Synopses & Reviews
contains profiles of the curators and collections of America's most unusual museums. From the Banana Museum in California to the Tragedy in U.S. History Museum in Florida, Saul Rubin takes you on a guided tour of the United States' strangest institutions, and introduces you to the offbeat people who run them.
Included among the places you will visit are:
Cockroach Hall of Fame
The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices
Mister Ed's Elephant Museum
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
The Mütter Museum
Houdini Historical Center
UFO Enigma Museum
The Museum of Menstruation
50 museums in all!
In the age of cable television and the World Wide Web it's easy to smugly believe that we've seen it all. Such institutions as the Museum of Death, the Museum of Bathroom Tissue, and the Glore Psychiatric Museum suggest otherwise. By stepping outside the mainstream, these offbeat museums meet and even surpass the promise of more traditional museums: To amaze, inspire and enlighten the public.
So turn off the TV, log off the Net, and let Offbeat Museums take you on a journey of unexpected wonder and discovery!
About the Author
Saul Rubin, the author of both Offbeat Museums and Offbeat Marijuana, is a veteran journalist, having written for several top newspapers in the Los Angeles area. He currently teaches journalism at Santa Monica College. A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, he makes his home in the Los Angeles area.