The 10 Un-Politically Correct Museums That Might Offend You
Every museum, by nature, has an agenda to push, but it’s not always easily swallowed by the public. These museums have — sometimes on purpose, more often not — amassed collections of some of the world’s most politically incorrect artifacts. Which for the unwitting visitor can prove anything from mildly unsettling to downright nauseating.
Museum curator David Pilgrim (Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP)
Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia - Big Rapids, Michigan
Perhaps the most intentionally un-PC of all museums, the Jim Crow Museum at Michigan’s Ferris State University houses more than 9,000 offensive artifacts of anti-black memorabilia. Relics include cartoons, signs, and products dating from the Civil War to the present. Ku Klux Klan materials make up an important part of the collection, but so do items — such as mammy figurines and Sambo clocks — culled from the lives of everyday racists. “I collect this garbage because I believe, and know to be true, that forms of intolerance can be used to teach tolerance,” curator David Pilgrim has said.
Museum director prepares the daily guest book under a portrait of “Uncle Joe.” (Photo: Tim Makins/AP)
Stalin Museum - Gori, Georgia
The Georgian city of Gori is so steadfastly proud of its most famous son, atrocity-cultivating Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, that it built a museum that glorifies him as a great hero. True, a banner out front now explains that the Soviet-era propaganda museum is “a falsification of history … that attempts to legitimize the bloodiest regime in history” —but plans to truthify the museum’s glossy contents were recently squashed by Gori’s city council.
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