It was my wife who took me into the Bone Room, saying she wishes she had known about it as a child. There are two stores next to each other, the first packed with taxidermy (lambs, birds, mouse deer, everything), fossils, bones,skeletons, and oddities because., one imagines, they arrived there by accident. The second store is like a gallery of naturalist art, also with a few skeletons but lined with drawings and paintings of flaura and fauna, complete with beautiful, indeed ravishing pictures of mushrooms. In both stores I was as taken by the staff as I was by the contents. A young woman sat at the desk in the second store talking about how to remove the skin and muscle from a skeleton without damaging the ligaments. and she was just as happy to tell us where we might eat in the neighborhood. We were in Berkeley for an academic event but we were very pleased to spend some time afterwards in this gem of a store. We almost left with the jawbone of a donkey-like creature which can be played as a percussive musical instrument. Sorry, can't use the real name for this character on TripAdvisor - profanity.
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