The most unique museums around the UK

If you’re looking for something weird and wonderful to do, then look no further.

There are lots of different unique museums dotted around the country dedicated to household items or objects you couldn’t even imagine. So, we’ve rounded up our personal favourite quirky museums from all across the UK. Let’s dive in!

Derwent Pencil Museum, Keswick

Also known as the Cumberland Pencil Museum, this museum is home to plenty of pencils (obviously) including the first ever pencil and the world’s largest pencil. Located in Keswick, this museum is full of history and important relics. You enter through a replica graphite mine to rooms full of lots of different types of pencils throughout history.

There are lots of different exhibitions, such as their collection of secret WW2 map pencils or the Queen’s diamond jubilee pencil. They also have a café and a gift shop where you can buy, you guessed it, pencils!

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The Dog Collar Museum, Kent

This museum is located inside the popular Leeds Castle, showcasing over 130 rare and valuable collars dating back to the 15th century. The oldest gold collar in their collection is a Spanish iron herd mastiff collar, which was used for protection whilst roaming Europe.

The other collars have various decorations from spikes to beads, and some models have been fashioned to represent their historical counterparts. There are also plenty of interactive exhibits, such as photo frames for kids and families.

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Baked Bean Museum of Excellence, Port Talbot

This spectacularly strange and wacky private museum is definitely worth a trip. But make sure you book ahead of time, as this museum is actually located inside someone’s home! Dedicated to the famous sauce-covered haricot, creator Danny Wallace loved Heinz so much that in 2009 he wanted to display his global Heinz memorabilia for the world to see!

Also featured on Channel 4’s documentary ‘BRITAIN’S WEIRDEST COUNCIL HOUSES’, this is undoubtedly the most unique museum in Wales.

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British Lawnmower Museum, Southport

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This fascinating micro-museum is located in the streets of Southport and is a quintessentially British attraction. As one of the world’s leading vintage lawnmower and antique garden machinery museums, this attraction brings in lots of visitors from all around the country.

Showcasing their collection of lawnmowers all the way from the first model back in 1830 to the more modern ones we have today, as well as the famous lawnmower owned by royals Charles and Diana, the museum also doubles up as a lawnmower shop. So if you find yourself wanting a souvenir, then you don’t have to look far!

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The Fan Museum, Greenwich

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This London museum has been open to the public since 1991 and is the only one of its kind dedicated to the history and culture behind the handheld folding fan. With lots of different exhibitions and areas devoted to the Helene Alexander Collection and the Fan Museum Trust Collection, this museum is great if you want to learn more about the Japanese culture behind the fabric.

There are also lots of exhibits showing the materials to make the fans, including the machine, materials and rare books.

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