Warning, some scenes in the movie may be too graphic for sensitive viewers.
We have accumulated artefacts and curiosities for several years and displayed them to the public as a permanent collection. We have won a local award for being among the best museums in our area in the US for the shop and collection. We never really entertained this as a reality until early last autumn when we applied for membership as an independent museum and our ideas began to unfold. We chose to add the above video, created by Becky Robinson, as it shows us as humans and is more professional than what happens when I attempt this alone. The video explaining the museum will be added in this area later today.
We need your help, these treasures belong in archival cabinets and properly protected for us to display them safely to the public. Right now, some of the museum collection is in storage, most are without proper signage and these things deserve a better future and present. We intend to display each item as it should be, provide clear explanations of the items and their provenance.
We intend to continue to fund the growth of the collection through the sales in our retail shop and any donations that may come in. We want to honour the tradition of the old-fashioned sideshow. The kind of place that leads you through a curtain and into another time and place. Some of the exhibits will include asylum artefacts that have been rescued from destruction, whatever strange things strike our fancy, antique surgical, medical and quack medical instruments, antique embalming and mortuary related items, taxidermy, strange preservations, historical sideshow pieces, the weird and wonderful and the strange and the unusual. As always, everything we do is a mix of science, nature and our own brand of dark humour. We believe, just as an old Victorian cabinet of curiosity owner would, that the story is the most important part of every item and without sharing, that piece of history could die. Collections are for sharing and educating.
We will curate the best and oddest things from all over the world to amuse, fascinate, teach or disgust you. We want children to come in and leave excited about the world. We want adults to come in and leave fascinated and with open eyes about what exactly it looks like inside our imagination. One unique feature that our museum will have that will set us apart is a changing curated art and collector exhibit. We will have one large cabinet that will hold the display of a local ( or slightly farther afield) collector. At regular intervals, we will change this display and will invite collectors to submit their collection via a TBD process. We will curate this collection with an aim to have a new display a minimum of 4 times a year complete with a social event to unveil and celebrate it. We believe that giving collectors a chance to display their objects in a museum will give the public a new opportunity to view the things in private collections that are museum-worthy. We will keep an eye toward the future in ways that this idea can be expanded to other local people whose ethos and vision aligns with ours but create rather than collect.
Risks and challenges
The only risks we see with this project are potential delays in locating shelving or installation. The museum opening would not be delayed by an incomplete display, we would open as planned.
An estimated opening date will be given when we have reached our funding goals. Only lack of funding would cause delay and risk to the collection due to an inability to protect everything properly from the high footfall location and human contact that is inevitable.
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