The Trujillo Museum of Unnatural Zoological Horrors

Every major city in Peru should have at least a couple of museums. Trujillo does well in that respect, what with the grand Museo de Arqueologia, the private located-in-a-petrol-station-basement Museo Cassinelli Mazzei, the quaint-though-mildly-scary Museo del Juguete (Toy Museum) and the altogether terrifying Museo de Zoología.

Quite a selection, I’m sure you’ll agree.

The latter museum, the Museo de Zoología Juan Ormea Rodríguez, is worth visiting for all the wrong reasons. Imagine a zoological museum populated by once-living creatures that had been beaten to death by a crazed gorilla before being stuffed and preserved by Hannibal Lecter’s twisted little brother.

Get the picture? If not, here are some pictures….

Trujillo Zoological Museum

From a distance, things look kind of normal in Trujillo’s Zoological Museum…

Trujillo Museo de Zoologia

It soon becomes apparent, however, that the residents of the museum look a little freaked out.

Andean Condor, Trujillo Museum

Here we see the graceful Andean Condor. He was having a bad day when he died.

Owls in Trujillo Zoological Museum

Owl One (left): “What the fuck happened to you??” Owl Two (right): “Some little bugger chopped me in half then stuck me on this piece of wood. It’s rather embarrassing, really.”

Peruvian Opossum, Trujillo Museo de Zoologia

Opossum Gang Leader: “You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Well, then who the hell else are you talking… You talking to me? Well, I’m the only one here.”

Peru Opossum, Trujillo Museum

Opossum Gang Member: “Psst, pssst, amigo, you wanna buy some drogas, eh?”

Trujillo Museo de Zoologia, Peru

“Dude, those opossums sell some crazy shit…”

Peruvian ocelot

Peruvian ocelot: “Please get me out of here, I’m scared”

Visiting the Zoological Museum in Trujillo

Trujillo’s Museo de Zoología is awesome. You should definitely go.

The museum is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday. Foreign visitors (adults) have to pay S/.2, residents pay just S/.1. Bargain.

If you’re looking for things to do in Trujillo with kids, the zoological museum might be a good option. Children will either be fascinated, or they’ll run out screaming and be scarred for life (if your kid enjoys pulling the legs off spiders, probably the former; if your child enjoys Alvin and the Chipmunks, perhaps the latter).

The museum is located right in the historic center of Trujillo, on Jr. San Martín 368.

All photos © Tony Dunnell.

  2 comments for “The Trujillo Museum of Unnatural Zoological Horrors

  1. September 17, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Thank you so much for spreading the word about this museum. I come from Trujillo and it makes me happy to know that my city has not been forgotten :).

    • September 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Certainly not forgotten! Trujillo is one of my favorite cities in Peru — great food, pretty historic center, plenty of archaeological sites nearby. And museums, of course. It’s a great place.

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