Finally, a much anticipated visit to Paxton Gate. Upon entering, I actually felt myself saying: “This is everything I dreamed it would be.”
And it was.
It’s a shop of natural wonders and a few oddities, with a neo-victorian aesthetic. You can not only marvel at this cabinet of curiosities, but you can buy these delights as well. Take home a bit of Darwin’s fancies.
Not pictured terribly well was all the taxidermy in the place. In addition to the scientific representations, there was also a “unicorn”–a palomino horse with what looked like a narwhal tusk, a “flying monkey”–a baboon with eagle’s wings, and an assortment of white mice in fancy dress.
I came out with a mounted Common Rose butterfly, a letter press mushroom note card, and a glass eye for a fox.
If you’re ever in San Francisco or Portland, do stop by Paxton Gate for the experience. Otherwise, settle for their website–PaxtonGate.com–and bring a bit of wonder home via their online shop.