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Paxton Gate, San Francisco

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#34 of 41 in Shopping in San Francisco
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  • This place is for the unusual and bizarre. Looking for a raccoon penis bone? perhaps a bat skeleton? books on curiosities? making potions? This is the place for you. Highly unusual and interesting ite...  more »
  • It's weird, unnerving, bizarre ... and completely fabulous. From taxidermy items, big and small, from mice to moose, to skulls and bones, and framed insect specimens, Paxton Gate is a true treasure in...  more »
  • Paxton Gate provides a unique and inspiring shopping experience for any lover of botany and biology. (And those of us with off-the-wall decorating tastes.) This museum/floral shop holds my interest an...  more »
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  • So many beautiful flowers, bones and trinkets! I love this store, great for browsing many unique items. It's my favorite place to buy smaller houseplants. I've purchase numerous air plants, a maidenhair fern, and a few succulents, all of which have been very healthy. Staff has always been super helpful, walking me through care instructions.
  • Curiouser and curiouser! If you're looking for a unique gift, new air plants or just a shop that will make your kids say 'wow'! Then Paxton Gate is a place to try. They have a wide selection of taxidermy, posters, jewellery and more to style your home, or gift that person who has everything. It really is a great store which you could easily lose an hour. It's a lovely bright space and they even have classes for you to attend if you want to learn curious skills.
  • Coolest collection of dead stuff I've ever seen! From dressed up nice to fossils to butterflies...a must visit once kind of place!
  • The store is like a natural history museum crossed with a garden shoppe. Magical wonders here aplenty. Awesome plant selection, great books, jewelry, etc.
  • Wall down the ramp and be greeted with an eclectic mix of indie and experimental music, scented candles and taxidermy creatures. Skulls of various animals watch you as you make your way past scientific reading such as "How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack", while rays of sunlight dance around the hanging plants and skylights. All in all, a very interesting and highly recommended experience!

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