Wunder Of Wunders!
Raise your hand if you don’t know what a Wunderkammer is. Also known as “cabinets of curiosities,” these intriguing collections of quirky objects appeared in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and included all kinds of strange items falling into at least one of the following categories: precious artworks ( artificialia), rare phenomena of nature ( naturalia), scientific instruments ( scientifica), exotic items ( exotica), or inexplicable things ( mirabilia). Collector Thomas Olbricht, founder of the me Collectors Room (p. 48), has spent years gathering the most unique (and sometimes creepy) little objects, and his Wunderkammer is now one of the most important of its kind. Gaze at miniature skeletons, the tusk of a narwhal presented as the remains of a unicorn, a chalice depicting Brazilian cannibals, or the preserved specimen of a Nile crocodile.