Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fossil Hunt at the Museum of the Weird

Mummies and monsters haunt the halls of the chilling, thrilling and confounding manic menagerie known to many as the Museum of the Weird in Austin, TX. From Big Foot to mermaids, the shelves of the museum are filled with the uncommon and the unnatural.

But what do they have for the geo-enthusiast? The rock hound? The fossil junkie? Well, that depends on how strict you are about that "reality vs. fantasy" thing. For example, how about some fossilized faeries?

If you are interested in something a little more grounded in reality (then why would you come here?) then check out the fossilized skull of a Chilotherium, a.k.a. the "Dino Rhino":

The bulk of the rest of the museum pieces seem to be creepy creatures and mangled monsters but another fossilized find can be found in the gift shop. Check out these sweet ammonite earrings:

So there's a quick geo-run down of this unique place. It can easily be qualified as one of the most awesome places in existence so the next time you are partying on 6th Street in Austin, take 10 minutes to go check out the weirdness!

1 comment:

scott davidson said...

As an artist myself, I enjoy reading Philip Koch's sensitive writing about Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, who along with Whistler and Rothko, are my favorite American painters.
I don't live in the United States but have traveled and passed a short time there. But even with the little time spent in your beautiful country, especially in small-town America, I can relate to some of the poetical feel that Hopper and Wyeth had captured in their art, which is for me part of the attraction of their paintings.
Browsing at wahooart.com the other day, as I do now and then, I find a good selection of Edward Hopper's work, http://EN.WahooArt.com/@/EdwardHopper ,in the big archive of Western Art, that customers can order online for canvas prints and even hand-painted, oil-painting reproductions can be made and sent to them.
Hopper's surrealistic and depersonalized world is there again. Timeless, yes, as it is still there now in the roadside cafes and diners that I ate at all over America.