Oakland, California: Pardee Home Museum - Eccentric Collection

Oakland landmark contains 70,000 objects collected by the eccentric Mrs. Pardee, dead since 1952. Groups can arrange for the post-tour "special tea" option.
Address:
672 Eleventh St., Oakland, CA
Directions:
I-980 Exit 18, between Castro St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Hours:
Tours by 10-day advance appt. (Call to verify)
Phone:
510-444-2187
Admission:
$10 for the tour.
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Skulls.

Pardee Home Museum - Stolen skulls

This museum house is an Oakland city landmark, National Register of Historic Places, and California Historic Landmark. It houses a collection of 70,000 objects collected by Mrs. Pardee, including human skulls reportedly stolen from a South American cemetery. Everything is as Mrs. Pardee left it when she died in 1952 -- only dusted.

[Cathy Reed, 01/25/2004]

Feb. 2014: Tipster "Nancy" disagrees about the provenance of the skulls: "Enoch Pardee was an eye doctor, and had a few skulls. There are only a few in the case (I've been there three times) and they were probably collected for scientific study, not as souvenirs."

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