Cabinet of Curiosities

An eclectic assortment of curious objects

Cabinets of Curiosities were personal collections of natural and man-made objects displayed in a single cabinet.

It was a fashion that reached its peak in the 17th Century, but something that is returning in modern times as uncategorised virtual or travelling physical exhibits, sometimes crowd sourced and changing. The original cabinets of curiosities were the personal and often idiosyncratic collections of wealthy owners, and their main function was to provoke a sense of curiosity and wonder in the viewer. Our Cabinet of Curiosities is a collection of curious things that we came across in museums, and a few things we've found in mineral shows. There isn't a learning objective, they're just interesting.

About this collection

The Cabinet of Curiosities is a random collection of natural and man-made objects. Many thanks to our colleague Richard Weston who gave us the idea.