and it’s right here in Florida.
Back in January, I came across a news blip about a skeleton museum coming to Orlando. The news came as part of a promotion for a new Orlando tourist attraction of magnificent scale…The Eye. I’m going to be honest, the whole giant ferris wheel with air conditioned pods thing didn’t do much to spark my interest. Even though I was amped that something as cool as a skeleton museum was arriving nearby, I was skeptical about it living up to my expectations. Orlando is flashy, with each business trying to catch the eye of anyone willing to spend money. International Drive is particularly “eye-grabby”. I’m not a tourist, I usually have a game plan for being there, and I still am overwhelmed just walking down the strip. So, I figured the museum could potentially adopt some sort of cheesy, flashy gimmick rather than showcasing bones. What I can say about it now that I’ve been is that it’s the most interesting thing in all of Orlando AND it exceeded my expectations.
Skeletons Unveiled wasn’t a room with a few resin skeleton. It was jam packed with over 400 specimens, all beautifully displayed. Visually, it was impressive. All of the skeletons were painstakingly placed in active positions, giving the feeling that they were still alive. This museum had just about everything from domestic animals to exotic, animals from the tropics to the arctic…and the majority of them were real! For those curious about the HOW of the place, there was a video on the process of getting a skeleton to display point. There was even a small tank where I was able to watch beetles clean skulls. What may have been the best part of the experience was the staff. Each person I spoke to was knowledgeable and interested in speaking about the subject, which is not something I expected.
My premonitions for the eye may have been spot on, but I’d say Skeletons Unveiled is a definite must-do while in the area.