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5 quirky museums

"Baltimore Blues," David Best's Community ArtCar project with the South Baltimore Homeless Center, at the American Visionary Art Museum.

Ellen Albanse for The Boston Globe

"Baltimore Blues," David Best's Community ArtCar project with the South Baltimore Homeless Center, at the American Visionary Art Museum.

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BATA SHOE MUSEUM

Footwear across the ages and around the world, from Chinese bound-foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and Elton John’s sequined platforms. Adults $14, children ages 5-17 $5, under 5 free. 327 Bloor St. West, Toronto, 416-979-7799,

www.batashoemuseum.ca

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NATIONAL MUSTARD MUSEUM

More than 5,400 varieties from all 50 states and 70 countries, designer mustard pots, antique tins, vintage advertisements, and, of course, a tasting bar. Free, donations appreciated. 7477 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, Wis., 608-831-2222,

www.mustardmuseum.com

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MUTTER MUSEUM

Skeletons, skulls, preserved human organs, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting that aims to help visitors understand the mysteries of the human body and the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. Adults $15, ages 6-17 $10, under 6 free. 19 South 22d St., Philadelphia, 215-563-3737,

www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum

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ST. AUGUSTINE PIRATE & TREASURE MUSEUM

Take an interactive journey through 300 years of high-seas adventure, complete with parrots, pirates, treasure chests, an original jolly roger flag, and the chance to fire a cannon. Adults $12.99, ages 5-12 $6.99, under 5 free. 12 South Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, Fla., 877-467-5863,
www.thepiratemuseum.com

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AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM

Sometimes the best art comes from untrained artists using ordinary materials to express a personal vision. Think a model of the Lusitania in toothpicks, a recycled-glass-covered automobile, or a 55-foot whirligig. Adults $15.95, students and children $9.95, under 7 free. 800 Key Highway, Baltimore,

410-244-1900, www.avam.org

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