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Off-Beat Seattle: Trolls, Rockets And A RUBBER CHICKEN MUSEUM!

It has to be said that Seattle isn’t my favourite city – which is why it may come as a surprise that I am writing a THIRD blog post about it (though with a title like that, I’m sure you can understand why). One thing I do really like about Seattle is its neighbourhoods – after falling in love with the trendy Capitol Hill, I was looking forward to checking out another hip neighbourhood with lots of quirky sites: Fremont.

Fremont, Seattle, USA

We didn’t have a lot of time, being that it was the last day of our road trip, but I knew there were at least three things that I needed to see:

  • The Fremont troll (I was tempted to re-enact the scene from 10 Things I Hate About You, just to match the intro scene from Kerry Park)
  • Hedges shaped like dinosaurs
  • …a rubber chicken museum. A museum. Dedicated to rubber chickens.

And so behold – one of my most ridiculous blog posts to date!

One thing I immediately liked about Fremont (apart from the fact we finally managed to park for free) is how detached it felt from the city. It feels like its own community – beautiful little houses and quirky cafรฉs abound, set on the water (and a hill).

It was also kinda weird.

I mean, apart from the above – there’s a ROCKET. A rocket attached to a building.

Fremont rocket, Seattle, USA

Somebody had taken the liberty of writing that this is the HQ for Space Force, and there was also an entire section on a sign about the rocket, talking about a “premature erection”. *titter*

And look at some of these places!

The dinosaur hedges were fun, although weirdly hard to photograph. They are set in a lovely little park by the water, and it seemed like a really nice place to take kids. That’s about when it really felt like we were just in a small town instead of a major city.

Dinosaur hedge, Fremont, Seattle, USA

Nothing quite sums up the community feel more than this, though:

Hat, Fremont, Seattle, USA

Really one of the loveliest things I’ve seen!

And, of course, we took a wander by the troll. It really is bizarre, and I still don’t quite get it, but it’s there and it’s weirdly famous. When in Fremont…

Fremont troll, Seattle, USA
Complete with a REAL car

But I know what you’re all here for – if you’re anything like me (uhh, probably not), then you wanna know all about this rubber chicken place!

The funniest thing is, it’s not ACTUALLY a museum. It’s a shop, which is totally excellent in itself by the way, with the back wall lined with cabinets full of rubber chickens and equally hilarious anecdotes.

Archie McPhee, Seattle, USA

So welcome to Archie McPhee; home to the rubber chicken museum, the Wallingford beast, a giant pink poodle, and MANY other absolutely insane wares. If you’re into weird stuff, or just want to celebrate the humble hero of comedic genius, this place is 1000000000% worth a visit if you’re in Seattle!

Rubber chicken museum, Seattle, USA

Rubber chicken museum, Seattle, USA

Rubber chicken museum, Seattle, USA

Rubber chicken museum, Seattle, USA

The pinnacle of rubber chickens. THE PINNACLE OF RUBBER CHICKENS. It’s so exciting that I’m going to leave that entirely up to your imagination and show you these knock offs instead.

Rubber chicken museum, Seattle, USA
“Just look at it. Look at it. Pathetic.”

I feel like if I post photos of everything, it might be seen as detracting visitors, but 95% of you aren’t logistically going to go anyway. The way I see it, if you wanna go to a rubber chicken museum, you are GOING to go to a rubber chicken museum even if you’ve read this post. Or especially if you’ve read this post. Plus, it’s all frickin’ chicken hilarious!!!

Rubber chicken museum, Seattle, USA
They’re not wrong – my photo of the smallest rubber chicken in the world is crap!

My favourite piece in the museum, which I’m pretty sure had me in tears:

Rubber chicken museum, Seattle, USA

Anyway, our adventure wasn’t over yet: there was still an entire STORE to explore!!!

Of course I couldn’t resist getting a photo with the LARGEST rubber chicken in the world!! That’s right – they have the smallest rubber chicken in the world, the second smallest rubber chicken in the world, AND the largest rubber chicken in the world!! I don’t know what more you could want, ladies and gentlemen.

This is almost as ridiculous as the time I stood next to a whale penis. Similar size, too.

The whole store was full of absolutely pointless crap, and I wanted to buy it all.

The Wallingford Beast, Archie McPhee, Seattle, USA

In the end, we left with several rubber chicken Christmas ornaments, and a rubber chicken car air freshener!

We also managed to take a trip back to Capitol Hill to FINALLY try out the Highline bar! This had been on my list since my first visit in May – it’s a vegan food place, but it’s also a rock bar. I had been planning to come here with my vegan friend, but when we turned up, there was some industrial rock festival going on and it was $30 to get in. We took a wander down the road instead, and stumbled across a great looking little pirate-y bar, Captain Blacks.

129 Bar, Capitol Hill, Seattle, USA

Ash and I found ourselves in both places. We started off with a drink in the pirate bar, and got some food at Highline bar – it was great food, and they had a bunch of rock-themed cocktails too! It was a very different atmosphere to last time – there was virtually no one there, and no ear-crushing metal playing. I would like to have seen it a bit livelier, but it was fine.

FYI – I had the “pig destroyer”, which is possibly the most anti-vegan sounding name they could possibly have come up with!

I think it’s safe to say that where downtown Seattle failed to capture my heart, its neighbourhoods have won me over. We took a final little wander around Capitol Hill at night, though I couldn’t remember where anything had been that I’d seen during the day last time. Instead, we stumbled across more weird things like this Donnie Darko suit leering at us from a shop window!!

I can’t think of a more apt way to end our American road trip, to be honest! I am all about finding crazy, weird, wonderful, quirky things, and I think we rather hit the nail on the head with this one, especially squeezing it in (much like you would with a rubber chicken) on our very last day. After three visits, I think my time in Seattle is probably over. But I’ll tell you what – for a city that didn’t quite catch me like others have, Seattle has given me some fantastic memories!

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20 thoughts on “Off-Beat Seattle: Trolls, Rockets And A RUBBER CHICKEN MUSEUM!

  1. Love love LOVE this this Clazz! You are so good at seeking out the quirky and crazy travel destinations!!

    I feel like I might have to visit Fremont (if I can ever drag myself away from the epic-sounding hikes near Seattle!!)

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  2. Love this post! And I did not know that there was so much history and diversity behind the rubber chickens of the world. And those are only the ones you’ve told us about, who knows what else the museum has!

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  3. Well, I’m definitely going to the rubber chicken museum whenever I make it to Seattle! This place looks ridiculously awesome โ€“ย although I imagine there are a few nights of rubber-chicken-themed dreams afterwards..!

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  4. I don’t know if I’m more amazed that this place exists or that it’s close to where I live and I’d never heard about it before. Truly the funniest museum ever. It just reminds me of Fozzie bear from the muppets and his rubber chickens

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  5. I LOVE your writing style! I can kind of see why the dinosaur hedges would be hard to get a good photo of, even though you captured a great one! Thank you for finding and doing a post on this rubber chicken museum, it has brought so much joy to my Friday evening! I know the haunted chicken was supposed to be funny, but is it weird that part of me is legitimately scared that it’s going to show up in my apartment on this cold, rainy, night?? I can so see this becoming a nightmare later tonight LOL LOL. Thank you for making my day so bright with this read!

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