The last time we were in New York, we went to the taping of a radio game show called Ask Me Another, which was a blast, and I highly recommend.
However, we got to the place (a pub called The Bell House) a bit early, and so we decided to wander the neighborhood. It was fairly industrial, with auto-repair places, etc., but down the street from The Bell House was a museum called The Morbid Anatomy Museum. With a name like that, naturally we had to go in!
It turned out that it was primarily a taxidermy museum, with nineteenth, and early twentieth century animals. Yes, it was every bit as creepy as it sounds, although interesting as well, in a car-crash sort of way. They had various large animals and birds on display, along with a section they called “crap taxidermy” where bad taxidermists accidentally created entirely new species. Sadly, I apparently didn’t take any pictures of those.
They also had a large section of dioramas. Pride of place went to “The Kittens’ Wedding”:
This was made in 1890 by Walter Potter, who was apparently quite famous for such things. I can only assume that all of the kittens died of natural causes before being added to the display. The card with the display makes a big deal of the dresses, talking about the Bride’s dress of cream brocade, with a long veil and orange blossom. They probably brought in Robin Leach for the commentary.
There was also this one:
This one seems quite suspect to me, though–everyone knows that weasels are bare-knuckle boxers, so I think that this might be fake.
This reminds me of the Grant Museum in London: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology
Though they don’t have a kitten’s wedding, they do have a whole jar full of pickled moles, and a case full of preserved animal heads sawn (sagittally) in two. You might have been interested in the (now extinct) quagga skeleton: although they didn’t have all the bones, they completed the skeleton by 3d-printing mirror images of the ones they did have.
The Grant Museum sounds a lot more extensive (and organized) than the Morbid Anatomy museum, which was a bit, um, random. I’d never heard of a quagga before.
The big problem with pickled moles, is it is hard to stop at just one…
That’s why they have alarms on the cabinets.
My children are sick!
Here’s an interesting link on the scary museum theme…
So much more to be repelled by than stuffed kittens…
I think those dolls might give me nightmares…