Recreated Museum of Curiosities Adds Two-Headed Piglet

A two-headed piglet in a jar has been donated to Joseph Steward's Hartford Museum in Connecticut. The piglet joins a two-headed calf and other oddities there, part of an effort to reconstruct Steward's 1797 museum of "natural and artificial curiosities. "

The museum has encouraged visitors to donate unusual items. A visitor from Pennsylvania returned home, tracked down a local freak pig, bought it for $200, and donated to the collection.

As reported in the Hartford Courant, other museum curios include a "Bengal tiger, a mummy's hand, a tarantula, an 8 1/2-foot alligator, an elephant's foot made into a footstool and a stone-like object said to be a 70-million-year-old triceratops horn. "

Joseph Steward's Hartford Museum, part of the Old State House, is open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 4p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and first Thursdays until 7 p.m. Free admission.

[02/08/1998]

Old State House

Address:
800 Main St., Hartford, CT
Directions:
I-84 East exit 50, Main Street exit. At second light turn right onto Main Street, then immediately turn left onto Talcott Street. At the second light, turn right onto Columbus Boulevard. At the second light, turn right onto State Street. At the first light, take the center lane, bearing slightly left onto Central Row.
Hours:
Tu-F 11 am - 5 pm, Sa 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
860-522-6766
Admission:
Admission. Free under age 6 and CT Historical Society Members.
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