Albert Einstein, Troy Polamalu, Gwen Stefani and Donald Trump would love it. Those with chaetophobia (a fear of hair) would consider it hell. Our readers inclined towards Spot Cool Stuff’s odd travel attractions would find it so bad that it’s good.
It’s the Museum of Hair in Avanos, Turkey.
The town of Avanos, in the wonderful if tourist-infested region of Cappadocia, is best known for it’s pottery. Indeed, it was a local potter, Chez Gallip, who grew the hair museum. Some thirty years ago a “lady friend” of Gallip’s had to move away from Avanos. She left Gallip a lock of her hair to remember her by.
That’s a little unusual but not THAT strange.
Gallip put the hair piece in a cave under his pottery shop to keep it well preserved. Before long other women were given Gallip mops of their hair to put down in the cave.
Okay, now this is getting creepy.
Over the next three decades the hair samples kept piling up such that today the cave contains a tangled mess of hair locks from over 16,000 women! The curls cover the wall and flow out of stacks of clay pots.
Though referred to as a “museum,” the Avanos Museum of Hair is less a institution of knowledge dissemination and more a dark creepy cave that happens to have lots of hair hanging from the walls. Admission is free, though it is polite to at least look around Gallip’s store while there. Women are welcome to add to the cave’s bewhiskered collection by adding a ringlet of their own hair along with a card listing their name and home town.
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