Arts & Museums
Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities
800 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
+1 860 522 6766
Started in 1796, way before Ripley's came into the picture, Joseph Steward, a painter and a museum curator, put up a small exhibition of his curiosity cabinet. The collection became so popular that Mr. Steward had to shift it to a much bigger mansion. Reopened to the public in the '90s, the museum now features rare oddities like peculiar birds, a huge lobster claw, a scary mummified hand, most of which were a part of Steward's original collection. The newest addition and perhaps, the most fascinating of them all is a stuffed two-headed calf that steals the show.