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Saul Rubin knows way too much about this subject. He spent years compiling a book called Offbeat Museums, a nationwide guide to collections of the unusual. He visited The Early Show to let us in some of his findings.

When you think of museums, what comes to mind? The Louvre? The Guggenheim? The Getty? Yes, those will always draw a crowd, but around the country, museums are popping up offering (depending on your point of view) either much-needed information or way too much information on things like:
cockroaches, plumbing, rabbits, shoes and bananas.

Do people really want to see enormous collections of banana memorabilia or bunnies (the animal kind)? Apparently they do, according to Rubin, who has compiled a whole collection of the strange and unusual in a book called Offbeat Museums..

The following is a list of them by state:

California

International Banana Club® and Museum
The Bunny Museum
The Pez Museum
The Mini Cake Museum
The Museum of Death
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
Exotic World/Burlesque Hall of Fame

Colorado

The Nikola Tesla Museum of Science and Industry

Connecticut

The Barnum Museum
The Children's Garbage Museum of Southwest Connecticut
The Menczer Museum of Medicine and Dentistry
Nut Museum

Florida

Tragedy in U.S. History Museum

Illinois

Grandpa Moses' Traveling Museum
International Museum of Surgical Science
The Time Museum

Iowa

The National Farm Toy Museum

Kansas

Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum

Louisiana

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

Massachusetts

American Sanitary Plumbing Museum

Maryland

The Great Blacks in Wax Museum
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum
The Museum of Menstruation
The National Cryptologic Museum
The National Museum of Dentistry

Minnesota

The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

Missouri

Glore Psychiatric Museum
Leila's Hair Museum

Nevada

The Liberace Museum

New Mexico

American International Rattlesnake Museum
The International UFO Museum & Research Center
The National Atomic Museum
UFO Enigma Museum

North Carolina

The Country Doctor Museum
Marvin Johnson's Gourd Museum

Ohio

Warther Carvings

Oklahoma

National Lighter Museum

Oregon

Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum

Pennsylvania

Mister Ed's Elephant Museum
The Mütter Museum
The Shoe Museum

South Dakota

The Shrine to Music Museum
Soukup & Thomas International Balloon & Airship Museum

Texas

American Funeral Service Museum
Barney Smith Toilet Seat Art Museum
Cockroach Hall of Fame
The U.S. Border Patrol Museum

Washington

The Squished Penny Museum
Don Brown Rosary Collection

Wisconsin

Hamburger Hall of Fame
Houdini Historical Center
Madison Museum of Bathroom Tissue
Spinning Top Exploratory Museum

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