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38 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 T ravelers are certain to stumble upon an oddball museum occasionally, with such wide-ranging subjects as voodoo dolls, aliens and funeral history. While these gems pro- vide an unforgettable and often humorous experience, groups might be surprised to discover what they learn as well. Here are five unusual destinations to consider adding to your next itinerary. INTERNATIONAL BANANA MUSEUM M E C C A , C A L I F O R N I A In the desert community of Mecca, California, near Eastern Coachella Valley's Salton Sea, the International Banana Museum is one zany at- traction groups will not want to miss. It came to fruition in 2010 when local Fred Garbutt noticed a Guinness World Record collection of "ba- nanabilia" for sale and decided to install a banana museum in the bar adjacent to his family's liquor store. e collection has since grown to more than 20,000 banana-themed items, with visitor favorites such as a 1970s banana-shaped record player, a banana phone, banana hats and banana blazer jackets. UNFILTERED SPAM VISIT THESE QUIRKY MUSEUMS JUST FOR FUN Courtesy Spam Museum Top: The Spam Museum reveals the intriguing history of the canned mystery meat. Bottom: Everything glows bright yellow inside the zany International Banana Museum. BY SAVANNAH OSBOURN By Mark Davidson, courtesy International Banana Museum

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