29 Jun 2015

Travel: Museum of Curiosities, London

My friends and I recently visited the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities (Mare Street, London). We weren't quite sure what to expect when we arrived, and we weren't quite sure what we'd witnessed when we left. But such is the charm of this unusual little place!
Cabinets are full of wonders - from skeletons, crustaceans and mummified creatures to risque books, modified dolls and celebrity poo - this is what you'll find when you descend the narrow spiral staircase from The Last Tuesday Society cocktail bar into the realm of collector and artist Viktor Wynd. For a modest £4 entry fee visitors are free to explore the small museum at their own pace - I'd recommend going around at least twice, so much stuff is there that you're bound to have missed bits on your first trip around . . . 
Above: Cabinet contents range from books and paper goods to sex toys and skeletons!
Above: Shrunken heads, modified bones and scientific paraphernalia ... why not!
Above: Examples of art by collaborators of Viktor Wynd make for interesting viewing.
Above: From the beautiful to the bizarre - the collections have very little rhyme or reason. 
Above: Flying skeletons keep watch as you browse.
Above: Etchings, sketches and tattooed limbs...
Above: I've all-but cropped out the big red dildo from this otherwise fragile, beautifully melancholy display - but that's the kind of juxtaposition you can expect in this Museum of Curiosities!
Above: Visitors can hire out this area of the museum for intimate meals around a coffin, with a mummified merman hovering over you and a beastly skeleton watching on. This felt rather Rocky Horror!
Above: Gallery director Vadim Kosmos perches on a stall up in the bar above the museum. 
Above: Why not round-off your visit in the company of this dandy lioness? She'll happily sit quietly with you whilst you sip on delicious cocktails!

If you're a fan of Wunderkabinetts, curios and all things unusual then I would highly recommend a visit to The Last Tuesday Society. It's the sort of place you could expect to find Vince Noir and Howard Moon hanging out, were they real. As well as cocktails, bar snacks and - of course - the museum, the venue also hosts regular taxidermy classes, lectures and 'petting zoo' events. If you're lucky, you can even join a tour of the museum hosted by Viktor Wynd himself (usually on a Saturday afternoon - see the website for specifics).

With thanks to alicefangs and whitelephants for some of the images.

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