(Daily Mail) The dead frog museum: Bizarre tourist attraction shows stuffed amphibians at dinner parties and riding taxidermy squirrels
- The odd concept was first curated by Francois Perrier, a former Napoleonic Guard officer, in the 1850s
- Fascinated by amphibians, Perrier collected them during his country walks and brought them home to stuff them
- He then posed the small animals in dioramas that replicated ‘typical scenes from everyday life in the town’
The newly-renovated space will re-open to the public on May 30, showcasing its vast collection of 108 stuffed frogs positioned in scenes mimicking everyday life.
An odd concept, it was first curated by Francois Perrier, a former Napoleonic Guard officer, in the 19th century.
It all began in the 1850s when the eccentric guard, who harboured a special love for the amphibians, quietly began collecting them on his walks across the countryside.
He would then take the frogs home, gut them and fill them with sand – before posing them, in some cases fully-clothed, in quirky vignettes.