See the Oddities of Seattle’s Ye Olde Curiosity Shop
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop has called the Seattle waterfront home since 1899. For over a hundred years, fans of the wondrous and bizarre have visited the shop, many returning with their children and grandchildren.
Regular readers will know that I love learning about and seeing the strange curiosities of our world, so there was no way I would have missed visiting Ye Olde Curiosity Shop during our time in Seattle.
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Joseph Edward Standley started the shop as a souvenir stand and free museum. He had a love of curios and learning. Pretty sure we would have made great friends.
One cabinet holds a display of genuine shrunken heads, including the world’s smallest and an actual shrunken head with torso.
Shrunken heads are terrible and fascinating at the same time. Can you believe that headhunters ever existed? I can’t imagine wanting to keep a dead person’s head as a souvenir. Who even came up with this process?
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is home to a rather pretty chicken with two left feet! Literally! Two rights as well, but that doesn’t make a good joke.
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One object…or person…you’ll want to see is Sylvester. Sylvester is a mummy, and extraordinarily well-preserved. He was found in Arizona in 1895 and has been at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop since the fifties. That mustache though!
This post doesn’t even scratch the surface of what you’ll find when you step inside Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. The store/museum has been passed down through five generations of the Standley family, and they still collect oddities today.
The souvenir book, A Curious Alphabet, made our list of the top souvenirs to buy in Seattle. It’s a great reminder of all the amazing things that live in this museum/shop on the waterfront.
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Are you a fan of curiosities? What’s the most memorable wonder you’ve ever seen? Do you have a story to share about Ye Olde Curiosity Shop? Let us know in the comments below.
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and three fur babies. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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