Obscura Day 2011

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The Atlas Obscura, an online directory of bizarre, amusing, and curious attractions, once again presents Obscura Day this Saturday, April 9, 2011, around the world.

There are currently 103 cities participating with events from a meetup at the Owl House Museum in East Cape, South Africa, to Tinkertown tours in Sandia Park, Minnesota, and tours of Mary’s Gone Wild Folk Art and Baby Doll Museum in Supply, North Carolina.

On the map for Vancouver there are Vancouver Police Museum tours and Secrets of the Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Chinese Garden tours.

“A few weeks ago, we received a massive donation from a woman whose father was Vancouver’s first full-time forensic scientist,” Chris Mathieson, Executive Director of the Vancouver Police Museum, told me. “Detective Inspector Vance, often dubbed “Vancouver’s Sherlock Holmes”, was famous throughout North America for his exploits and innovations in scientific police work. He’s the reason our building (the original home to the VPD Bureau of Science) was built in 1932.”

The Police Museum will be participating in Obscura Day for the second time this year. “What makes these Obscura Day tours so special is that we’ll be opening some of those donated boxes for the first time; we’re not completely sure what’s in them, but there’s no doubt that it’ll be an exciting glimpse into the history of forensics in Vancouver.”

You can follow Atlas Obscura on Facebook or Twitter for information about unique attractions around the globe and their participating in Obscura Day 2011.

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