UCM/Abita Mystery House
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Feel Like a Child Again
As we stood in front of the UCM, I knew right away that the $3 entry fee would be worth the payout by the sign outside that read FREE POSSUM(poo) WITH EVERY PURCHASE. I love that kind of crap (pun intended) and it did not disappoint. The museum reminded us of something you’d find on Old Route 66. A lovingly curated collection of the unusual, highlights included a taxidermied alligator pony riding a bicycle, an interactive diorama display room that depicts cotillions, jazz funerals and a mardi montage, to name a few. They even had a well loved gator dog named Darrel and a taxidermied mermaid. Look around and you’ll see keys that have no locks, a wall made of broken glass, and a bassigator the size of a small bus. There are surprises that wait around every corner, really. If you were ever a creepy child or gave birth to a creepy child who likes the world of strange, stop on by. Oodles of fun. Make sure to budget at least an hour and a half for this. Don't forget to take a look in the gift shop on the way out. A quick perusal of stocked items had us leaving with a small taxidermied gator head, a souvenir tee featuring Darrel the gator dog, a couple of button pins, and a souvenir book thrown in for free.
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