St. Benedict, Oregon: World's Largest Pig Hairball: Mount Angel Abbey Museum
Mount Angel Abbey Museum
- 1 Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, OR
- From downtown Mount Angel, drive east one block on Lewis, then turn right onto 1st St./Hwy 214 for 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Church St./College St. for almost one mile, then look for signs and turn right up the hill to the Abby. Park in the visitors' lot, then walk up the stairs to the Abbey Quad. The museum is to the right, at the far southeastern end of the Abbey.
- Daily 10-11:30 am, 1-5 pm. (Call to verify)
- Free, but there's also a donation box..
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- Worth a Detour
The farm at the Benedictine abbey produced some magnificent animal freaks and record-setting contents of a pig's stomach, thoughtfully preserved for your quiet contemplation. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/27/2012]
Visitor Tips and News About World's Largest Pig Hairball: Mount Angel Abbey Museum
The cows and hairball are in glass cases, but easy to see. They do have a donation box. So if you're like me, bring an extra buck or two.[Sharron, 08/02/2010]
Two significantly deformed calves join numerous giant hairballs from the stomachs of an assortment of farm animals - in a glass case in the Mount Angel Abbey's taxidermy room.[Joe Desiderio, 04/17/2006]
There is a second museum at Saint Benedict Abbey in Mt. Angel, Oregon. Hidden in a basement at the far east end of the grounds is a Russian Museum filled with old icons and treasures of the area's past. Nearby, within just a few miles are still standing three Russian Orthodox churches, locations mentioned on the walls of the museum. There are still quite a number of Russian families living nearby in Woodburn.
Most visitors would miss both the regular museum with its two 6-legged stuffed cows and pig's giant hairball, and this museum as well unless they visited the Abbey Library for a walking tour of the grounds.
Also missed by many visitors are the number of prayer kiosks with wonderful murals and biblical sayings written in German that line the roadway up the hill to the Abbey, and the old pioneer cemetery with its tiny chapel attached to it.[Jan Norwood, 06/16/2005]
Remodeled in the 1990's by the Grant Company, the museum is well lit and very nice. Features animals such as bears, moose, bison, and the famous 8-legged cow and 2-headed cow. The library at the Abbey is also world famous for its architectural design, one of two buildings designed in the U.S. by Alvar Aalto. The Mt. Angel Abbey sits on the edge of Mt. Angel and actually is it's own town of St. Benedict, Oregon. Mt. Angel features a world famous Oktoberfest every year. The small town of 3,00 becomes a town of 500,000 for 4 days in September.[Mar Bauman, 03/23/2003]