Since its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Yorkshire Museum in England has launched a weekly #curatorbattle on social media to challenge others to showcase their objects related to a particular theme. A couple of days ago, the museum posted a picture of a hair bun from the burial of a Roman woman in the third or fourth century, kicking off a new competition. This time, curators from all over were asked to share their most sinister possessions. And they delivered.

From a chilling plague mask and haunting dolls to a painted whale eardrum and beyond, museums have been responding to the #CuratorBattle with their #CreepiestObject and it's what horror movies are made about. Continue scrolling and get your share of nightmare fuel!

Image credits: YorkshireMuseum

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NatSciNMS Report

Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

Ariel before makeup.

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"The curator battle has been gradually building as more and more museums and the general public look at our Twitter feed every Friday to see what theme we're going to pitch," Millicent Carroll, digital engagement officer for the York Museums Trust, told Bored Panda in a statement.

"Last week's 'Best Egg' had replies from the Hermitage in Russia and the American Museum of National History, but the creepiest object has taken it to another level!"

Replies have come from the German History Museum, Oshawa Museum in Ontario, Canada, the New York Historical Society, and America's first museum - the Charleston Museum. It has also been popular in the UK, with museums such as the Imperial War Museum, Bank of England Museum, curators from the National History Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, and many Yorkshire museums getting involved.

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YoyoSthlm
Community Member
5 months ago

If you turn it to the right it looks like a surprised cow! :)

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Carroll said it is great for museums to be able to still share their collections with the public when their doors are closed.

The pandemic hasn't been kind to these establishments. For example, the York Museum Trust, a charity which runs several of York's museums, including the Yorkshire Museum, was forced to close all of them due to the coronavirus. "We have lost 70% of our income, as most of it comes from visitor admissions," Lee Clark, communications manager for the trust, added.

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Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
5 months ago

His last words were "Tell me, after my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures." Trust me, he was creepier when he was alive.

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"Social media is one of the few ways we can still engage with audiences so we have been working really hard to come up with innovative and interesting ideas to get people talking and learning about objects in our care," Clark explained.

And it looks like the staff is doing one heck of a good job. Their creepy object tweet has had nearly 10K likes and 4K retweets, gaining the Yorkshire Museum 2.6K followers over the weekend alone.

York Museums Trust has also created Museums From Home, a page on their website dedicated to ways people can get involved with its collections, buildings and stories while they're closed.Also, if you want to support the organization and all the wonderful things they're doing, consider donating through their website.

Also, if you want to support the organization and all the wonderful things they're doing, consider donating through their website.

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PEIMuseum Report

Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

Spoiler: the person on the right was never seen again.

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

Nope, nope, no!

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

Someone had a whole lot of fun putting this one together. I wonder how old it is and why it was made. To prove the existence of mermaids or to frighten the wits out of the kids after dinner?

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Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

"We come in peace"

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Captain Awesome
Community Member
5 months ago

Slipknot jnr

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Mark
Community Member
5 months ago

Thats what inbreeding does for you ;)

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EA
Community Member
5 months ago

That is horrible :(

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Mary McDonald
Community Member
5 months ago

Now THAT's a Diorama!

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

Can you imagine tripping over that thing on a dark and stormy night? I'd go 0 to 100 km/h faster than a Ferrari.

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Orionpax75
Community Member
5 months ago

The "Real" Annabelle... I'd throw this thing deep in an abyss somewhere and never look back!

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Mojones
Community Member
5 months ago

Getting some strong "Meet the Feebles" vibes here

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Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
5 months ago

Scold's bridle... see this https://www.hevercastle.co.uk/news/castle-objects-month-february-scolds-bridles/

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Jon S.
Community Member
5 months ago

Some kind of momento mori?

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Mary McDonald
Community Member
5 months ago

Who the heck is Glory?

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mummy pig
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah, really cute!

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glowworm2
Community Member
5 months ago

This one actually isn't so bad. She has a very sweet face.

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Magpie
Community Member
5 months ago

This was fine, until I saw the snake.

kitty_player 03
Community Member
5 months ago

good eyesight!

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Giovanni SANCHEZ
Community Member
5 months ago

Halloween candy bowl holder

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
5 months ago

Hope you like candy - you're gonna have lots left over!

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
5 months ago

I would 100% hang that in my bathroom.

glowworm2
Community Member
5 months ago

Me too. This thing is epic!

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Craptavaganza
Community Member
5 months ago

I want it!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

Can you hand me the towel, dear?

Grace Galan
Community Member
5 months ago

Omg I love you

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LazyPanda
Community Member
5 months ago

No thank you

Ruth Rodriguez
Community Member
5 months ago

A towel holder for the Adams Family.

Wolfstar
Community Member
5 months ago

The snake on the bones...Are you sure this wasn’t a decoration in Malfoy Manner?

Annamarie Dodge
Community Member
5 months ago

i dont think i would want to come upon this in the middle of the night in the bathroom with the lights off when i am half asleep

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
5 months ago

Just a little something to remind you of your impeding death as you dry your hands

BiLal Asif
Community Member
5 months ago

I would happily own this

LM Jones
Community Member
5 months ago

I would decorate around this.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

I think it looks friendly. I NEED to go outside,

Wilma Sliwiak
Community Member
5 months ago

Not in MY bathroom!!

Emily Kay Bennett
Community Member
5 months ago

that's actually cewl

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
5 months ago

showing the importance of washing ones hands.

WhatsUpKittyCat? (I wuv dogs too)
Community Member
5 months ago

What now?

Paul Chang
Community Member
5 months ago

You gotta be creepy with a big bathroom

Aileen Cann
Community Member
5 months ago

No thanks

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
5 months ago

OK, that's damn creepy!!!

3ke
Community Member
5 months ago

Her sadness goes down to the bone

Jacquie Gariano
Community Member
5 months ago

OMG..I don't want any towel she held

ispeak catanese
Community Member
5 months ago

It's very well done, but still don't want!

SoozeeQ
Community Member
5 months ago

Think this new "decorating trend" will take off?

Michele Davis
Community Member
5 months ago

So, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder!? Maybe that Vampire of Düsseldorf ‘s eye?

Enamelcamel
Community Member
5 months ago

I was NOT fine ... LONG before I saw the snake...

pebs
Community Member
5 months ago

Very cheering....

Just me
Community Member
5 months ago

Hell no... Never.. Ever

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

I actually like this one, for bringing the completely unexpected to something as hopelessly mundane as a pincushion. Anyone up for a pincushion challenge?

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Cori
Community Member
5 months ago

The upraised, wagging finger is what pushed me iver the edge. **shudders**

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

Glad I am alive now.

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Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

"for breaking evil spells, and for good luck, do NOT own this."

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Jackie Burnham
Community Member
5 months ago

I've seen much worse ones. Don't google

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JessG
Community Member
5 months ago

Why a ting of hazelnuts I wonder?

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Jackson Bowen
Community Member
5 months ago

"Oh, dum dee dum, what a great day of whale hunting! I wonder what I should do with this earlobe I cut off of it? Oh, I have an idea! Let's paint a super cool, not creepy, face on it!"

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
5 months ago

Ha! Another one! Was it all the rage to present proof that mermaids are real? A Victorian pastime?

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Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
5 months ago

The head being detached from the body does not help...

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I'm.in.wonderland
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

wait but where did the gambler get the bone?

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