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July 7, 2014 4:14 AM   Subscribe

Are you in Leipzig with €10 burning a hole in your pocket? You probably shouldn't spend it on this hilariously crappy Star Wars exhibition.

(The blog post is in German. Here's a Google translation and an alternate Gizmodo link.)
posted by Faint of Butt (35 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ten euro? In sint maarten you can go to a crappy Star Wars museum for free! That Yoda Guy's main claim to fame is being one of many people who helped design Yoda.
posted by snofoam at 4:23 AM on July 7


what the hell even is this
posted by louche mustachio at 4:27 AM on July 7 [8 favorites]


I wouldn't pay €10 to see it, but I'm glad someone did.
posted by louche mustachio at 4:28 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


I don't know what this thing is either but the rescue needs to step in and rehome it.
posted by louche mustachio at 4:33 AM on July 7 [3 favorites]


It's a diversion, the real stuff is happening elsewhere.
posted by effbot at 4:34 AM on July 7 [5 favorites]


what the hell even is this

I bet you didn't know that Ewok hairballs had a higher technology base than the Ewoks themselves.

I don't know what this thing is either but the rescue needs to step in and rehome it.

If you thought the version of the Star Wars Holiday Special that made it to air was bad, be grateful they cut the scene staring Chewbacca's unfortunate mother.
posted by JHarris at 4:45 AM on July 7


Hmm it looks so bad it's almost worth seeing. Perhaps intentionally crappy museum exhibits could now become a thing.
posted by chaz at 4:49 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


I dunno, that was pretty great. The Mad Max whistle pig alone was worth it.

On the other hand it was free for me, and my purple burny laser vengeance scowl against Lu-Kass knows no bounds.

Plus the astronaut. It's deep, man.
posted by petebest at 4:49 AM on July 7


These are laugh-out-loud bad.

Long ago there was a wonderful old museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario, that was stuffed to the rafters with dubious exhibits. There were a few good ones, but there were also some examples of taxidermy that were off-the-charts bad. We're talking unidentifiable mammals shaped like cylinders here. I went there once with a friend and a bag of mushrooms; suffice it to say the place was entertaining in the extreme. Can't honestly say I've laughed harder at anything for any reason.

So yes, bad museum exhibits definitely have their place.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:01 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


I think they're misadvertising this thing - I'll walk on by a Star Wars exhibition, but tell me €10 lets me see a five-foot furry turd on a motorbike and I'm there.
posted by emmtee at 5:06 AM on July 7 [7 favorites]


I don't know what this thing is either but the rescue needs to step in and rehome it.
There is something genuinely terrifying about the single lifelike human eye staring out from that disconcertingly small lump of matted fur.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 5:06 AM on July 7 [6 favorites]


It's better than The Phantom Menace.
posted by dowcrag at 5:08 AM on July 7 [25 favorites]





Long ago there was a wonderful old museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario, that was stuffed to the rafters with dubious exhibits. There were a few good ones, but there were also some examples of taxidermy that were off-the-charts bad. We're talking unidentifiable mammals shaped like cylinders here. I went there once with a friend and a bag of mushrooms; suffice it to say the place was entertaining in the extreme. Can't honestly say I've laughed harder at anything for any reason.



I do not even know if this place still exists but I need to go there.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:17 AM on July 7


I think it's awesome, actually - it's like a kit-bash version of the 1986-1987 Doctor Who American Celebration exhibit. For a few extra Euro, I'd buy the creators a drink.
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:20 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


It was recently announced that Chicago will be the home of the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. One thing we're hearing from critics is that we don't know what exactly is in his collection--how is he going to fill a museum?

I would love to see a wing of crappy fan art.
posted by hydrophonic at 5:20 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Direct link to the German Space Expo website (and rough Google Translation). From the looks of things, it's more of a children's museum on a shoestring budget then an actual tourist draw or media cash-in. For that, I'd offer the organizers a second round of drinks.
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:35 AM on July 7


poor children
posted by Namlit at 5:40 AM on July 7


Man, I didn't know German kids had it so hard.

I mean, geez, like, we should take up a collection or something you guys.
posted by aramaic at 5:42 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


From the looks of things, it's more of a children's museum on a shoestring budget then an actual tourist draw or media cash-in.

I feel a little bad now, but not very much.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:45 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


I feel a little bad now, but not very much.

And as a consolation prize, here's a papier-mâché pterodactyl being prepped for a U.S. based dinosaur exhibit.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:00 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Another supremely crappy museum is the International Museum of Cryptozoology in the otherwise lovely town of Portland, Maine.

The owner takes your seven bucks outside the door, because taking a peek at the museum's offerings would quickly dissuade you from paying more than fifty cents for a tour. It's filled with boxed plastic Sasquatches and old newspaper clippings about various dubious crypto-animals. The site features a mock-up of a fake Barnum "Fee-Jee Mermaid," which is probably the highlight of the exhibit.
posted by kozad at 6:13 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


what the hell even is this

Ewok Knievel, savior of Endor's forest moon.
posted by blueberry at 7:25 AM on July 7 [4 favorites]


Surely he'd be Ewok Knievok.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:15 AM on July 7 [5 favorites]


Can they do this??
posted by George Lucas at 8:34 AM on July 7 [10 favorites]


George Lucas: Can they do this??

Basically, anything you say in this thread is going to be eponysterical, dude.
posted by Ben Trismegistus at 8:36 AM on July 7


(check out George Lucas's posting history, dude)
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:45 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


The Area 51 Museum MYTH OF REALITY "museum" in Las Vegas is also pretty special.
posted by microcarpetus at 8:50 AM on July 7


I think it's awesome, actually - it's like a kit-bash version of the 1986-1987 Doctor Who American Celebration exhibit. For a few extra Euro, I'd buy the creators a drink.

Oh my god.

A friend of mine who had recently turned 16 begged his parents for weeks and eventually wore down his parents who allowed him to take a group of us teen nerds to Birmingham, Alabama to see the exhibit, the very one pictured in your "1987" link above, perhaps even that very day! As you can see from the photos, there was virtually no one there. After entering the exhibit in fact we discovered that the "guard"/ticket taker had taken a break and we were quite alone. We also quickly discovered that there were no alarms on the displays. The case containing K-9 was simply a plexiglass box just placed over the top of the robo-dog and thus once, say a couple of teenaged boys lift it off, they would in theory be able to then access said K-9. It was so tempting not to steal from the exhibit. I can't believe it made it as far as it did without more, less scrupulous attendees taking some of the larger items. As far as we went were to pry off a couple of keys from the control panel which were typewriter keys glued down, which one of my friends made into a necklace and in full nerd glory wore through the remainder of his teen years.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 8:52 AM on July 7 [2 favorites]


Ah, that says "Beschissenheit", not "Bescheissenheit", doesn't it? I think I can be forgiven the misreading.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:53 AM on July 7


No.
posted by Namlit at 10:43 AM on July 7


Also, purely grammatically, if you're beschissen, you're covered in shit, due to a scheiss mishap earlier. That's how things go in my native country.
posted by Namlit at 10:44 AM on July 7 [1 favorite]


The Area 51 Museum MYTH OF REALITY "museum" in Las Vegas is also pretty special.

That link goes to the International UFO Museum And Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico. When I went there 20 years ago, it was awesome, as in awesomely bad. Apparently, they just renovated. Don't you go changing, International UFO Museum and Research Center!
posted by vibrotronica at 11:35 AM on July 7


but tell me €10 lets me see a five-foot furry turd on a motorbike and I'm there.

Bieber tickets are cheaper than I thought!
posted by xedrik at 12:25 PM on July 7


Reminds me of when I went on a fairground ride once titled, for copyright reasons, "Indianer Jones".
posted by yoHighness at 1:19 PM on July 7 [1 favorite]


I'd just like to recommend the quite reasonably priced ($3!), and amazingly world's only Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 8:25 AM on July 8 [1 favorite]


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