They call it Casa de la Ciencia, the House of Science, but it’s more like a House of Horrors.
Rich and I were passing through Seville’s Maria Louisa Park on Saturday morning and noticed the open door. We knew the building, the spectacular Peruvian Pavilion from the 1929 Latin American Expo, but we never realized it was a museum. Unsuspectingly, we stepped inside.
The main hall is filled with exhibits that look like they belong in the laboratory of a mad scientist. Yes, those are stuffed armadillos, and the jars hold baby armadillos, a clutch of bats and a chipmunk, suspended in some viscous liquid. Egad! Moving on...
The next grisly exhibit is more like a mortuary: bird corpses, laid out on a slab and labeled with toe tags.
All that’s missing from this one is a chalk outline. And for some reason, they sealed up the victim’s beak with scotch tape. Torture? Gang initiation gone wrong? A warning to others not to talk?
Oh my God, Fluffy! What have they done to your eyes? Your beautiful lynx eyes?
At the back of the exhibit room lies this holy of holies. We were far too terrified to ascend the steps and confront whoever or whatever was the mastermind behind this monument to unspeakable practices.
Rich went back to the first exhibit. “Wait, is this one moving??”
We fled back out into the light of day, vowing we’ll never, ever go back.
5/21/2012 09:13:59 am
Loved this report. I'll keep it in mind the next time we visit that city. . .as a place I probably don't 'need' to see.
5/21/2012 11:44:09 am
It IS a pretty scary place, Jackie. I just keep thinking of all those innocent school children who must get herded through the hall of horrors... and are no doubt scarred for life.
5/23/2012 09:53:02 am
So true, Cat. We had walked down that street countless times and gazed at the architecture, never realizing what lurked inside.
5/21/2012 12:39:42 pm
Cool. I'll have to take my son there!
5/23/2012 09:54:13 am
Make sure you have a trauma counsellor lined up for afterwards. Just in case...
5/29/2012 06:14:36 am
We haven't been there yet and though you ran off in terror, your description is so entertaining that I really want to see it for myself (and maybe ran off in terror, too)!
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