What were cabinets of curiosities?

What is a cabinet of curiosities? -
The cabinet of curiosities was an invention of the 16th century and the Italian Renaissance.

Unique collections -
These objects were acquired through long journeys and organized expeditions to distant lands. 

Exhibiting the bizarre -
Larger cabinets were open to visitors who could purchase a catalogue after parting with a modest entrance fee and tour the room. 

A world of imagination -
Cabinets were not meant to be scientific—they were a place of the imagination.

The collector's cabinet -
Every object displayed in a cabinet said something about the collector. 

Green Vault -
Known as the Grünes Gewölbe, this museum located in Dresden, Germany, is one of the oldest in the world, founded in 1723.

Museum of Cultural History -
A Wunderkammer exists in the Museum of Cultural History in Zittau, a city in the German state of Saxony. 

Pavilhão Chinês -
Lisbon's fabulous Pavilhão Chinês is a tea shop designed as a historic cabinet of curiosities. 

Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities -
The collection at London's Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History include a two-headed lamb.

Pitt Rivers Museum -
The University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum houses the private collection of the 19th-century.

Ambras Castle -
Ambras Castle in Innsbruck, Austria, houses the only Renaissance Kunstkammer of its kind to have been preserved at its original location.

Kunstkamera -
The Kunstkamera is a cabinet of curiosities located in the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Museo Poldi Pezzoli -
Milan's Museo Poldi Pezzoli is named after the 19th-century Italian nobleman Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli.

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