A long time ago, while browsing Roadside America for neat local places to check out and possibly photograph, I learned about the Mount Angel Abbey & Seminary near Silverton, OR. I read that on the grounds of Mount Angel Abbey there was a museum that housed an unusual collection of items, like the world’s largest pig hairball, two preserved significantly deformed calfs, and a large assortment of taxidermy North American animals. We went to check it out over the summer, but on the drive down, I read that the museum was closed for remodeling. Last weekend, I woke up with the museum on my mind, checked the website, and learned that it had recently reopened. We went to visit and found one of the coolest places I have ever been (and I have been to a lot of various types of natural history museums!). The grounds of the abbey itself were so beautiful on this wonderfully foggy day, and the collection is definitely an eclectic one that features a lot of beautiful, unique taxidermy and fascinating displays that kept us going through the small museum for well over an hour. I really love this place. I have so missed having a natural history museum nearby, and I’m so happy to know about this little, quiet museum that I can visit again and again in the future as long as I am living in the Portland area.