2nd Floor





Cabinet of Curiosities

May 27, 2017 – March 3, 2018

What is a cabinet of curiosities?  The term “cabinet” originally described a room rather than a piece of furniture. These rooms, formally started in the sixteenth century, held large collections of unique objects. They served to demonstrate a person’s wealth and power, as well as provide entertainment for people to experience the strange and different.  Some collections served a more scholarly function and were used as teaching and research tools.

This exhibit is a throwback to the early cabinet of curiosities. Highlighted are some of the Museum’s collection objects that have never been seen before, some unique, some a little odd, and some common items that look a little different today.  






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