USA Trip, July 17 - August 7, 2010

Whale ear drums - click to enlargeThe Heritage of the Sea section was full of weird sea-related stuff, like this pair of "whale ear drums." Lots of stuff from shipwrecks too. Also a crazy music box that played the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden" over. and over. and over.

Giant sea monster - click to enlargeThe entire room is dominated by an enormous 200-foot sculpture of a sea monster fighting a giant octopus. You literally walk up and around the thing on elevated walkways. It's breathtaking.

Creepy Puppets - click to enlargeCreepy puppets.

Burma-Shave - click to enlargeSnookums disagrees with some Burma-Shave ads in the Tribute to Nostalgia.

Garuda - click to enlargeA creepy statue. Is it a garuda? (Note: I swear, 75% of the stuff at the HOTR could have "creepy" applied to it.)

Our first glimpse of the carousel - click to enlargeAt long last we were nearing the the carousel. They advertise it as the world's largest. It has 296 handcraft animals, none of them horses. In American Gods, Shadow and the gods ride the carousel into the mind of Odin. This was our first glimpse down a dark hallway.

The carousel - click to enlargeAnd suddenly you step into the carousel room and it's thundering before you and all around, and it's 100 times more intense than you imagined. There are lights and music and crazy naked angel mannequins and carousel horses and robotic, self-playing instruments covering every inch of the floor and ceiling and the music is crashing but all you can look at is this intense whirling carousel before you.

Snookums and the carousel - click to enlargeSnookums tries to take it in.

Me and the carousel - click to enlargeI'm overwhelmed.

The Gate to the Organ Room - click to enlargeThe demonic gate from the Carousel to the Organ Room.

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