Last month, France’s famous waxwork museum, Musée Grévin, opened its first Asian outpost in Seoul, South Korea. The new museum’s focus is firmly on the world of entertainment. As a result, waxworks of global icons like Michael Jackson and Madonna rub shoulders with the likes of actress Choi Ji-Woo — star of one of the original TV series, Winter Sonata — who has quite a fan following in Japan. India, too, has a bunch of spaces dedicated to offbeat themes like black magic, folklore and even one showcasing the brain. Here are a few recommendations.Andhra Pradesh: Nagarjunakonda
Diu: Sea Shell Museum
Situated a few kilometres away from Diu, the Sea Shell Museum is a treasure trove for nature enthusiasts. “Ex-merchant navy captain Devjibhai Vira Fulbaria’s labour of love, it chronicles the thousands of sea shells found during his 50-year-long sailing career across the globe. The museum houses close to 3,000 well-labelled shells displayed in magnifying glasses of various sizes. Captain Fulbaria personally conducts tours for the visitors, interspersing scientific information on the shells while talking about his travel tales,” says Vicki Parris, national brand leader India, Flight Shop.
West Bengal: The Indian Museum
Housing rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies and Mughal paintings, this museum in Kolkata was founded in 1814. “Some of the more resplendent exhibits here include an Egyptian mummy and the Ashoka pillar — whose three-lion symbol became the official emblem of the Republic of India. But the highlight undoubtedly is the invertebrate fossils gallery. Beside invertebrates, considerable Gondwana plant fossils are displayed. You will also find fossils of fish, dinosaur eggs and even an elephant here,” says Shreyoshi Bose, an IT analyst.