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"We're going to spend the next eight hours learning about the genius of this little bent of wire."

There are museums that contain some pretty interesting things. There are museums that contain things that are downright weird. This, however, is a museum where the subject is extremely boring. It could be the location of a disappointing Class Trip, although if Played for Laughs at least one member of the visiting party will be fascinated. It might actually be made even more boring by an especially tedious tour guide. It might also overlap with Nature Is Boring if the museum is nature-related.

May be a source of Incredibly Lame Fun.



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  • An advertisement for the Polish cereal "Kangus" depicted a class of kids on a dull museum trip, with their teacher droning on about exhibits such as "the beautiful vase with Greek figures", until the wacky Kangus the kangaroo shows up to enliven their day.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Bunny and the Bull: The scene where the characters visit the Polish National Shoe Museum, complete with interminable tour guide.
  • Rat Race lampshades this by having the Pear family dragged to a detour at the Barbie Museum, which all but one member of the family expect to be a museum of boredom. However, the museum turns out to be the Klaus Barbie museum, run by Nazis. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Animal Kingdom: The Melbourne museum of art is implied to be boring because one of the characters needs somewhere no-one ever goes in order to have a secret conversation.

  • Discworld:
    • The Discworld has museums of things like dwarf bread or minerals, which generally bore any non-dwarf (Captain Carrot finds it interesting, but he's a dwarf by culture even if not by blood).
    • There's also the Colossus of Morpork, which while slightly more interesting than a bread museum is still unimpressive because it fits in a cardboard box. Bloody Stupid Johnson fully deserved his nickname.
  • Frank Stockton's short story The Queen's Museum (1887). The title museum is full of buttonholes, which the country's queen finds fascinating but everyone else finds completely uninteresting.
  • The childrens' book Thanks for the Sardine features the heroine Aggie persuading her boring aunts to come to a day course about how to be a good auntie by telling them it's an iron filings museum, which they find fascinating.
  • The children's book Ratman has the Museum of Feathers, which the main character notes gets five visitors per year.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Coogans Run episode The Curator is set in a dull local museum. The museum might actually be mildly interesting if the curator himself wasn't so desperately dull. The curator blames his museum's failure on the bigger museum down the road that keeps getting all the best exhibits.
  • Flight of the Conchords: Not a museum, but it has this feel. Murray goes on a walking tour of historic band rotundas. He'd planned for Brett and Jemaine to come with him, but they don't share Murray's enthusiasm.
  • The town of Pawnee from Parks and Recreation has a snowglobe museum. Leslie really likes it, but it's suggested that no one else finds it that interesting, including the museum's staff.
  • One episode of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. has Gomer enthusiastically dragging Sgt. Carter and his girlfriend to a rock museum, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • In The Flash (2014), the chief exhibits in the museum are the jewel that Captain Cold is targeting and a stand dedicated to a guy who saved hundreds of cows from a flood. In fact a major tip-off to the museum's staff that Cold is planning a robbery is that he took the tour twice, which apparently no-one has done before.
  • The Golden Girls:
    • One of Rose's stories about St. Olaf mentions the St. Olaf Children's Cheese Museum. Her roommates were not impressed.
    • Another episode features Miles taking Rose on a date to a thimble museum, which Rose finds incredibly dull.

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "The Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota" name-checks a few likely candidates, all of which really existed when he wrote the song. Elvis-A-Rama (since closed) was in Paradise, Nevada. The Tupperware Museum is in Orlando. The Boll Weevil Monument is in Enterprise, Alabama. Ocean Spray Cranberry World (since closed) was in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Shuffleboard Hall of Fame is in St. Petersburg, Florida. There are several rock formations called Poodle Rock or Poodle Dog Rock; at least one is in Nevada. The Mecca of Albino Squirrels is in Olney, Illinois. The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota is in Darwin, Minnesota. The town celebrates "Twine Ball Day" on the second Saturday in August every year.

  • The Museum of Everything largely averts this, since it contains... well, everything. But some of the exhibits count, such as the history of stairs exhibit which is located between floors one and two.
  • The first episode of the BBC radio series St. Berks involves a visit to the Museum of Concrete.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Victoria Wood mentions in one of her shows a visit to the "Tungsten and Ball Bearing Experience".

    Video Games 
  • Sam & Max Hit the Road focuses on roadside attractions, which include the museum at the foot of the Biggest Ball of Twine in the World. It's dreadful.
  • The The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game Mod, Beyond Skyrim, has the so-called "Hall of the Champion" in Bruma, a small museum dedicated to the Champion of Cyrodiil, the Player Character of Oblivion. Said museum is nowhere as exciting as its owner tries to make it out to be. Amongst the things he has on display are the shackles from the Champion's cell in the Imperial Dungeon, the armor of a Bruma guard the Champion bumped into while entering the city, and a handkerchief that he claims the Champion once blew their nose in.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons: Several:
    • Although not technically a museum, the Springfield Elementary trip to the box factory has this feel, causing Bart to wander off from the group. Principal Skinner and Martin, however, are fascinated.
    • Subverted with the cracker factory, which Bart thinks will be boring and feels sorry for Milhouse who's there for "Take Your Kid To Work Day" but it's actually amazing (the salt storage area is so vast the workers use sleds and huskies to get around in it).
    • The Springfield Natural History Museum includes a sign claiming: "Egyptian artifacts now less boring".
    • Homer apparently feels this way about all museums: "Good things don't end in '-eum,' they end in '-mania'...or '-teria'!"
    • The Springfield Stamp Museum.
  • The Weekenders: Bahia Bay's world food museum is a Running Gag in several episodes. Naturally, the one time they offered samples of something (baklava) that wasn't either "boring" or a Masochist's Meal, they ran out before Tino got there.
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • A school trip to the natural history museum in "Carpe Museum" is a boring ordeal for Louise, who ducks out of a tour with her trip buddy Rudy to explore a part of the museum that's closed off to make way for an upcoming exhibit, forcing chaperone Bob to track them down. Other students make the best of it, like Zeke, who has a checklist of all the boobs you can see there.
    • Another school trip in "If You Love it So Much, Why Don't You Marionette?" was to a puppet theater, which could have been fun, if only it didn't have an insipid play about stamps. The kids were asked to make their own puppets and stage their own play, but even that was made dull by only giving them eye stickers to put on the marionettes and a generic fill-in-the-blanks script.
  • The Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Interdimensional Field Trip" opens with Star's class going to the Echo Creek Paperclip Museum. Star is initially excited, but everyone else is quickly bored out of their minds.


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Wagstaff School goes on a field trip to the Marionette-odeum and Louise discovers how boring and bad it is.

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