#61: Monastery Museum

This is part of our 100 Things in 2015 challenge. Here’s the full list.

Tucked away on the outskirts of Mount Angel, there’s a Benedictine monastery. It’s been there for 130 years, has survived several fires and calamities, and the grounds and buildings are beautiful.

But that’s not why we came. This is.

In the basement, behind an unmarked entrance, is a free-and-publicly-viewable museum, full of curiosities and oddities that the monks have gathered over a century of monking. Their crown jewel is the world’s largest pig hairball. I kind of wish I were making this up.

Stop in if you’re in the area. We dare you.

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