Mittwoch, 14. September 2011

Fundsache: Napoleons Kamel

"The Musée africain de l'île d'Aix was started in 1933 by the Baron Napoléon Gourgaud, the grandson of general Gaspard Gourgaud, a companion of Napoleon on Sainte-Hélène. The museum is in two former fisherman’s houses, and mostly contains Gourgaud’s hunting trophies from his two expeditions to Africa, as well as African artifacts and a fake taxidermy of a dodo bird largely composed of chicken feathers.
The camel is said to have been brought back to France in 1801 at the end of the Egyptian campaign and then lived at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris before its death. It was displayed at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle and brought to the Île d'Aix in 1932. However, many believe that its Napoleon connection was invented by Gourgaud to bring more visitors to his museum."

Fundort: Atlas Obscura, ein Blog, der unterc anderem eine bizzarre Sammlung bizzarer Museen und Sammlungen enthält.- Meine Favoriten in dieser umfangreichen Sammlung sind das Presidential Pets Museum in Williamsburg, das Oktober-Krieg-Museum in Damaskus oder die - mobile - "World's Largest Collection of The World's Smallest Versions of The World's Largest Things", das Killerwal-Museum im australischen Eden.

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