22 April, 15:00

A collection of frogs that shows life in the 19th century

A collection of frogs that shows life in the 19th century
In the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, there is one of the most interesting museums in the world, which tells about the details of everyday life in the 19th century. However, the "main characters" here are frogs. 

This unusual place is represented by a collection of 108 stuffed amphibians, which depict the life of that time. Created in 1848-1860, the François Perrier Museum became a kind of window into the past, where frogs satirically introduce the viewer to the reality of that time. 
The museum was opened in 1927. According to legend, his collection began in the 1850s thanks to an eccentric soldier who was particularly fond of tailless amphibians and began collecting them during his walks through the countryside. The story goes that the officer would take the frogs home, gut them and fill them with sand before displaying them in amazing dioramas.
Frog compositions are as close as possible to the everyday life of the past. They are engaged in school, sitting at desks, where they study literature, mathematics and history. Amphibians also visit the barber to get a stylish haircut or shave. Sometimes it's just a matter of smelling fragrant perfumes.
 Some of them join the army to defend their country from enemy attack. The most interesting thing is that these little frogs are not just depicted in passive situations. They seem to be alive, active and interact with each other, creating extremely realistic reproductions of everyday scenes. 
However, in addition to stuffed frogs, there is a collection of Swiss weapons and battle regalia, as well as many objects related to local history. 


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