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Croatia's Froggyland Museum is the Strangest Thing You'll See Today

Picture of Justin McDonnell
Updated: 6 September 2017
Some unwind by colouring in mindfulness books. Others take up stamp collecting. And then there are those who hand stuff five-hundred dead frogs and arrange them into theatrically human scenes. Well, maybe just this one particular eccentric hobbyist, Ferenc Mere.
Carpenter frogs hard at work | © Froggyland
Carpenter frogs hard at work | © Froggyland

Mere, a 20th-century Hungarian taxidermist, dedicated 10 years to stuffing amphibians and painstakingly arranging them into anthropoid positions. This curious project of passion resulted in Froggyland, arguably Croatia’s strangest attraction, which has contributed a frisson of freak to the coastal city of Split.

Rowing frogs | © Froggyland
Rowing frogs | © Froggyland

The amphibians were preserved by the highly skilled taxidermist who stuffed more than a thousand frogs between 1910 and 1920. Using an advanced technique where the frogs were filled with cork through their mouths, thus avoiding any external incisions, Mere’s work is celebrated as a masterpiece. Even by today’s standards, amphibian taxidermy is considered an extremely complex process.

Not sure what's going on here | © Froggyland
Not sure what’s going on here | © Froggyland

The collection originally consisted of 1,000 samples. A hundred years after their creation, 507 have been preserved in the biggest, and potentially strangest, collection of its kind in the world. Froggyland comprises of 21 weirdly fun exhibits where frogs are systematically arranged in everyday human situations.

Student frogs | © Froggyland
Student frogs | © Froggyland

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if frogs inhabited an entirely anthropomorphic world? Probably not. But whether it’s frogs hopping about in a blacksmith shop, circus, or school, or having their outfits customised at the tailor, the incredible attention to detail displays a meticulously skilled genius at work.

Froggyland, Ul. kralja Tomislava 5, 21000, Split, Croatia, +385 98 264 373

© Froggyland, Split
© Froggyland, Split