The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
curiosity museum in Hackney, London
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English The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History is a museum and bar in Hackney, situated in a former call centre on Mare Street in the London Borough of Hackney. It is operated by Viktor Wynd and part of The Last Tuesday Society and was funded on Kickstarter in 2015.The museum collection includes classic curiosities such as hairballs, two headed lambs and Fiji mermaids, its art collection spans several centuries including the largest collection of work by Austin Osman Spare on public display and what is reputed to be the country's largest collection of work by the Anglo-Mexican surrealist Leonora Carrington. The museum's natural history collection includes dodo bones and extinct bird feathers, as well as much taxidermy and the skeleton of a giant anteater. It has a section dedicated to the Dandy, including Sebastian Horsley's nails from his crucifixion and drawings and archive material to do with Stephen Tennant, a collection of human remains including shrunken heads, Tribal Skulls, dead babies in bottles and parts of pickled prostitutes, tribal art collected in The Congo and New Guinea by the proprietor, fossils, and scientific and medical instruments. It also displays celebrity faecal matter, erotica and condoms used by the Rolling Stones. The contents of the museum are insured for £1 million. The museum is generally open to the public but is occasionally hired out for private events.The Museum holds regular exhibitions of artists including Alasdair Gray, Mervyn Peake, Gunter Grass, Robin Ironside and English Surrealists.
English Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities
A macabre museum modelled on a 17th-century cabinet of curiosities. The museum has no particular theme connecting its exhibits, which are seemingly the most unusual and unnerving objects the owner could find: taxidermy, skulls (human or otherwise), bizarre photographs, strange sex manuals, idols from faraway lands, and similarly eccentric oddities. Upstairs is a bar (free entry) with an emphasis on cocktails and absinthe, and the museum itself is down a gilded spiral staircase beside the counter. The owner has an excellent collection of Leonora Carrington paintings. The space is small, so try to come when it's not too busy (avoid Saturdays). Children are only allowed before 7PM.
Italian Museo delle curiosità Viktor Wynd (Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities)
Macabro museo, galleria e negozio ispirato ad un gabinetto delle curiosità del XVII secolo. È il posto dove andare se si vuole acquistare tassidermia, scheletri, teschi di ogni sorta o stranezze varie. Al piano superiore si trova un bar con ingresso gratuito e il museo si trova seguendo una scala a chiocciola dietro la cassa. Il proprietario possiede una collezione di quadri di Leonora Carrington. Ai bambini è permesso l'ingresso solo fino alle 17:00.