The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & UnNatural History, London

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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.
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  • An unsettling collection of taxidermy, oddities and outsider art. From a striking all black exterior you have no hint at what sort of establishment you’re entering. As soon as you walk in your...  more »
  • Loved it! Great bar, best selection of cocktails I've ever seen, friendly staff, dark, mysterious. Surrounded by taxidermy, skeletons of all manner of living things. Dark and mysterious...  more »
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  • Mind blowing collection of bizarre stuff and very well presented.. we spent 2 hrs there in state of amazement and awe Add to bucket list instantly.... the serve Absynth in the correct way with a waterdrip... unbelievable memorable and artistically wonderful....
  • I absolutely loved it. The staff were brilliant, friendly and helpful. We decided to have a couple of cocktails before venturing downstairs to the museum. I highly rate the cocktails. I only had one but it gave me a good kick up the arse and tasted amazing. Next, we were informed that the hedgehogs were visiting the museum. Music to my ears! Who doesn't love a hedgehog. As it turned out they weren't just any hedgehogs, they were African Pygmy Hedgehogs!! Even cuter than their larger relatives. The owners were very nice and let us hold and stroke the hoggies. Then we spent about 45 minutes looking through all the weird and wonderful artifacts that were displayed in the museum. I would tell you my favourite but I don't want to ruin the surprise for you all. If you like weird stuff and have an open mind you HAVE to visit this wonderfully quirky place.

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