The Museum of Oddities
The Museum of oddities is a wood and metal building set between Koba’s tent and Arcadia. The building is a windowless structure where visitors are ushered through a labyrinthine maze of walls by the spectral Dr. Owl. There is one entrance and one exit. Photographs depicting various natural and human oddities adorn the walls; beneath them or placards giving brief histories. The narrow exhibit area leads into the back and finally opens up into a large space. The scent of hay often reaches people before the exhibits become visible in the dim light the museums attractions are exhibited in various aquariums, cages and stalls. Dr. Al and Leon Tilden escort groups of 10 to 15 people in at a time, carefully monitoring their visitors. Leon’s lien-faced appearance and pawlike hands may startle the crowd, but Dr. owl and Leon tell his story, explaining that while Leon looks unusual, and all other aspects he is fully human.
Dr. Owl serves as the public’s guide, calmly explaining the exhibited captives away as natural phenomena. He has a love of facts and statistics, and likes to quote the percentage chances of birth defects and dwarfism in study populations. To him, the Museum of Oddities is a display of nature’s unique mutations and variations. Four-leaf clovers and six-armed starfish underlying his point, along with two-headed snakes and albino guinea pigs. The books on the walls are for the most part outdated; 18th-century encyclopedias by the philosophers and volumes by early British naturalists predominate. His most recent additions seem to be zoology and biology text from the 1940s.