America loves its museums. There are more than 35,000 of them scattered across the country, and while many are temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, we can look forward to their reopening soon.
The nation’s museums range from opulent and influential to obscure and offbeat. It is the latter category that most intrigues us — those unusual, lesser-known institutions that curate the unexpected. Here are eight such museums.
American Windmill Museum, Lubbock, Texas
Windy West Texas is the perfect place to display the world’s largest collection of historic windmills. There are more than 160 fully restored windmills spread out over 28 acres, and they serve to demonstrate the function, importance and history of windmills for water collection across the American West.
More than 100 of the windmills stand inside a giant 30,000-square-foot building and another 60 are displayed on the grounds outside. The museum’s largest wind machine is a 660KW Vestas wind turbine with a 154-foot diameter wheel and stands on a 165-foot-tall tower.
American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, New York City
Man’s best friend is well represented at this museum, home to one of the largest collections of canine-related art in the world. Relocated from St. Louis, Missouri, in late 2018, the museum’s new Park Avenue home in midtown Manhattan provides far greater exposure for the collection that consists of paintings and bronze and ceramic sculptures, artifacts, dynamic exhibits and occasional real-life interactions with famous canines.
On display is artwork by renowned artists, including Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl and Arthur Wardle. Exhibits feature dogs in films, war dogs, dogs of presidents and dogs in exploration.
Cannabition, Las Vegas
Vegas’ newest museum — and the first marijuana museum anywhere that we know about — is a veritable wonderland of weed for visiting potheads. Currently