Huge ostrich joins walrus penis bone as Museum of Curiosity prepares to open in Soho

By Culture24 Reporter | 05 November 2012
A photo of a tall stuffed pink ostrich outside the door of an urban art gallery
An ostrich dating from 1785 has arrived at the Museum of Curiosity© Heather McCalden
A two-metre tall stuffed ostrich from 18th century northern Italy, an intricately-carved walrus penis bone and cutting-edge street art will be among the highlights in a new museum aiming to “disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.”

A photo of a man in a hoodie moving a tall stuffed ostrich into the doors of a gallery
© Heather McCalden
The Museum of Curiosity will open a vault of taxidermy, animal skeletons and vintage prosthesis in Soho this Saturday. Transcripts of nightmares from across the world will also feature in Dream Reliquary, by the American artist Swoon.

“Weird s*** is just cool,” says Mike Snelle, the creator of the display.

“Many museums seem to function primarily as archivists, recording the achievements and discoveries of past civilisations or cataloguing the natural world.

“The Museum of Curiosity hopes instead to be a living museum, a source of future discoveries, and to do this by celebrating and inspiring the wonder which causes them.”


More pictures:

A photo of a man holding the neck of a stuffed ostrich outside the doors of a gallery
© Heather McCalden
A photo of a group of people crowding around a stuffed ostrich on a city street
© Heather McCalden
A photo of a group of people moving a stuffed ostrich into an urban art gallery
© Heather McCalden
A photo of a group of people moving a stuffed ostrich on a plinth on an urban street
© Heather McCalden
A photo of a group of people looking at a stuffed ostrich on a plinth inside a gallery
© Heather McCalden

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