You may recall our earlier post about the upcoming second annual International Obscura Day, and perhaps you’ve already made plans to attend one of the expeditions, back-room tours and unusual explorations this coming Saturday, April 9 in 103 cities and towns on all seven continents, from Albuquerque to Wellington, all the way to McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
You can descend into the catacombs below Naples, Italy with an art historian; tour Mary’s Gone Wild Folk Art & Baby Doll Museum in Supply, North Carolina; experience the powerful Saltsraumen Maestrom near Bodo, Norway; visit Tesla’s laboratory on Long Island with GOOD editor Ben Jervey; sneak around the Haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado; go behind the scenes of the Cycladic Museum in Athens, Greece; poke around in the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things in Lucas, Kansas; check out the birthplace of the Internet in Los Angeles with Matt Novak of PaleoFuture blog; pass through secret doors on a treasure hunt at the Mansion on O St. in Washington, DC. And much, much, much, MUCH more.
Obscura Day is organized by Atlas Obscura, an online compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica. Best of all, most of the events are free! To give you a tantalizing taste of what it’s all about, watch this video of highlights from last year’s Obscura Day events: