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Paxton Gate

Mission District
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Address: 824 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110-1737
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+1 415-824-1872

The city's smallest and most unusual retail shop.

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For the bizzare and unusual

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... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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.

Thank MarinaCacic23
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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 of plants ... especially succulents.

1 Thank Samira J
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 May 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

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 for my own home.

Thank CAOrsini
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2015 via mobile

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

Thank Angellocks84
Northern California
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310 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
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 oddities throughout the store. Younger children might find some of the items a bit too... More 

Thank happy4travel
Frederick, Maryland
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591 reviews
252 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 305 helpful votes
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, I now know what a terrarium (glass container used for growing and displaying plants) is.... More 

Thank NeoWasHere
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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
Kansas City, Missouri
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63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 you buy something from here and intend on taking it back home, like me, make... More 

1 Thank Jeff B
Houston, Texas
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168 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2014

This novelty gift shop is absolutely wonderful! There are a lot of intelligent type kid gifts and many quirky items for kids or adults. I could have stayed there for a couple of hours looking at this perfectly curated shop. I wanted to buy everything!

Thank kugali
Brisbane, Australia
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949 reviews
655 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 622 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2014

I've not seen a store like Paxton Gate before, what a fascinating collection of natural science objects (Taxidermy, fossils, skulls), home decor, interesting books, plants and a small landscaped garden out the back to give you ideas what you can create in a small space. I loved the atmosphere in the store, lots of excited people of all ages exploring... More 

Thank kpiddy

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