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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Hans
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 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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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Monika Soffronow
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3 months ago

Nope, nope, no!

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

"We come in peace"

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Captain Awesome
Community Member
3 months ago

Slipknot jnr

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Mark
Community Member
3 months ago

Thats what inbreeding does for you ;)

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

That is horrible :(

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Mary McDonald
Community Member
3 months ago

Now THAT's a Diorama!

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

Getting some strong "Meet the Feebles" vibes here

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Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

Some kind of momento mori?

Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

It appears to be a memento mori object... little grotesque figures made of ivory very popular with the Renaissance elite to remind them of their mortality.

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ChaiDai
Community Member
3 months ago

So that's where the song comes from "The worms go in, the worms go out..."

LM Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

My first thought, too.

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Emma Langowski
Community Member
3 months ago

Proffessor Quirrel anyone?

Jim Price
Community Member
3 months ago

The worms crawl in. The worms crawl out. The worms play pinochle on your snout...

Lou Herout
Community Member
3 months ago

Professor Quirrel!!!

Sarah Melville
Community Member
3 months ago

A cherry little item to have dangling on your car keys

glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

I actually think this one is really cool!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 months ago

The craftsmanship is exquisite, but why and what for? Is it a memento mori ('remember that you must die')? Christian imagery, I suppose.

DYspLay ARt
Community Member
2 months ago

he looks so sad.>>

Ruth Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

What the heck is this?

Susan L. Miller
Community Member
3 months ago

Definitely two faced!

Naomi Cline
Community Member
3 months ago

A creepy key chain?

Devin Loving
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Rosary beads I believe, left is a Janus Double-Face. Seen similar before.

Michele Davis
Community Member
3 months ago

WTF is it?

Magpie
Community Member
3 months ago

What ??? Well i dont' need to sleep tonight anyway.

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Mary McDonald
Community Member
3 months ago

Who the heck is Glory?

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mummy pig
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, really cute!

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glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Magpie
Community Member
3 months ago

This was fine, until I saw the snake.

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

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

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 months ago

Glad I am alive now.

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Jackie Burnham
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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JessG
Community Member
3 months ago

Why a ting of hazelnuts I wonder?

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Jackson Bowen
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

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

wait but where did the gambler get the bone?

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