Animal bones can be some of the most unsettling objects around and while most museums have the courtesy of displaying them in peaceful, innocuous scenes and poses, Paris' Gallery of Paleontology and Comparative Anatomy (Galerie de paléontologie et d'anatomie comparée) has decided to arrange their collection as though the animals are trying to run visitors down. This skeletal stampede was captured by Atlas Obscura user philoursmars, who found the whole experience made him a bit introspective:
It was in winter, but the day was shiny, so the place was full of light. What strikes me when I take a look at this picture is the contrast. Contrast between death and life, the walk from the dark to the light. ‘Where are they going to?’ one might ask. Contrast between the threat of the skeletons and the calm of their pace. In other words, contrast between their movement and their stillness.
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Full of creaking 19th century carousels in a dimly lit gallery, Paris's Musée des Arts Forains can be a scary place. In this Photo of the Week, Atlas user Katie Bush captures the eerily magical feeling of the space in one singular image. Here she describes her visit:
This little museum is tucked away in an odd part of Paris — a section that has shops built on old train tracks, and the museum is housed in one of the city’s original train stations. When you walk inside of the large gates, the whole place feels magical. There are lots of sculptures of animals sticking out of buildings, old carnival rides outside and inside of the museum, masks hanging off of the old station, pretty much everything you can imagine. The inside of the museum is very dark, but hauntingly magical. All of the items housed in the museum are of excellent quality and have a high level of craftsmanship. They were all hand painted. I especially liked the illuminated pieces, as seen in the background my image. I believe that this particular photo was of a unicorn costume used in some sort of sideshow.