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Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland

Frog Museum

150-year-old satirical tableaus made from stuffed frogs 

The Frog Museum in Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland is a collection of 150-year-old satirical tableaus of domestic life in the 19th century — all involving stuffed frogs.

The museum began in the 1850s with an eccentric Napoleonic guard officer who harbored a special love for tailless amphibians and began collecting them on his walks across the countryside.

The officer would take the frogs home, gut them, and fill the sacks of skin with sand, before posing them in quirky dioramas. Somewhat discordantly, the museum’s holdings also include 200 lamps used by the Swiss railways, as well as a collection of Swiss armaments and battle regalia.

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