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Published April 5th 2013
It's an experience
If you haven't been to the Odditorium, you haven't seen quirky yet. Doves perched inquisitively on branches, raccoons, a well-dressed fox and a three-headed duckling are just some of the taxidermy animals which line the dimly-lit walls of the uncanny menagerie.
As vibrantly colourful racks of pre-loved clothing wait patiently to be discovered, the vibe is homely and full of intrigue. Porcelain animals inhabit the shelves along with an assortment of oddities and it's easy to feel comfortable in this almost other-worldly space
The Odditorium plays host to vintage clothes, quirky insect jewellery, vintage records and showcases clothes by some of Newcastle's very own designers. You can also get your picture taken in the range of colourful vintage clothing. But perhaps what makes this space most interesting is the wunder-kammer room which holds an assortment of taxidermy animals and paraphernalia - it's certainly an experience!
Located at 14 Thorn St, Newcastle in a quaint lane way off the Hunter St mall the Odditorium is like nothing you've ever seen before, so head in soon and submerse yourself in a space which perfectly balances the mix between art gallery, vintage store and portrait parlour.
I was once one of the people who very much wanted to visit this place. When is it open? The hours are never listed. I travelled from another city to visit during regular business hours but it was closed. A resident in the building said he'd never seen it open in all the time he'd lived in the same building. A shop that never opens? Odditorium indeed.