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Museum of Oddities at Cazenovia Library

The kids and I have been to dozens and dozens of libraries in New York State. It was a real treat to visit the Cazenovia Library in Cazenovia, NY, and see their Museum of Oddities. It’s a place with more than just books; there’s a micro-museum packed into three rooms of the oldest section of the library, but it was quite an adventure! There’s a mummy in this library! First, a little history (of course!).

Cazenovia Library was founded about 165 years ago. It’s a beautiful Greek Revival building. I love this style of architecture.

Cazenovia Library

Cazenovia Library Architecture

Half of the building is the original structure, and half is newly built. The new wing is very nice. And there’s a resident pet cat in the library! Her name is Jesse and she is an absolute darling.

Cazenovia Library Cat

There’s also a beautiful garden right outside the back door. The flowers were lovely and this sitting area is so peaceful.

Cazenovia Library Garden

The original library building was purchased by prominent businessman Robert J. Hubbard. He also contributed to the vast collection of museum pieces, including a real mummy from Egypt! Imagine! There’s a 2,000 year-old mummy in Upstate New York!

Well, I musn’t get ahead of myself. We wandered the library a little. The older half of the building is just beautiful.

Cazenovia Library Sitting Room 1

Cazenovia Library Sitting Room 2

There are several rooms displaying all sorts of… well, oddities! I took loads of photos, but here are the most unique of them all.

There’s the wooden snowgoggles from a 19th century Eskimo.

Eskimo Wood Snow Goggles 19th Century

Here’s a 19th century Tibetan brass belt, with amber stones.

Tibetan Brass Amber Belt 19th Century

Here’s a 20th century Chinese mouth slapper! LOL! I have a hunkering that Chinese youths never talked back to their elders.

Chinese Mouth Slapper 20th Century

Here’s a stuffed Diamondback Rattlesnake. You can’t assess the size of the snake from the photo, but the thing is huge. His head is about as big as my hand. I shudder to imagine the bite of such a thing.

Diamondback Rattlesnake

I don’t want to make this post too terribly long. I’m going to end it here. The next post will be about the mummy– there’s loads of information and even a CAT Scan of the thing. Read our post about the Cazenovia Mummy here.

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About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. What a cool place to visit!

  2. Howdy Daisy! We loved this library. The kids adored Jesse, the cat. Wait until you see Part Two, where we see the real Egyptian mummy and her mummified pet! I’ll bet you can guess what kind of pet it is!

  3. little light says:

    wow! i’d love go there!