Portland's Strange Places #3: Freaky Buttrue Pecularium & Museum
So there are several odd things about every city. Old, creepy stories, legends and haunts. Portland is no exception and thus our series on "Portland's Strange Places" continues here with installment #3. This time around I am focusing on a truly wild store called the Freaky Buttrue Pecularium and Museum. Tucked away on NW Thurman St. in PDX (2234 NW Thurman to be exact), one must visit this bastion of oddities to truly appreciate it. I'll do my level best here, though, to provide a taste (pun-intended, see below) and (hopefully) ample provocation.
Direct from the Freaky Buttrue Pecularium website, here is what they say about this crazy destination's genesis:
Eat Bugs, Get a Club Membership?
So viewing strange things is one thing, but how about tasting them? Yes, the Freaky Buttrue Pecularium prides itself of its offering of "light snacks" on-site. But wait, these snacks are not popcorn and candy...they are insects. Yes, your read that right. Begun in 2011, a club called Insectatarian was formed and is thriving to this day. The basic angle here is "come eat bugs, join our club." Depending on how hungry you are, well, this may just be a non-starter. And yet, Portland is a food-adventurous city... Personally, I've eaten a chocolate-covered ant...and it was quite good. Beyond that? nothing. Perhaps some chili powder crickets at the Pecularium are in order?
Here are some important details to help you plan your visit to Portland's oddest store/museum:
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Every Day - Summer Hours Only. Check back for Fall/Winter hours updates.
Entry Fee: $5 per person. That said, a decent costume will get you in for free.
Directions: Given the great nature of this writing, I had to share the official directions from the Pecularium.com website. Here goes:
Check back soon for the next installment of Portland's Strange Places...