It is a date that will live in infamy: April 17, 2020. Depending on your tastes, this is the day that the Yorkshire Museum's Twitter issued either the coolest or most unforgivable challenge in social media history: asking other museums to show off the creepiest objects in their collections.
What followed was a curator battle for the ages, a race to discover which of humanity's many repositories of art, antiquaries, and mummified cats could lay claim to the world's creepiest exhibit. Even the tamest of these exhibits is enough to inspire creepy museum ghost stories, so be warned - there's some freaky stuff down below.
Nailed It (National Army Museum)Creepy?
No One Has Ever Pulled This Leg (York Art Gallery)Creepy?
What Does The Fox Say? (Museum Of Witchcraft)
The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall has plenty of weird, wonderful and creepy objects! This is a taxidermy fox with a wax death mask!#CreepiestObject #CURATORBATTLE pic.twitter.com/hIiP83rXhY— Kenn (@Kenn30574599) April 21, 2020Creepy?
This Little Fella Definitely Isn't Hiding Under Your Bed (Natural Sciences NMS)
Many museums have one but they usually look more like our other ‘mermaid’...— Natural Sciences NMS (@NatSciNMS) April 18, 2020
We have a little more information about this one: The posterior half was formed from a Pacific wrasse, & the head/thorax were sculpted, with fish jaw inserted in the mouth. #CreepiestObject pic.twitter.com/7MrPcaZqdhCreepy?