Unsung Museums: A Tour Of Little-Known Gems Morning Edition profiles some of the hidden spots you won't necessarily find in a tour guide.
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Unsung Museums: A Tour Of Little-Known Gems

Realistic-looking wooden pistols carved and painted by an inmate at the Walls Unit prison in Huntsville, Texas, in 1964. They were intended to be used in an escape attempt but were discovered by employees of the prison. Courtesy of Texas Prison Museum hide caption

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From Homemade Weapons To Inmate Art, An Inside Look At Life Behind Bars

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Single-belled baritones and euphoniums line the ceiling of the V&E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection to make room for the bigger instruments on the floor and walls. Aiyana Simonetti-Poe/Courtesy of V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection hide caption

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A Museum With Nearly 300 Brass Horns: You've Gotta See It Tuba-lieve It

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Chewing gum believed to have been masticated by the notorious gangster John Dillinger, now on display at the History of Pharmacy Museum in Tucson, Ariz. History of Pharmacy Museum hide caption

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Need A Fill Of Drugstore History? Try Tucson's Pharmacy Museum

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A close-up of soldiers in a diorama called "Desperation at Skull Camp Bridge." Here, Union cavalry tries to stem a Confederate breakthrough. Ruth Brown/Courtesy of Civil War Tails hide caption

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A Mew-seum? Civil War Stories, Told With Tiny Tails

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Artist Butch Anthony created a drive-thru museum of odd items in Seale, Ala. Timothy Hursley /Courtesy of Butch Anthony hide caption

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An Alabama Museum You Can Enjoy From The Driver's Seat

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A 1955 Electrolux Model LX one of the more than 750 vacuum cleaners at the Vacuum Cleaner Museum in St. James, Mo. It was advertised as "The Cleaner You Never Have To Empty," says museum curator Tom Gasko, because the bag got pushed out the machine's door when it got full. Courtesy of Tom Gasko hide caption

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In This Museum, It's OK If The Displays Collect Dust

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