The Latest Bizarre Museum: Sex Toys and Human Waste
A London museum that opened to the public on Wednesday, November 12 contains an odd collection of ancient sex toys and human waste, including those belonging to celebrities like Amy Winehouse.
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History in the Hackney neighborhood, contains items as Picasso prints, taxidermy animals, ancient Chinese sex toys, 19th century babies preserved in formaldehyde and McDonald’s Happy Meal toys.
It is operated by The Last Tuesday Society, an 18,000-member group Wynd calls a “social organism.”
Wynd, who told the Guardian he wants to get “the whole world” into the museum, said the collection also includes the urine of actor Russell Crowe, which was a “gift,” and excrement he attributes to pop star Kylie Minogue and late singer Amy Winehouse. And yes, he earns money, as he told The Daily Beast.
“I charge five pounds ($7.90) for a sniff. The museum will present an incoherent vision of the world, displayed through wonder, enclosed within a tiny space. No attempt is made at classification and comprehensiveness; instead the museum focuses on the pre enlightenment origins of the museum as wunderkabinett, a mirror to a world so suffused with miracles and beauty that any attempt at categorization is bound to fail.”
“The main idea of the museum is to cheer people up.”