PLYMOUTH, N.C. (WNCT) – “We go for the wow! I want people to come and go wow,” said Beth Price with God’s Creation Wildlife Museum.
Wow is certainly a reaction to one of Plymouth’s more unique museums.
“They say I can’t believe I’m in North Carolina,” added Price. “That’s the other good thing I like hear. I want to take them away.”
For a trip that’s out of this world, or at least around the world, stop in to the one and only God’s Creation Wildlife Museum.
“I’ve been hunting all my life and I saw the opportunity to create a public venue where we could educate people about the variety and magnificence of God’s creation,” said Tom Harrison, who owns the museum.
The fruit of Harrison’s hunts and travels are now prominently on display.
“In 2001, we purchased this building and renovated it into office space upstairs,” said Harrison.
“Mr Harrison’s youngest daughter, Rebecca, she came up with the idea,” recalled Price. “She said dad, why don’t you put some of your mounts downstairs so people can come look at them.”
“This is our safari tent,” said Harrison. “I have it set up like a safari camp in Africa.”
“As you can tell, he likes to go around,” joked Price. “I always say he’s the perfect boss. He’s never here.”
“We’ve got animals from Africa to Alaska and points in between,” added Harrison.
“Thank goodness nobody moves because if they did, I’d be in trouble,” exclaimed Price.
The museum has been such a success that they’ve actually opened a second wing. Bearology is all about the world’s largest black bears, which happen to live right here in Eastern North Carolina.
“I thought it was important to do the black bear museum because of the educational aspect,” said Harrison. “We’ve got the highest black bear density in the world on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula.”
“We do have a world record black bear in there that was killed by Mr. Harrison’s then thirteen year old daughter,” said Price. “And it’s a world record for female youth. That’s a pretty good draw, and he’s pretty a impressive mount. He stands full hind, and he’s kind of giving you a high five.”
A high five is far from the only thing Harrison hopes people take away from here.
“I hope that when people leave here that they’ve got a greater appreciation for God’s creation for the variety of wildlife,” said Harrison.
“Even (for) people that aren’t into hunting and people that aren’t really a fan of taxidermy and this kind of thing, there’s a lot of different diversity here, and it’s educational. It’s neat. It’s fun,” added Price.
This museum may be just the walk on the wild side you’ve been looking for. You can find it in downtown Plymouth at 111 W. Water Street, and it is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.