Anna’s Museum in Brighton

A "Secret" Window Museum filled with curiosities
Sometimes we found the most fun in the smallest of our discoveries. This is what happened to us on a warm summer day when we stumble upon the fantastic Anna’s Museum in Brighton.
We took a wrong turn next to Churchill Square, and we decided to walk a little further to see where this street would lead us. This side street helped us escape the crowds of people that came to Brighton over the sunny weekend. There we found this window filled with small items. It grabbed our attention, and we ended up spending some time going through everything that is being presented at Anna’s Museum.




But this is not a proper museum, in a traditional sense. This feels like a secret window of curiosities. Something that you could see in a movie but never in real life. But it’s for real, and we have the pictures as proof of it.

Anna’s Museum is the work of a young natural history collector, Anna, who has been collecting items and things since she was 4 years old. A few years later, she got into taxidermy and eventually became Brighton’s youngest taxidermist.

By her teens, her collection was already impressive, and her parents helped her present her collection of natural history artifacts on a shop window. This is where you can walk up nowadays and take a look at hand-labeled glass jars and wooden boxes filled with rocks, eggs, bones, fossils, and more. There is even a squirrel wearing a waistcoat and holding an egg. We are not sure about the story there, but it looks classy. We read online that this piece is called Squirrel Nutkins!

Personally, it feels great to see somebody like Anna getting all this support from her family. When I was growing up, I used to collect rocks, and her story seems too familiar to me. This is why I decided to write this short article about it.

If you are interested in visiting Anna’s Museum in Brighton, follow the map below. Don’t forget that the window is the museum, you don’t need to knock the door or do anything else. And pay attention to the windows since you’d be forgiven for ignoring it and thinking the Museum is some hip window display.

Also, we found this 2012 interview with Anna and her family, and you need to read it as well.

Anna's Museum

Anna’s Museum – A Secret Window Museum filled with curiosities in Brighton

44 Upper North Street, Brighton BN1 3FH
www.annasmuseum.org





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