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These off-the-beaten-track attractions have received an average of 500 reviews–a drop in the ocean compared with some of the most commonly visited destinations like Orlando’s Magic Kingdom and the British Museum in London– the two have well over 50,000 reviews. Tinier still in comparison to the most popular attractions, the Eiffel Tower, Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and the Colosseum, which have over 100,000. The 10 attractions on TripAdvisor’s hidden gems list also boast higher average ratings than some well-known destinations nearby. For example, Chelsea Physic Garden in London has a higher average rating than both Madame Tussauds and the Tate Modern.

Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam

Well-heeled travellers will be in awe of the largest collection of bags and purses housed in this canal house. Trace over 500 years of design back to 1500 AD, ranging from handbags to shoes and hats.

Book a Skip-the-Line: Amsterdam and Holland Pass via TripAdvisor from Rs 3,418.

The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles

From Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald through to Michael Jackson, this museum celebrates the legacies of American musicians and the industry, giving visitors the chance to hear rare recordings, see one-of-a-kind stage costumes and tap to the beat of history’s legends.

Book a Los Angeles Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour from Rs 3,287 and explore every hidden gem in the city, including The Grammy Museum.

Art of Paradise, Bangkok

Art in Paradise is a fun and fresh take on an art gallery that has closed the divide between art and spectator with three-dimensional paintings that are interactive and laugh-out-loud funny.

Skeletons Museum of Osteology, Orlando

One for nature enthusiasts, this museum is one of its kind, housing over 40 exhibits featuring 500 real animal skeletons in unique poses and dioramas. You’ll leave with a new level of respect for animals. Book entry tickets from Rs 1,273.

The Beat Museum, San Francisco

Channel Jack Kerouac and step back to 1950s San Francisco in this haven of memorabilia from the Beat Generation, a collective of beaten down writers, artists and thinkers. Pore over original manuscripts and first editions, letters, personal effects and cultural ephemera.

Book a North Beach Underground Tour with Beat Museum Admission from Rs 1,677 via TripAdvisor and see San Francisco from a new perspective, stepping back in time.


Fragonard Perfume Museum, Paris

The immersive perfume museum, Le Grand Musee du Parfum, is housed in a 19th-century mansion and is the first scent-centric attraction in the world. Go on a multi-sensory journey through the history and science of scent and perfumemaking and come out smelling like roses.

Book a Perfume Creation Workshop in Paris and make your own personal scent before touring the museum from Rs 7,478.

Gulliver’s Gate, New York

A small world in the Big Apple, head to Times Square and step into a full city block wide world of interactive and immersive miniatures that will ignite your imagination and challenge your perspective. Special offer entry tickets currently available for Rs 1,878.

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

This tranquil green space is often forgotten by both Londoners and tourists, which only adds to its charm away from the city’s bigger bustling parks. A walled green space by the Thames, it dates from 1673 and is London’s oldest botanic garden, with 5,000 edible, medicinal and historic plants. Book a Secret Gardens Tour of London with Afternoon Tea from Rs 15,346 via TripAdvisor and See the capital in bloom on a full-day tour of London’s most beautiful and little-visited gardens.

Fountain of the Four Rivers, RomeA bigger celebration of Bernini’s touch than the Trevi Fountain, the Fountain of the Four Rivers can be found in Piazza Navona and is a sculptural masterpiece worth visiting. Discover numerous ancient messages and meanings kept by its four River Gods. Book a Private Tour: Rome Fountains and Squares – Evening Walking Tour, Dinner Included from Rs 8,580 and explore Rome’s many fountain-splashed squares.

Dubai Miracle Gardens, Dubai

This magnificent flower park opens in cooler months and is home to over 45 million flowers spread over 72 thousand square metres of land. The flowers are planted on different creations, from arches to skyscrapers, every year.

Book a Dubai Global Village and Miracle Garden Tour from Rs 5,366 and combine the thrilling rides of Global Village with the stunning flower display.