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Pawling, New York: Akin Free Library Curiosities

1898 building, former lending library, now a museum. Natural history items, extinct and shrunken curiosities collected by Olive Gunnison and installed in the library in the 1960s.

Akin Free Library

378 Old Quaker Hill Rd, Pawling, NY
From NY-22 in Pawling turn east at the stoplight onto NY-67/Quaker Hill Rd. Drive three twisty-turny miles. When the road ends at a stop sign, turn right onto NY-66/Old Quaker Hill Rd. Drive one-third mile. You'll see the distinctive building on the left.
May thru Oct. F 11-5, Sa-Su 1-4. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Donations welcome.
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Akin Free Library.

Akin Free Library Curiosities

Housed in an amazing Victorian building that pops up seemingly out of nowhere with an even more amazing, mind-blowing collection on display. Be forewarned that some items on display might rattle you, but that's why we love RA sites! Prepare to spend time reading the typed descriptions.

[Annie, 06/03/2023]

Akin Free Library.

Akin Free Library

This eclectic 1898 building is no longer a lending library, but a museum. In the lower level is an incredible assortment of natural history items and curiosities collected by Olive Gunnison and installed in the library in the 1960s.

[Terry Ariano, 05/21/2023]

The collection includes many dead things in jars, ceramic tiles recovered from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a shrunken head, and stuffed versions of three different extinct birds.

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