3 Downright Weird and Quirky New York Museums
When it comes to having a lot of Hall of Fames and Museums, New York state may be king of the hill, but none of them are as unusual as these.
We did a little research and discovered 3 New York state museums that are too weird for words. Where do we begin? How about at the Morbid Anatomy Museum.
Morbid Anatomy Museum (Gowanus,NY)
You may wanna hold off on grabbing a New York slice until after you've finished touring this disturbing and creepy place. According to their website:
The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a new 4,200 square foot non-profit institution dedicated to the celebration and exhibition of artifacts, histories and ideas which fall between the cracks of high and low culture, death and beauty, and disciplinary divides.
While your there, you can tour the on site library with books relating to death, natural history, and medicine. The library also houses pieces of ephemera, and vintage photographs.You can also check out the Anatomical House of Wax, and an exhibit known as "The Art of Mourning." You can't wait to go to this place right?
We tried reaching the staff for an interview but all we got was an eerie recording. If living people do in fact work there, it's probably just a skeleton crew. Sorry.
Jell-O Gallery (Le Roy, NY)
We know exactly what you're thinking: "They still make this stuff?" The last time we ate some, it was Thanksgiving Day of '78. It was the green variety and Gramma's claim to fame. Here's a useless Jell-O factoid according to the museum's site:
On March 17, 1993, technicians at St. Jerome hospital in Batavia test a bowl of lime Jell-O with an EEG machine and confirm the earlier testing by Dr. Adrian Upton that a bowl of wiggly Jell-O has brain waves identical to those of adult men and women.
When you visit the gallery, you can view old Jell-O boxes, flip through recipe cards, and admire original advertising art. Are you excited yet? If learning the history of the wiggly gelatin doesn't entice you, maybe a stroll through the Jell-O gallery's gift shop will. You can pick yourself up a Jell-O chef's hat or even a stuffed, plush Jell-O bear.
Salt Museum (Liverpool, NY)
It wouldn't be fair if we didn't include this Central New York treasure. The next time your out for a walk or run at Onondaga Lake Park, be sure and preserve enough energy to visit this special little place. We visited the museum once, but we learned they did some updates and now we're thirsty for more (salt joke.)
Who knew that most of the nation's salt was produced at this relic. According to Roadside America:
Water was taken from the Onondaga Lake was boiled down, or set out in the sun for evaporation in huge bowls. As most of the workers were Irish they brought along their potatoes for their meals and would place the potatoes in the boiling vats to cook giving you the famous salt potatoes.