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
2 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
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2 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 months ago

Nope, nope, no!

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 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
2 months ago

"We come in peace"

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Captain Awesome
Community Member
2 months ago

Slipknot jnr

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Mark
Community Member
2 months ago

Thats what inbreeding does for you ;)

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EA
Community Member
2 months ago

That is horrible :(

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Mary McDonald
Community Member
2 months ago

Now THAT's a Diorama!

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

Getting some strong "Meet the Feebles" vibes here

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Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
2 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.
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2 months ago

Some kind of momento mori?

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Mary McDonald
Community Member
2 months ago

Who the heck is Glory?

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mummy pig
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, really cute!

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glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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Magpie
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2 months ago

This was fine, until I saw the snake.

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 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
2 months ago

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

Max Han
Community Member
2 months ago

I agree, I makes me feel like it is saying, "You can't run from me!".

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Hseed
Community Member
2 months ago

Excuse me sir! Do you have one second?

Binxyminxem
Community Member
2 months ago

Visitor: Oh look a weird fish! Mermaid: "Actually, I think you'll find..."

mntryjoseph
Community Member
2 months ago

The library in my hometown had one of these. I remember they only took it out to show people on special occasions. It was half fish, and half monkey. Creepy, but then again, all taxidermy animals are creepy.

glowworm2
Community Member
2 months ago

Is it giving us the finger?

Animal lover❤
Community Member
2 months ago

Another one!

Mavi Hava
Community Member
1 month ago

Is it flicking us off?

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

I would even give that poor, ugly, little thing a hug .Probably talk to it . Yep.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks realistic !!!

Viv Hart
Community Member
2 months ago

Imagine what such a creature looked like alive, if it existed!

Joanne Hudson
Community Member
2 months ago

Its another one of those things we started out with. So they must have existed.

Lisa Earle
Community Member
2 months ago

I agree, you cannot unsee this!

Paizleypie
Community Member
2 months ago

Yet ANOTHER mermaid!?

Otaku panda
Community Member
2 months ago

It's the middle finger

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 months ago

What's with the fuzz? She's got Ich?

Eden Skidmore
Community Member
2 months ago

UMMMMMMM?!?! WEIRD NEVER GONNA GO TO DAT MUSEUM

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like Mr Burns from The Simpsons

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

I actually thing the finger and the open mouth make it look like a SERIOUSLY old and messed up teacher lecturing some kids.

Sarah Melville
Community Member
2 months ago

This is top in my book.

Emowan
Community Member
2 months ago

Donald Trump ripped off his hairstyle from this

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
2 months ago

nooooooooo thank you, no monkey demons today! and hold on, is it flipping off the photographer?

Linda Frade
Community Member
2 months ago

Why does it remind me of Homer Simpson?

Puji Widiasih
Community Member
2 months ago

there are three of them. was that a common sculpture at that period?

SpillTheTea
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s quite HAIRY. I desperately need to unsee that.

Patrick Shore
Community Member
2 months ago

''just a minute....''

Kim Shannon
Community Member
2 months ago

What is with all the fake mermaids?

Emma Langowski
Community Member
2 months ago

Tim Burton anyone?

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
2 months ago

Imagine Ariel looked like that

PandaJon
Community Member
2 months ago

Bernie? Bernie Sanders?

Grace Galan
Community Member
2 months ago

HAHAHAHAHHA

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 months ago

Glad I am alive now.

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Hans
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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Jackie Burnham
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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JessG
Community Member
2 months ago

Why a ting of hazelnuts I wonder?

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Jackson Bowen
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

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

wait but where did the gambler get the bone?

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