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Museum Stemmler - Schaffhausen, Switzerland

The Stemmler Museum was founded by Carl Stemmler (1882-1971) who was the heir to a thriving peltmonger business and later became a conservationist, animal welfare activist, and self-taught taxidermist.

In stark contrast to his trade and after life-long observation and documentation of the animals he often saw killed for coat and hat fashion, Stemmler leapt at a radical career change and became a passionate ecologist and animal rights activist. Stemmler seemed to have a special affinity for Alpine eagles and vultures.

The museum shows not only taxidermy including owls, foxes, and foals, but also anatomical and anthropological curiosa such as human babies in formaldehyde and skeletons of about the same age.

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