Wall Mural

The Tardis On This Dinosaur Museum’s Wall Mural

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7 months ago

Is this from the same museum that had the DeLorean on a mural?

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#34

The National Holocaust Museum In DC Puts Screens With Graphic Images Behind Cement Barriers So Children Can't See Them

The National Holocaust Museum In DC Puts Screens With Graphic Images Behind Cement Barriers So Children Can't See Them

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Logic and Reason
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7 months ago

My great grandmother escaped a work camp, lived off of grass, and helped others escape from the outside. She was an amazing woman.

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#35

A Firetruck Crushed By The Collapsing Of The Twin Towers At The 9/11 Museum

A Firetruck Crushed By The Collapsing Of The Twin Towers At The 9/11 Museum

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kay s.
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7 months ago

visited in 2019 and it was one probably the most heart-wrenching things i've experienced. you can literally feel the weight of everything that happened that day on your shoulders. it feels like you can't stand straight or take a full breath the entire time. exiting into the sunshine and finally taking a full breath almost feels wrong. it was really a heavy experience and so humbling.

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#36

At A Da Vinci Exhibition In Italy. Non-Art Pieces Had To Be Labeled

At A Da Vinci Exhibition In Italy. Non-Art Pieces Had To Be Labeled

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Grant Barke
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7 months ago

I will open the bid for that chair at $20000.

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#37

Museum In Vienna Has A Sense Of Humor

Museum In Vienna Has A Sense Of Humor

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Scagsy
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7 months ago

And today's special exhibit; an ignorant fool

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#38

This Balloon Dog Sculpture With Organs And Bones, Found In A Museum

This Balloon Dog Sculpture With Organs And Bones, Found In A Museum

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KitKatLord
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7 months ago

Yessssss

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#39

The Floor At The London Science Museum Is Made Of Mini-Chromosomes

The Floor At The London Science Museum Is Made Of Mini-Chromosomes

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Stacy S.
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7 months ago

Most Chromosomes are very small.

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#40

Tom And Jerry Museum, Japan

Tom And Jerry Museum, Japan

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bookshellf
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7 months ago

wow theres a whole museum dedicated to Tom and Jerry?? Thats so cool T^T

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#41

This "Where Are You From" Map At The Aurora Museum In Reykjavík, Iceland

This "Where Are You From" Map At The Aurora Museum In Reykjavík, Iceland

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Noname
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7 months ago

This clearly shows the wealth gaps between the countries....

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#42

These Movie Tickets From The Ghibli Museum Are Made From Frames From Different Ghibli Movies

These Movie Tickets From The Ghibli Museum Are Made From Frames From Different Ghibli Movies

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Stacy S.
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7 months ago

Authentic? Upcycling?

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#43

This Delorean On This Dinosaur Museum’s Wall Mural

This Delorean On This Dinosaur Museum’s Wall Mural

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LC Greenwood
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7 months ago

Teeheee. Hiding in the bushes because flux capacitor wasn't working

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#44

Oh No - Titanic Artifacts Damaged By Water

Oh No - Titanic Artifacts Damaged By Water

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

What? Not again!

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#45

This Mannequin From A WW2 Themed Museum In Normandy Looks Like Bruce Willis

This Mannequin From A WW2 Themed Museum In Normandy Looks Like Bruce Willis

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Jonathan
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7 months ago

I'd say it's a take on Twelve Monkeys but I believe that was WW1

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#46

The Chair Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated In The Henry Ford Museum

The Chair Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated In The Henry Ford Museum

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EA
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7 months ago

Oh my. There’s his dried blood on it still. This is so morbid :(

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#47

Museum Reconstruction Of Roman Armor

Museum Reconstruction Of Roman Armor

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ADHORTATOR
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7 months ago

Lorica segmentata

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#48

Japanese Children Wearing Feces-Shaped Hats Slide Into A Giant Toilet

Japanese Children Wearing Feces-Shaped Hats Slide Into A Giant Toilet

Simulating the magical journey of human waste matter through a virtual sewer world, at a toilet exhibition in Tokyo.

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Chyppa Homer
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7 months ago

Little S***theads ! :D . (couldn't resist. sorry :D)

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#49

My Hometown Museum Has A Section On Millennial Toys

My Hometown Museum Has A Section On Millennial Toys

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Code_002.2
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7 months ago

WHERE BE DA GAMING STUFFF

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