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Wacky & Wild
Published: 06/07/2009
Inside Marsh
Inside Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach you'll find quite a collection of souvenirs ranging from the usual to some of the most outrageous you've ever laid eyes upon!
photo by Gary Hayes

At Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach, Jake the Alligator Man may be the star, but be prepared to gawk at more weird stuff than you have ever seen before in one place.

Enter the world of Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach and be prepared to experience one of coast's most unique shopping experiences with a major dose of carnival sideshow. First and foremost is Jake the Alligator Man, a creature purported, as the name would suggest, to be half man, half alligator. There's the shrunken head of a South American Jivaro Indian, one of only three known to exist on the West Coast. Gaze at the two-headed calf or the lamb with one head, two bodies and eight legs. Play baseball on a 1937 World Series baseball machine, marvel at petrified dinosaur dung or a human tape-worm in a bottle. Listen to a 1912 Violano, that plays the violin and piano, or the Seaburg Solo Orchestrion that plays enough instruments to simulate an entire orchestra. Buy more than 40 flavors of saltwater taffy or a bauble made of Black Hills gold. Get a free seashell just for the asking. Shopping at Marsh's is an experience the family shouldn't miss. - By Stella Bennett

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