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Last Modified: September 12, 2008Touchstone Wildlife and Art Museum

The art of taxidermy consists of preserving and mounting the skins of dead animals in such a manner as to present them with a lifelike appearance. One of the purposes of taxidermy is to create realistic scenes of animals in their natural habitats for future study when those animals and habitats may no longer exist. Founded in 1981, the Touchstone Wildlife and Art Museum includes more than 1,000 mounted animals from around the world displayed in natural habitats with hand painted backgrounds. The museum also features displays of American Indian artifacts and various memorabilia from the Civil War, World War I and World War II. Visitors can watch the staff paint and prepare dioramas that are not yet finished and shop for shell critters, shark jaws and other wildlife-oriented souvenirs in the museumís gift shop. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, parking is free and admission is $2.50 for adults. Children who are 5 years old or less are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.


The Touchstone Wildlife and Art Museum is located at 3386 Highway 80 East in Haughton, and their contact phone number is (318) 949-2323.