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Paxton Gate Taxidermy class

I’ve always enjoyed going to Paxton Gate in Portland and San Fransico for fun, gift and books so I... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2018
Santa Cruz, California
One of My Favorite Shops in San Francisco

I can't seem to stay out of Paxton Gate for more than a few days at a time. As a resident of the... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
Michael A
San Francisco, California
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The city's smallest and most unusual retail shop.
824 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1737
Mission Dolores
+1 415-824-1872
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Reviewed 19 November 2018

I’ve always enjoyed going to Paxton Gate in Portland and San Fransico for fun, gift and books so I thought that if I was going to take a taxidermy class Where else would I go? My husband is an artist and he’d always wanted to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

I can't seem to stay out of Paxton Gate for more than a few days at a time. As a resident of the Mission District, I pass this shop on Valencia St. almost everyday, and it's like a tug of war to keep walking instead...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Michael A
Reviewed 28 November 2016

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 items for unusual people in your life. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

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 The Mission. But it's not all oddities, there's also a lovely collections...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

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 and inspires me for hours. And I always come away with unique gifts and treasures...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed 26 November 2015 via mobile

What a delightful, unusual, vaguely unsettling collection! I could spend hours browsing and admiring the curiosities for sale.

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Angellocks84
Reviewed 23 November 2015

Where do you start at this incredible, weird, freaky, awesome, scary, garden shop, gift store that's really, really odd and very cool?! Start from the moment you walk in, that's where! You can literally spend hours in Paxton Gate and still not see all the...More

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank happy4travel
Reviewed 11 July 2015

Since I was visiting the pirate supply store next door, I continued my window shopping escapade into this nature store as it caught my eye. This is truly a unique destination. There are items in here I never saw or heard of before. For instance,...More

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank NeoWasHere
Reviewed 24 November 2014 via mobile

A sure fix for the queer at heart. This store's got everything from taxidermied animals, bones, fossils, steampunk stuff, eccentric jewelry/paraphernalia, and the rarest plants/cacti/air bromeliads.

Thank Cielo B
Reviewed 19 October 2014

This is one of the weirdest shops in San Francisco (that I've visited), and what makes it cool is the fact that it's a cross between a nature/garden store and a gift shop. There is some weird stuff in here and very well crafted. If...More

Date of experience: October 2014
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