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Bizarre Museums of London

London is filled with delightfully quirky museums with historic collections that are bizarrely out of this world. These distinctive London museums offer the perfect opportunity to see lesser-known objects, to study about the stranger historical aspect of London, and to investigate into some of the city's more unusual sites. Visit these museums, and you will have an experience of a lifetime.

Fan Museum

Opened in 1991, Fan Museum is certainly one of a kind, the only of its kind in the world.  It owes its existence and charm to the enthusiasm of Helene Alexander, whose personal collection of 2,000 fans from the 17th century onwards has been augmented by gifts from others.  The museum houses the world’s finest assortment of fans that date as far back to the 11th century up to the present.

Old Operating Theatre

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The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret is the only remaining operating theatre in England, which is situated in a garret over an old hospital church.  It has now been restored to what it would have been in the early 19th century, before the discovery of either anesthetics or antiseptics.  The exhibit includes surgical demonstration of how patients were blindfolded, gagged and bound to the wooden operating table, while a sawdust box was placed underneath to catch the dripping blood.

Dennis Severs House

At No. 18 Folgate Street, built in 1724, the late designer and performer Dennis Severs recreated an historical interior that takes you back in time to a journey from the 17th to the 19th centuries.  It offers what he called an "an adventure of the imagination."  The rooms appear as if the occupants had just left for a moment.  There is broken bread on the plates, wine in the glasses, fruit in the bowl; the candles flicker and horses' hooves clatter on the cobbles outside.  This highly theatrical experience is very far removed from more usual museum recreations.

Sherlock Holmes Museum

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective lived at 221b Baker Street.  This building, dating from 1815, has been transformed to resemble Holmes' flat, and is furnished exactly as depicted in the novels.  Visitors are welcomed to the Sherlock Holmes Museum by Holmes' housekeeper and shown to his recreated rooms featuring various waxworks and Victorian articles, and a very popular shop that sells Sherlock Holmes souvenir items, novels and deerstalker hats.

Sir John Soane's Museum

One of the most idiosyncratic museums in London, Sir John Soane Museum, formerly his house, was bequeathed to the nation in 1837, with a farsighted stipulation that nothing at all should be altered. As one of the Britain’s leading architects of the 19th century, Soane reconstructed the building to hold a bounty of architectural surprises and illusions. The museum is home to thousands of works by Turner and Canaletto, but the most bizarre of all is the vast sarcophagus of Pharaoh Seti I located in the basement.

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I have not heard of these, and I have been to London twice, thanks for sharing these with us.