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10 Weirdest Museums You Really Should Visit


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The Meguro Parasitological Museum
A gory Dolphin's stomach filled with the anisakis parasite is showcased at the Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo. Barry Cronin/Newsmakers
A gory Dolphin's stomach filled with the anisakis parasite is showcased at the Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo. Barry Cronin/Newsmakers

Why go to the art gallery when you could embark on a visually stunning tour of the world's largest collection of parasites? Established in 1953 as a research facility by Satoru Kamegai, M.D., the Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo, Japan, is devoted to parasite still life: ticks, tapeworms, infected fish, diseased reptiles, all encapsulated in jars of preserving solution.

Although the museum is small and the exhibit descriptions that accompany its 60,000 specimens are written in Japanese, there's something universal about viewing the world's longest tapeworm. A 29-foot (9-meter) tapeworm doesn't really require explanation [source: Meguro Parasitological Museum].

Among the specimens you'll discover compelling photographs, including a remarkably enlarged scrotum that once belonged to a human infected with an unfortunate tropical bug [source: Obscura].

Don't be surprised if, in this otherwise quiet neighborhood, you find yourself among the many couples who inexplicably flock to the offbeat museum on date night and linger in its gift shop. Who wouldn't want a parasite-themed T-shirt to remember the occasion?


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