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Margaretha Dubach's Mice Museum at Naturhistorisches Museum, Bern

by Suzanne on November 18th, 2011

Peek into a scene of Margaretha Dubach's Mice Museum, photo by Andi Teuscher - click to enlarge

I'm not sure how many of you remember my appeal to save the beloved Mice Museum that I posted back in March this year.

Well, good news is it's been saved. And that means all of Margaretha Dubach's original 22 display cabinets with taxidermied and skeletal mice telling the story of Otto Maus - who happens to be Hieronymouse's cousin - and the phantasmagoria and nightmares he encounters after being chased away for stealing pudding.

Peek into a scene of Margaretha Dubach's Mice Museum, photo by Christian D. Link - click to enlarge

The mice are now in the capable paws of Christian D. Link and the little furry friends are currently on show at Naturhistorisches Museum in Bern, Switzerland, where they will remain on display until January 2012 - I will try to drop by with Hieronymouse himself early next year. He does miss his Emmentaler. And his family.

Details below. For a little video overview (in German) of the original Mice Museum click here.

Peek into a scene of Margaretha Dubach's Mice Museum, photo by Franz Rindlisbacher - click to enlarge

On show: Nov 9, 2011 - Jan 29, 2012

Address: Naturhistorisches Museum, Bernastrasse 15, CH-3005 Bern, Switzerland, email: contact@nmbe.ch, tel. +41 31 350 71 11 | Map

Hours: Mon: 2 - 5 PM, Tue - Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM, Sat - Sun: 10 AM - 5 PM

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Musée Bizarre closure, private tours & liquidation sale

by Suzanne on December 30th, 2010

Installation view of the Musée Bizarre © Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

It is with immense sadness and great devastation that I inform you of the closure of one of the most fantastic, most imaginary, most magical museums I have ever had the honour to visit. After 11 years of being a most mind-blowing Wunderkammer, the Musée Bizarre (previously featured here) has now officially closed its doors, or curtains, rather.

Installation view of the Musée Bizarre © Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

As I just learned in an email from the museum, private tours can still be booked until the end of January 2011. There will be one very last public tour on January 9, 2011. Sometime after the end of January, the liquidation sale of all the exhibits will commence. A closing reception will be held on February 5, 2011.

Installation view of the Musée Bizarre © Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

I consider myself very privileged to have had the opportunity to visit the Musée Bizarre countless times. I will always remember Margaretha Dubach as the best curator and mastermind a museum has ever had. A wise, generous and deeply curious nature, she always had time for a chat about taxidermia and forteana and I wish her and Jürg Willi all the very best for their artistic future from the bottom of my stuffed little mouse heart.

I will look after my Hieronymouse, dear Margaretha, I promise, and I will hopefully see you both at the liquidation sale. Who knows, maybe Hieronymouse will get a little skeletal sister?

Installation view of the Musée Bizarre © Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

P.S. I: Please excuse the bad quality of these pictures. I took them with a very shitty camera back in the olden days before the introduction of megapixels.

by suzanne_tumblr on December 4th, 2009


via www.musee-bizarre.ch

This is from the Mouse Museum in Baden, Switzerland.  Wurzeltod, you’re swiss, right? Have you been here?  I think it is a side project of the Musee Bizarre, which also looks interesting.

I have a taxidermied mouse, standing on his hind legs holding a tiny present.  My mother gave him to me.  He’s one of my favorite things.

Yup, I go there rather often, as a matter of fact. Margaretha Dubach who made all the displays and the taxidermy is one of the loveliest old ladies and I might adopt her as my granny one fine day.

She bought a couple of hundred mice skeletons from some guy who found them in his attic and they form the main part of the insanely detailed dioramae of the Mouse Museum. Some of the displays are rather Boschesque.

The Mouse Museum is only one room of the Musée Bizarre which is the most amazing museum and curiosity collection in this galaxy and the story behind Professor Pilzbarth - tought up by Margaretha’s partner in crime (and life) Jürg Willi, a famous psychologist - one of the most creative concepts ever.

I got my little Hieronymouse from the Das Wahre Leben der Helvetia exhibition liquidation sales about 5 years ago but I needed to get Margaretha’s personal approval that he could really, really leave his family behind and come live with me.

Photo © Wurzeltod

Hieronymouse & other excitements from Wurzeltodistan

by Suzanne on January 14th, 2009

Hieronymouse by Suzanne G. - click for details/larger view

I realised the other day that I never introduced you to my furry flatmate Hieronymouse.

I bought him from the great, admirable Madame Margaretha Dubach of Musée Bizarre in Baden, Switzerland anno 2007 as a gift for Alex.

Hieronymouse is the single most handsome mouseman and I'd definitely go out with him if he was 6ft.

He normally resides under a very posh glass dome wearing exquisite Victorian garments but I felt it was about time to take him out of his ivory tower and take his portrait.

So say "bonjour!" to Hieronymouse the Magnificent. Not all at once please and not too loud because his tiny mouse ears are rather delicate. Thank you.

In other most dreadfully important and urgent WurzelNews®:

i) I'm moving to London tomorrow, i.e. I'll be off the Interweb ov Doom until I've hacked myself into my neighbour's WiFi network found a new provider.

ii) The ever growing blogroll has been updated. You can find it in the sidebar and it's totally javascriptesque, yo! (I never actually say "yo!".. and I feel I need a shower now. A brain shower.) Anyway, if you feel that your blog is worthy to be listed there, get in touch and I'll test its WurzelCompatibility® in the lab and then let my monkey slaves add it to the blogroll. Because I don't do such proletarian tasks with my own fair hands.

iii) RSS/Atom feeds are back up! Mainly because I'm a genius and figured out that it had something to do with the wp-blog-header.php being corrupted and stuff.

iv) Gravatars are back in the comments section. Customise yours here.

v) Press section has been updated. If you have something to say about the WurzelEmpireâ„¢, say it in the comments section or by email and my Orthography & Grammar Head Monkey will censor it spell check it and make it sound magnificent.

vi) And finally, Amazon US informed me that two orders got lost in transit/are unavailable. Since I don't normally go on amazon.com when I'm drunk, I assume that someone tried to surprise me for Christmas. That's very, very sweet and incredibly generous of you... whoever you are.. and I'm so very touched! However, if you did order The Upset: Young Contemporary Art or Alchemy & Mysticism for me please get in touch and we'll sue the hell out of Amazon!

That's it for now - live long and prosper!