The Fragrance Museum in the Farina-Haus, © Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus

The Coolest & Strangest Mu­seums in NRW

Are you for real? An en­tire mu­seum ded­ic­ated to that?!

Sure, mu­seums are cool, but you have to ad­mit that the best mu­seums are ones that make you think to your­self, are you for real? An en­tire mu­seum ded­ic­ated to that?!

Sure, museums are cool, but you have to admit that the best museums are ones that make you think to yourself, are you for real? An entire museum dedicated to that?!

Museums like the Currywurst Museum in Berlin or the Dog Collar Museum in England are the museums that bring the curious from all corners of the world to get a taste of what it’s like to be surrounded by history and stories about one particular thing. Well, in North Rhine-Westphalia, we have a few of our own. Are you ready to get up close and personal with some of the strangest museums in the region?


Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus | Cologne

The Duftmuseum (or in English, Fragrance Museum) offers you a guided tour through three centuries of different fragrances. Dive into the cultural history from the Rococo era all the way to modern day makers in the twenty-first century. You’ll learn all about the famous Eau de Cologne and the perfumer Johann Maria Farina too.

Note: Reservations are required

Giraffen Museum | Dortmund

From 3mm to 5.85m in size, the Giraffen Museum (or in English, Giraffe Museum) boasts one of the largest giraffe collections in the world, more than 30,000 to be exact. The collection comes from all over the world and is divided into 360 different sections in the museum.

Note: This is a private museum, reservations are required

Museum Insel Hombroich | Neuss

The Museum Insel Hombroich collection itself isn’t so strange, but the incredible and unique architecture is was makes this museum so wild. It is a park and a museum which stretches across 62 acres of meadows. The museum’s focus is on architecture, art, and nature and located on an old NATO base, is the fascinating “Raketenstation” and “Kirkeby-Feld”.

Neanderthal Museum | Düsseldorf

The Neanderthal Museum is all about the Neanderthals of the world. To many, it comes as a surprise that the first findings of Neanderthal bones were actually found in the Neanderthal Valley (hence the name of this cave men species). The museum itself is located just around the corner from where the remains were found and is an interactive museum that takes visitors on a journey through more than 50,000 years of Neanderthal history.

Radiomuseum | Duisburg

The Radiomuseum in Duisburg is a privately run initiative run by volunteer members who have a passion for the radio. Who else would run it better? The museum hosts regular exhibitions, presentations, and shows for the young and old, the technical freaks and nostalgic, and the lovers of history and the present.

Leder und Gebermuseum | Duisburg

The Leder und Gebermuseum (or in English, Leather and Tanning Museum) is only about 350 square meters and is a small private museum that shares the history of the leather industry, and of course the development and production of leather too. The coolest part about this museum is that they host workshops, events and children’s birthdays.

So, what do you think? Which of these wildly strange but amazing museums sparked your interest first?


Written by Jenna Davis | Life in Düsseldorf

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Giraffe Museum, © visual hunt
Neanderthal Museum, © Jenna Davis
Radiomuseum, © visual hunt
Leather Museum, © visual hunt

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