From anatomical anomalies to mysterious hieroglyphics and miniature museums – Massachusetts has some pretty odd attractions! If you’ve got a penchant for the peculiar, look no further than your own backyard. These landmarks are sure to satisfy your desire for the deranged!
The Museum of Bad Art, Somerville
With all the museums dedicated to fine art, it’s refreshing to know that there is a place where the not-so-talented artists of the world are celebrated, too. From disturbing to creepy to just plain awful, the paintings and sculptures are sure to hold your interest.
Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston
Founded in 1848, this gorgeous garden cemetery is a unique memorial to the deceased. Featuring rolling green hills, flowers and plantings as well as one-of-a-kind art, sculpture and architecture – Forest Hills is a far cry from your average resting place. A major draw for tourists are the cement houses lining the side of a hill. They are miniature replicas of the homes the deceased once lived in.
Rockport Paper House, Rockport
Built by mechanical engineer, Elis F. Stenman in 1922, this lovely little cottage is built entirely of old newspapers – well, except for the fireplace, of course. Even the furniture and fixtures inside the home are created from paper. Part of the fun of visiting the paper house is examining the vintage articles and headlines visible beneath the varnish.
The website describes The Mµseum as “a space for showcasing masterful, engaging, and innovative work on an intimate scale with a focus on art being produced in New England.” The tiny “museum” is 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep.
Dighton Rock, Berkeley
The strange carvings and symbols discovered on Dighton Rock in the 1680’s are one of the New World’s greatest mysteries. No one has ever been able to interpret the writings or determine who created them.
Warren Anatomical Museum, Boston
Those who long to visit Philadelphia’s famous Mutter Museum may not realize that there is a smaller version right at home in Boston. It features the skeletons of conjoined fetal twins and the skull of Phineas Gage, who survived a 13-pound rod being blasted through his head by dynamite – just to name a few.
Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, South Hadley
Jam-packed with a menagerie of the weird, wild and wonderful, the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum has been a hidden gem for fans of the abnormal since 1946.
Echo Bridge, Newton
Want to hear your own voice echoed back to you up to 25 times? Then a visit to Newton’s Echo Bridge should be at the top of your list. Built in 1877, the bridge extends over Hemlock Gorge. The unique architecture of the structure accounts for the acoustic phenomenon. Don’t forget to visit the nearby Echo Bridge Restaurant once you’re all hollered out.
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