Centerport, New York: World's Largest Dead Fish

It's 32 feet long, probably the largest taxidermied dead animal on the planet. And the Vanderbilt Museum displays other oddities...

Vanderbilt Museum

Address:
180 Little Neck Rd, Centerport, NY
Directions:
In Diorama Hall of the Vanderbilt Museum. On Little Neck Road, 1.5 miles north of Main St./Hwy 25A in Centerport.
Hours:
Tu-Su noon-5, longer hours in summer. (Call to verify)
Phone:
631-854-5555
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Centerport, New York - World's Largest Dead Fish Back On Display
World's Largest Dead Fish: After a dozen years, the world's largest dead fish -- and probably the largest taxidermied dead animal on the planet -- is back in the public eye. [08/04/2008] Complete Story...

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Shrunken head. Human Shrunken Heads

The Vanderbilt Mansion and Museum houses the gentleman's collection of William K. Vanderbilt II. It's packed with items he collected during his travels in the early 1900s. Across from each other are a room lined floor-to-ceiling with racks of taxidermy, and a natural history room with display cases filled with odd artifacts, such as an old amputation kit. In the center display case are two shrunken heads from Peru. Whoever gave the tip about the fish left out the shrunken heads. That whole room is just crammed with great stuff.

[V. Tsepis, 10/30/2012]

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