Marsh's Free Museum

Washington Coast

Half souvenir shop and half sideshow, the 'museum' features Weekly World News stars like Jake the Alligator Boy (a wonder of taxidermy that appears to be half-alligator, half-human and now nearly fossilized with age), an Amazon shrunken head and a one-eyed lamb. If you love kitsch, don't miss this place. Bring change for the antique circus peep-show machines.

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