Marlboro, Vermont: Taxidermy Museum, Albino Critters

An albino porcupine and three extinct birds are among the extensive stuffed menagerie at the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.

Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

Address:
7599 Vermont 9, Marlboro, VT
Directions:
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, at the Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook on Route 9, about 13 miles west of Brattleboro and 27 miles east of Bennington.
Hours:
Daily 10am - 5 pm Memorial Day- late Oct, WInters hours vary. (Call to verify)
Phone:
802-464-0048
Admission:
Adults $5, Children 5-12 $2, Seniors $3, under 5 free
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Taxidermy museum, albino critters

This small natural history museum is one of Vermont's little known wonders. It is primarily the taxidermy collection of a man named Lumen Nelson who lived in the area from 1873-1966. It contains oevr 650 taxidermy specimens in small dioramas. The are several oddities in the collection including about a dozen albinos (groundhog, red squirrel, gray squirrel, robin, barn swallow, deer, porcupine, etc.). They also have a doe with horns and three extinct birds (passenger pigeon, heath hen, and eskimo curlew). The museum now has some live animal exhibits including owls and hawks.

[Ed Metcalfe, 03/12/2006]

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