Museum curators tweet their #CreepiestObject

Museum curators around the world have been busy sharing educational, interesting and fun content during the coronavirus pandemic, through the #MuseumAtHome hashtag on Twitter. But this weekend, several museums took to social media to share the creepiest items in their collections – #CreepiestObject.

The #CreepiestObject battle was started on Friday 17 April by Yorkshire Museum. This popular museum in York, UK, has Roman, Viking and medieval collections reflecting the history of the city, as well as a Jurrasic exhibition.

The Yorkshire Museum began the challenge with a Roman-era hair bun dating from the 3rd or 4th century, which was found in a burial site, complete with jet hairpins.

Creepiest object

The museum community was quick to pick up the challenge, with a wide range of weird, wonderful and downright scary objects appearing on the timeline.

Some of the nightmarish contributions included a pea pod shaped pincushion complete with children’s heads, a red-eyed coin-operated drinking bear and a mummified cat.

Not to mention a worrying amount of taxidermy.

Social media skills

Many museums have been turning to social media in order to connect with visitors while they are closed to the public.

The Getty Museum challenged people to recreate artworks with household items and the National Cowboy Museum went viral when it put its security guard in charge of tweeting its collection.