Strange British Museums – Most Unique British Museums

It is often said that Britain is a land of eccentrics – and that truth can be proven in the unusual museums that dot the island of Great Britain. From a museum in a red phone box to a museum of pickled animals – Britain is full of strange and interesting museums that will surprise you, entertain you and most importantly – educate you.

Here a rundown of the strangest British museums that I could find.

Red Phone Booth Museum

Britain is dotted with the iconic red phone box. It’s one of those elements of design that’s instantly recognizable as British. In the age of the cell phone, though, they are a dying breed with many being abandoned or offered to towns to maintain as heritage icons on their own. One local authority in Wales decided to turn it’s red phone box into a museum celebrating the photography of Tom Mathias. They adopted the phone box, gave it a new lease on life, restoring and creating this unique museum dedicated to a unique photographer.

Located in Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire in Wales

Cartoon Museum

Exterior of the Cartoon Museum, Little Russell Street

Opened a couple years ago in London, The Cartoon Museum seeks to preserve the best in British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation. The museum features a gallery, archive and library dedicated to all things cartoons.

Located in London:

The Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HH.
Telephone 0207 580 8155.

Hunterian Museum

The Hunterian Museum

This museum is not for the faint of heart! The Hunterian Museum in London is a collection of thousands of animal specimens, pickled in jars in an incredible steel and glass gallery. They have everything from the smallest creatures to actual human beings. Would not recommend a visit after you’ve eaten!

Located in London:

35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London

The Fan Museum

An entire museum dedicated to fans. Not electric fans, mind you (which would be cool as well!) – we’re talking the old school fans that women used to keep cool back in the day. Many of them are works of art in their own right. Boasting a collection of over 3,500 fans, they have the world’s largest collection of the interesting piece of art. They even have fans from the 1100’s!

Located in London:

12 Croom’s Hill

British Lawnmower Museum

The British love their gardens, so it only makes sense that they’d have a museum dedicated to everything to do with lawnmowers. From the very first lawnmower to modern day robotic lawnmowers, this museum has it all.

Located in Merseyside:

106-114 Shakespeare Street
Southport, Merseyside

Cumberland Pencil Museum


Here you can journey to the place where the pencil was invented which I’m sure would be a worthwhile pilgrimage for all the office supply geeks out there! Here you can learn the entire history of pencils and learn how they are made to this very day.

Located in Cumbria:
Southey Works,

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  1. avatar says

    i went to the “Museum of Childhood” in Edinburgh. The doll room was SO CREEPY! Actually, the whole place is kind of creepy.

    I recommend the Wellcome Collection right across from London Euston train station. It’s all about medical stuff, past and present. The exhibit they’ve got right now is all about drugs.