The Wacky Taxidermy & Miniatures Museum – Mackinaw City, Michigan - Atlas Obscura

The Wacky Taxidermy & Miniatures Museum

Taxidermy and miniatures come together to create this unique museum.  


Paying homage to classic roadside attractions, The Wacky Taxidermy & Miniatures Museum contains well-over 60 dioramas and miniature scenes that feature taxidermy mice, squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons dressed to match their environment.

A 15-foot long mouse city street takes up one building alone and features 1:12 scale businesses such as a beauty salon, tattoo shop, coffee shop, and movie theatre. Other taxidermy pieces display representations of folklore creatures from around the world such as the jackalope, the wolpertinger, and the fur-bearing trout to name a few.  

The shop is owned and operated by artists Brandon and Julie Howey. The couple wanted to create a place that would entice a universal crowd by combining the cute aspect of miniatures, with the eerily delightfulness of critters performing human acts. The artists also wanted to bring to light the history of taxidermy itself and its various forms such as rogue, anthropomorphic, and cryptic taxidermy. 

Know Before You Go

Pictures are allowed and the museum is kid-friendly. The museum is located in a plaza called The Mackinaw Crossings. Entry is $5.

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