The Wunderkammer or as it is called in English the Cabinet of Curiosities was the 16th century forerunner of the modern museum. European kings and princes would send emissaries to the far flung reaches of the known world to bring back strange, exotic and rare objects, which were installed in a dedicated room in the palace for the rulers enjoyment.
In this tradition, MoB has cast a net over South-East Queensland to gather together a collection of rare and wondrous artefacts and objects. Drawing on the collections of Brisbanes Living Heritage Network, this cabinet of curiosities will be an interactive experience where visitors can get up close to explore the intriguing contents of the wunderkammer for themselves!
Among the fascinating stories revealed are figures important to our history such as Sir Thomas Brisbane, Lady Diamantina Bowen and the well-known Mayne family. Other objects explore more contemporary aspects of our history including World War II and the infamous Whisky Au Go Go firebombing. Visitors will discover stories that may shock, delight and illuminate little known aspects of our city.
What is Brisbanes Living Heritage Network?
Brisbanes Living Heritage Network is an alliance of 80 historic sites, heritage organisations and museums engaged in the preservation and interpretation of Brisbanes history and cultural heritage.
The Network aims to raise awareness of the cultural significance of the heritage sector and its valuable contribution to the City of Brisbane, by encouraging visitation and providing information for the Brisbane public and visitors, about Brisbanes heritage.