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Weirdest Museums In South Florida

July 22, 2013 8:00 AM

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Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum (Source: www.electrotherapymuseum.com)

Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum (Source: http://www.electrotherapymuseum.com)

From unrequited love monuments to antique fighting machines, South Florida’s museums widely range in topics but offer the same fun to those who want walk down the side-winding roads of history. Here are a few glimpses into history off the beaten path.

Coral Castle Museum
28655 S. Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33033
(305) 248-6345
www.coralcastle.com

With a backstory involving love, loss and a tiny-framed Latvian emigrant mysteriously sculpting over 1,000 tons of coral, Coral Castle remains standing as Homestead’s creepiest tribute to love. Guests will find it interesting to ponder how creator Edward Leedskalnin singlehandedly harnessed the “secret of the pyramids” to build the monument, yet couldn’t find an easier way to impress his ex-girlfriend. Coral Castle embraces its eerie lean by hosting a monthly “psychic day” on the first Saturday of the month.

World Erotic Art Museum
1205 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-9336
www.weam.com

Sultry South Beach’s Washington Avenue serves as a landing strip for the World Erotic Art Museum, a place where cataloging erotica goes far beyond dusty back-issues of Playboy. The private collection boasts tasteful works dating as early as 300 B.C. up until the present, including unique pieces ranging from sculpture and photography to tapestry. Going to an exhibition has never felt so literal.

The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum
627 36th St.
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
(954) 253-3529
www.electrotherapymuseum.com

This private collection of technological artifacts explores the alternative and little-known electrical components and inventions dating from around the 1880s to 1930s. Many artifacts use the technology of somewhat controversial scientist Nikola Tesla, including “the earliest surviving” Tesla Coils and violet wands. Museum-goers can also look forward to static electric machines, x-ray coils, quack medical devices and more. This museum is sure to provide an illuminating experience.

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Wings Over Miami Air Museum
14710 S.W. 128th St.
Miami, FL 33196
(305) 233-5197
www.wingsovermiami.com

Not often enough are the artifacts in museums larger than entire rooms, or better yet, are test driven on the weekends. Experience an up-close look at the history of flight at the Wings Over Miami museum, specializing in a collection of “vintage aircrafts, military trainers and jet aircrafts from the Cold War era.” This is sure to provide jaw-dropping experiences for grandpas and grandsons alike.

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Alicia Bustamante is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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