Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Stuffed tigers and polar bears
We have this museum in my town, an offshoot of the Natural History Museum and it is literally like stepping back in time. I used to go there lots as a child myself, and now take my kids there frequently (I will admit they have probably been over-exposed because it's a free!).
There are endless victorian glass and wooden cabinets with rows and rows and rows of stuffed animals, fish, reptiles.
We all took a walk there on Sunday and I got these pictures. They are such familiar sights to me, the stuffed tiger and polar bear, the endless cabinets of butterflies and spiders...but as I was walking around I realised just how surreal it all is.
I'll let you into a secret...I know someone who works here and he admitted that they often have to put the tiger in the deep freeze to kill off the bugs! Yikes. What a job!
Above all I love that my family are enjoying exactly the same attraction that I did as a child, completely unchanged. And I am sure it will stay exactly the same for years to come..........
What do you think - fascinating or freaky?