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.
- 12,060 VOTES
Nailed It (National Army Museum)
- 21,748 VOTES
No One Has Ever Pulled This Leg (York Art Gallery)
- 31,271 VOTES
What Does The Fox Say? (Museum Of Witchcraft)
- 41,242 VOTES
They're Not Here For The Candy (Red Lake Regional Heritage Center)
- 51,445 VOTES
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/7MrPcaZqdh
- 61,039 VOTES
Well, How Else Do You Get Rid Of Witches? (Pitt Rivers Museum)