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The Secret Science Club’s taxidermy contest at the Bell House

Show and smell: Freaky corpse contest brings stuffed animals and skeletons to Gowanus

By Max Jaeger - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

A little off the top: This Rottweiler-riding baboon dressed as a Papua New Guinean headhunter came in second place at last year’s taxidermy contest. And yes, that is a real human skull.  Photo by Andre Robert Lee

A little off the top: This Rottweiler-riding baboon dressed as a Papua New Guinean headhunter came in second place at last year’s taxidermy contest. And yes, that is a real human skull. Photo by Andre Robert Lee


You don’t have to take a dip in the Gowanus Canal to see some freaky mutant creatures on April 6.

Just a few blocks away, geeky event series the Secret Science Club will be hosting its annual “Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest” at the Bell House. Devotees of the macabre can show off their finest stuffed beasts, weird skeletons, and just about anything else that is dead and preserved. The evening is part art show, part storytelling competition, with contestants expected to spin tall and true tales about their beast’s backstory in an effort to win prizes.

“It’s a glorified show-and-tell,” said judge Robert Marbury.

Look at those chompers: Part piranha, part squirrel, this piece of taxidermy is all frightening.  Photo by Andre Robert Lee

Look at those chompers: Part piranha, part squirrel, this piece of taxidermy is all frightening. Photo by Andre Robert Lee


This is the seventh year the club has put on the event, and previous entries have included both the adorable and the abominable. One piece showed two kittens fighting over a ball of yarn another was a chandelier made of goat heads, Marbury said.

Even the organizers don’t know exactly what to expect from this year’s batch.

“I sort of think I’ve seen everything, but then clearly I have not,” said co-host Margaret Mittelbach.

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One Response to “The Secret Science Club’s taxidermy contest at the Bell House”

  1. Mariya says:

    Thanks for your interest, Cliff. Unfortunately, atisrt registration is closed, but we hope you’ll support your fellow atisrts by visiting studios on September 8 and 9 and registering as a voter.