Paxton Gate

Arts & Crafts in Portland

Image by Alexander Howard Lonely Planet

A warning to the squeamish: snarling wolves, a smiling warthog and one gape-mouthed hippo are just a few of the stuffed animals lining the walls here, but this curio shop is not to be missed. Celebrating a fascination with the natural world rather than the desire to capture it, this shop has everything from fossilized clams to vintage test-tube clamps.

Taxidermy specimens are also for sale, but the shop assures its customers that these items are sourced from animals that have died from natural causes or were humanely euthanized to manage wild populations.