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Arnold's Cannibal Museum

Hörby, Sweden

A former hen house turned curiosity cabinet displays one man's lifelong fascination with cannibalism. 


Arnold Wernersson’s fascination with cannibals began at an early age. Stories on the radio about humans eating the flesh and organs of other humans grabbed his attention, and became the reason he would dedicate his life to traveling.

As of today he has been to over 150 countries around the world, collecting cannibalism artifacts and stories along the way. On his farm outside the village of Önneköp in Skåne in south of Sweden, Wernersson has dedicated what was previously a hen house to his cabinet of curiosities.

Here you can find weapons used by cannibals, a telephone catalogue from Albania, a shrunken human head, a splinter from Joseph Stalin’s birthplace, Libyan perfume in a urine bladder from a dromedary and all other things imaginable.

Wernersson has met tribes all around the world, from the jungles in Africa and South America to the islands of the South Pacific. Some of these tribes practice cannibalism, often for ritual purposes. Wernersson has many stories to tell, some so wild it’s hard to tell what’s true.

Know Before You Go

From Önneköp drive in the direction of Huaröd. Turn right after a kilometer on the road marked with the yellow stone. You will now arrive at the farm where the museum can be found. Make sure to call and book a tour in advance. The phone number can be found at Arnold's Cannibal Museum's homepage (look under "För besök" at the bottom of the page). Make sure to agree on a price beforehand, Arnold can suggest pretty "generous" contributions afterwards otherwise.

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