Other cabinets of curiosities
have a 'Wonder Room' full of curiosities and puzzles. See Guardian report (May 2011) here
Horsham Museum used to have a cabinet of curiosities to display some of their collection
and to use as a focus for their work with local schools.
display also included "the strange,
the magical and the inexplicable"
- a unicorn horn, a five-legged pig and a mummified cat....
The museum is at 9 Causeway, Horsham, RH12
1HE Tel: 01403 254959
Sir John Soane's Museum
If you imagine a cabinet of curiosities
expanded to take over a whole house and then the houses next door
- you would have Sir John Soane's houses in Lincoln's Inn Fields.
He eventually built a facade across all three houses and opened them as a museum.
The houses combine a kind of gothic
sensibility for unusual and 'awkward' spaces,
with Sir John's preference for classical ornamentation and sculpture.
The museum has a web-site at http://www.soane.org/
More pictures of cabinets and early museums
A cabinet made by Philip Hainhoffer and
presented to King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in 1632.
The cabinet contained a mixture of artificial and natural wonders not only in its contents,
but also in the construction of the cabinet itself, as this close-up reveals:
Sir Ashton Lever's museum, London (after Sarah Stone 1760-1844) -
Some children viewing a cabinet -