Virtual tourism has been under the radar for the last few months. After all, people can’t just let go off exploring and seeing the world. Albeit from home, it has remained. But museums around the world have shown in a recent trend on twitter that they have things far from beautiful.
Museums, of many other public places, remain closed for lockdown measures. And while people wait for things to go ‘normal’ virtual tourism, sort of, took flight. Museum hooping too went virtual.
In fact, Google Art and Culture, a virtual museum-visiting app, partnered with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world, including the famous Amsterdam’s Van Gough Museum and London National Gallery, to showcase a sheer variation of artworks, Fast Company reports.
Museums Around The World Unleash Their Ghoulish Collections
Whereas all these are fine, what took the things to different levels freaked many of them is the “World’s Creepiest Exhibit” challenge by the UK-based Yorkshire Museum.
On April 17th the museum shot a tweet reading “MUSEUMS ASSEMBLE! It’s time for #CURATORBATTLE!” And this kickstarted a whole new dimension of creepiness on twitter, with the world’s most ghoulish objects starting to pile up on twitter feeds with the hashtag.
MUSEUMS ASSEMBLE! It’s time for #CURATORBATTLE!
Today’s theme, chosen by you, is #CreepiestObject!
We’re kicking things off with this 3rd/4th century hair bun from the burial of a #Roman lady, still with the jet pins in place…
CAN YOU BEAT IT? pic.twitter.com/ntPiXDuM6v
— Yorkshire Museum (@YorkshireMuseum) April 17, 2020
Yorkshire Museum put a “3rd/4th century hair bun from the burial of a #Roman lady, still with the jet pins in place…” to kick things off. Look at it above.
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The National Museums Scotland responded to Yorkshire Museum’s call with a zombie-ish mermaid, snarling with rotting teeth and worn out eye holes. “Our #CreepiestObject has to be this ‘mermaid’…” the museum wrote, replying with which the Yorkshire museum wore “Okay I’m not sleeping tonight. WHAT ON EARTH IS IT”
— Natural Sciences NMS (@NatSciNMS) April 17, 2020
A professor of Contemporary Archeology at Oxford University Dan Hicks shared “Sheep’s heart stuck with pins and nails and strung on a loop of cord.”
Sheep’s heart stuck with pins and nails and strung on a loop of cord. Made in South Devon, circa 1911, “for breaking evil spells”, @Pitt_Rivers collections #CreepiestObject #CuratorBattle pic.twitter.com/z5vdCFCU4S
— Dan Hicks (@profdanhicks) April 17, 2020
The horrendous thing was made in 1911 circa, in South Devon to cast out evil spells.
If these aren’t enough to give a chill down your spine, then this will give you both goosebumps and spine chill- the MOAS Daytona Beach, the primary museum of Central Florida wrote: “We’ll just leave this here… @YorkshireMuseum” and shared the original death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte (okay, now process it).
The death mask of the leader still remains intact, made two days after the leader passed away on May 7th, 1821. And you can get a creepy-detailed look of him.
— MOAS Daytona Beach (@MOASdaytona) April 30, 2020
Japan’s Nara National Museum shared artwork of a horrible insect with a purpose. The museum describes the artwork as ” the Divine Insect (Shinchū) in a nightmare, take heart! This creature from the Extermination of Evil (Hekija-e) paintings is actually a deity who drives away the demons & spirits that cause plagues. (1/2)”
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If you encounter the Divine Insect (Shinchū) in a nightmare, take heart! This creature from the Extermination of Evil (Hekija-e) paintings is actually a deity who drives away the demons & spirits that cause plagues. (1/2)https://t.co/O3k6TNdoXd#CURATORBATTLE #CreepiestObject pic.twitter.com/aSBEyXeSJ0
— 奈良国立博物館 Nara National Museum, Japan (@narahaku_PR) April 22, 2020
The Deutsches Historisches Museum (German History Museum) kicked in with a terrifying-looking plague mask from 1650-1750.
Thanks for thinking of us @HottyCouture and wow, will we be having nightmares tonight with all these #CreepiestObject|s ! Here is the one we just can’t hide from you, one of our many creepy gems – our Plague Mask (1650/1750)! #curatorbattle pic.twitter.com/JrMjqAJSIM
— Deutsches Historisches Museum (@DHMBerlin) April 17, 2020
The York Castle Museum gave their ‘STEP ASIDE ALL ENTRY” entry with a weird Victorian era “hand-made models of figures playing cards and of gold miners hauling gold nuggets to the surface.”
STEP ASIDE ALL.
These are hand-made models of figures playing cards and of gold miners hauling gold nuggets to the surface. BUT the figures are made from crab’s legs and claws… Typical Victorians, they loved weird/creepy stuff. #CreepiestObject pic.twitter.com/A5NHiPGnVh
— York Castle Museum (@YorkCastle) April 17, 2020
There’re many other tweets that are potentially pukish in this challenge in the thread hence we decided not to highlight them here. Nonetheless, you can keep a tab here.
What do you think about this challenge and the plethora of scary stuff in museums around the world? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.