The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, London review
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities is a peculiar haunt in Hackney, operated by Viktor Wynd and The Last Tuesday Society.
Before you enter this cabinet of curiosities, enjoy a tipple in the absinthe cocktail bar upstairs.
Housed in a former call centre, this quirky natural history museum is wall-to-wall with oddities and artwork. Its collection spans several centuries.
Accessible by a steep spiral staircase, you will enter the basement museum. Here, discover a two-headed lamb, dodo bones, Fiji mermaids, ‘fairies’ and a complete skeleton of a giant anteater – and plenty more!
Scattered around, tribal art, erotica, fossils and items of scientific interest line its cabinets and walls. Alongside this, extinct animal parts and taxidermy are in abundance.
So, what did we find in this museum of curiosities?
The tribal pieces were particularly fascinating. Shrunken heads, skulls, intricate artwork, dead babies in containers and lots of human remains – eek!
There are also photo opportunities with well-dressed safari and mythical taxidermy gentry.
The museum presents the largest known public collections by artist and occultist, Austin Osman Spare. It also hosts many interesting pieces by Anglo-Mexican surrealist, Leonora Carrington.
Expect the good, the bad and the damn right weird in this oh so peculiar East End London gem! You won’t want to miss it.
Have you been to The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities? Which item would freak you out the most?
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