National Museum of Crime & Punishment—Washington, D.C.: This popular D.C. museum is exactly how it sounds—a museum dedicated to the history of crime and consequences of crime in the U.S. The interactive exhibits include a crime lab, a simulated high-speed police chase, and tons of artifacts relating to crime in American popular culture.
Circus World Museum—Baraboo, WI: Baraboo, Wisconsin was home to the famous American circus company, the Ringling Brothers. The museum features live shows as well as circus artifacts and exhibits.
Salem Witch Museum—Salem, MA: This museum brings its visitors back to 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts. In this small, New England town, 180 people were accused of and stood trial for witchcraft.
World of Coca-Cola—Atlanta, GA: For fans of Coca-Cola, there is no better place to get a taste of this iconic American beverage's history. In addition to the displays of old Coke memorabilia, the "Taste It!" exhibit allows guests to sample 64 products that Coca-Cola offers worldwide.
The International Spy Museum—Washington, D.C.: This interactive museum is all about espionage and spies in the real world. Tons of hands-on stations allow the guests to take part in their own spy missions. Interestingly enough, several of the museum's board members are former CIA agents.
The Trash Museum—Hartford, CT: Open to the public free of charge, this museum teaches its visitors about the history of trash and recycling operations. It features a giant sculpture made entirely of garbage called the "temple of trash."
The Newseum—Washington, D.C.: The Newseum has become one of D.C.'s most popular museums and features interactive exhibits relating to journalism, news and media.
Historic Voodoo Museum—New Orleans, LA: This museum is dedicated to the preservation of Voodoo history and culture in New Orleans. It is designed to educate and entertain visitors about the folklore, history, rituals and legacy.
The Museum of Bad Art—Dedham and Somerville, MA: The MOBA is dedicated to collecting and displaying the best of bad art. Their mission is to bring the worst of art to the widest of audiences by displaying 50-70 pieces at a time of their over 600 pieces of truly terrible artwork.
City Museum—St. Louis, MO: This very eclectic and interactive museum consists of reused and repurposed industrial objects and architectural pieces. The museum encourages its visitors to climb on, play and touch the various unique exhibits.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.