Walter Rothschild Museum

Tring, England

 

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One of our favorite museums is the utterly bizarre Walter Rothschild Museum in Tring, England, not far from London. Unchanged since its founding in Victorian times by Walter Rothschild -- who liked to go for rides in his zebra-drawn carriage, the museum has the world's largest collection of stuffed dead animals. Including those zebras. (Perhaps due to Walter's zeal, many of those animals are now extinct.) 

By the surprised looks on their faces, most of the animal inhabitants have never quite adjusted to finding themselves spending eternity in small glass cases being stared at by generations of English school kids.

Walter Rothschild,

with a pre-dead friend.

    These dressed fleas were made in

    1905 in Mexico, where they were

    sold as curiosities.

If you think that this might be some kind of sick joke on our part, you may be right. 

But you can visit the Museum's website to confirm that this place really exists.

Of course we have always been partial to stuffed animals, based on Katherine's long association with Susan and Scott's with Zippy.

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