Wonering about Wunderkammers?

The blog’s title “Wunderkammers” is inspired by the German term for “wonder rooms,” a cabinet of curiosities or antiquities which predated museums.

Would you like to do an item-level inventory of this natural history collection? 


An early engraving of a natural history collection. (Naples, 1599)
Source: Wiki Commons

If you’re interested in exploring the lore behind cabinets of wonder, do a quick internet search and check out their history before diving into Lawrence Weschler’s delightful and provoking text Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders –  http://www.randomhouse.com/book/188935/mr-wilsons-cabinet-of-wonder-by-lawrence-weschler

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2 thoughts on “Wonering about Wunderkammers?

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Personally, I am a fan of the alligator-like creature on the ceiling. If you ever go to Oxford, visit the Pitt Rivers Museum. It is one giant cabinet of wonder. http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/

  2. samantha says:

    I’ll add the Pitt Rivers Museum to my list! : ) The first museum I worked with is often considered a “cabinet of curiosities” – so much fun. A friend recently shared this timely article with me, which I found pretty interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/18/arts/design/rooms-of-wonder-at-the-grolier-club.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

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