With art institutions closed around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, house-bound museum staffers are finding all sorts of ways to showcase their exhibits to people online. One of the initiatives that really stand out is the #CuratorBattle on Twitter.

Organized by the Yorkshire Museum, the weekly challenge asks museums to share images of their possessions, trying to find out who has the best ones. So far, each 'competition' had a particular theme. Like, the best bum. Or the creepiest object. However, the #CuratorBattle has reached its grand finale and this time, there are no limits. Museums are giving it their best shots. Continue scrolling and check out their most-prized star objects.

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Calvin Klein 1.0

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What began as a novel way for the Yorkshire Museum to engage audiences online has quickly transformed into an international movement. But it's slowly coming to an end. For Now. "Many museums in the UK at least are starting to reopen and we thought it would be perfect to end while the the battles were still really popular," Lee Clark, the communications manager for the York Museums Trust, told Bored Panda.

Clark said the theme was chosen to give museums the chance to promote their star objects to potential visitors who will then hopefully come and see the real thing. "It was a great way to finish the series and saw entries from all over the world."

The Yorkshire Museum is thinking about bringing the battles back in the future in some form or other, and at different times of year, say for example a Christmas Battle or Halloween.

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Janine B.
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7 months ago

Impressive and sad story.

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The staff at the museum consider the Curator Battle a huge success. "More than 5.4 million people have seen one of our Curator Battle tweets, with more than 1.5 million engagements. We saw coverage on CNN, Washing Post, Guardian UK and other media around the world."

The staff at the museum consider the Curator Battle a huge success. "More than 5.4 million people have seen one of our Curator Battle tweets, with more than 1.5 million engagements. We saw coverage on CNN, Washing Post, Guardian UK and other media around the world."

It was 'The Creepiest' that remains the most popular battle and has made the series a global phenomenon. "'Best Bum' was second with some incredible coverage around the world. We knew it would be a fun and interesting thing to try but the extent of the popularity has been fantastic for us and we hope for other museums," Clark said. "We would like to thank all of the museums who joined in, as the battles would be nothing without all the brilliant entries submitted. It has been so much fun learning about other museums' collections and we have felt a real sense of community being created, something we hope we can build on in the future."

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Rabbit Carrot
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7 months ago

Beautiful

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The pandemic, however, remains an an incredibly difficult time for museums. York Museums Trust lost £1.5 million (nearly $2 million) in income in the four months they have been closed and they are expecting the impact of the pandemic to be felt for a long time to come. 

If you have enjoyed the curator battles, it would be fantastic if you could make a donation to the Trust, if you are in a position to do so.

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David Jeu
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7 months ago

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Meh in Mexico City they have a foot ball from the mayas. At least 500 years older.

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chi-wei shen
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7 months ago

I've seen a Gutenberg bible once. It's not just a printed book. All the ornaments and the initial letters are hand drawn. Even back in the 15th century they were very expansive and for sure not intended for the average household.

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Rose the Cook
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7 months ago

Oh, woe is me.

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Miss Cris
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7 months ago

Cheating!

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Katrin P.
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7 months ago

That is so beautiful and the glass is so clear!

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Electric Ed
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7 months ago

The older my knitted socks get, the more comfortable they feel. But I usually get a new pair a bit before they look like this.

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Miss Cris
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7 months ago

Money was cuter before than now!!! 😍

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alwaysMispelled
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7 months ago

Looks like he was holding something when he died?

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Janine B.
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7 months ago

And it was sewn by ladies that usually produced female underwear.

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Bill
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7 months ago

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BLM wants to destroy these and all churches. Said by Shaun King. BLM spokesperson and Bernie campaign head. They want to destroy all churches

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TUSHAR SINGH
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7 months ago

They were rich

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Iván Galarraga
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7 months ago

Hehe, looks like a holodeck simulation

Rob Chapman
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7 months ago

Is Moriarty there serving Dr Pulaski tea & crumpets

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Rabbit Carrot
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7 months ago (edited)

Love this place, it has some real shops you can go in and buy stuff from (a Victorian sweet shop that sells sugar mice etc and a grocers you can get tea in).

Kady Maree Mcgrath
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7 months ago

I wAnt to go there

Parmeisan
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7 months ago

We did a live-action role-play one weekend in a street much like this one. Firefly/Serenity setting, if I recall correctly. Close to 100 people playing and they allowed us to go into the buildings and it was really, really cool.

Demongrrrrl
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7 months ago

I'm SOOO jealous!

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KT
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7 months ago

I've seen this in person! it was really cool

Elizabeth Molloy
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7 months ago

Went there as a teen. I thought I'd dreamt it until a couple of years ago.

MAL_Winchester
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7 months ago

Reminds me of the Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum. A lovely exhibit!

Susan Westmoreland
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7 months ago

We had this in Columbus ohio at COSI. My favorite place to go as a kid and wished I could have been transported back in time!

Donna Fellows
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7 months ago

Yes! The Streets of Yesteryear were made of cobblestone at the Old COSI on Broad Street before they moved to The old Central HS on the river. We spent many a nights with Girl Scouts sleep overs there. My favorite by far was the old coal mine ride in the basement. Wish they would have moved that to the new location too.

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I H
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7 months ago

Is this just a battle between British museums?? If this is cool you should definitely check out this one in Denmark: https://www.dengamleby.dk/en/den-gamle-by

SoozeeQ
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7 months ago

Thanks @IH, this looks amazing. Would love to go there, if I ever visit Denmark. In Australia, we have Sovereign Hill, which is the gold-rush era of the 1850s. https://sovereignhill.com.au/

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Viv Hart
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6 months ago

Fascinating street, was here in 1980.

Mildred Thompson
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7 months ago

Also, what is a holodeck simulation?

starhunter64
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6 months ago

for shame, get your treky on man,

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Mildred Thompson
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7 months ago

When was it opened?

elfin
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7 months ago

Nice, but I hope you haven't reproduced the waste disposal system.

Ayra
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7 months ago

There's something similar in Open air museum Kommern in Germany https://wir-rheinlaender.lvr.de/ausstellung/

Jane W.
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7 months ago

It's amazing how charming those streets can be without a single green plant anywhere!

Jewell Martin
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7 months ago

So this street is not even dirty when Yorkshire Museum is open. Not gray, grey, or greige.

Mumof1
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7 months ago

Visited this many times - it' really atmospheric and feels very real

Rebecca McManus
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7 months ago

The sweetshop there was amazing in the 80s

Gemma Lees
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7 months ago (edited)

I have a really stupid photo that my Mam took of me, grinning my head off next to that wooden soldier statue. In true 90s fashion, I have "The Rachel" hair cut, complete with bleached blonde fringe and two tendrils either side of my face, (rest of my hair was brunette), and Felix The Cat fitted T-Shirt from TopShop and hot pants on.

Vaida Kuodytė
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7 months ago

But is it as cool as Diagon Alley? ;D

Tamiko
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7 months ago

I miss Castle Museum, was originally going to visit for my birthday in May, thanks lockdown.

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Iggy
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7 months ago

It's definitely swanky!

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Fabrice
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7 months ago

"Les Hasards heureux de l'escarpolette"

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White Wolf
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7 months ago

You win.

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Janine B.
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7 months ago

Wow! They were huge!

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Miss Cris
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7 months ago

I like the moustache on the helmet

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Lora Beth
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7 months ago

Thats how we have LISTERINE mouthwash today 💖

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ADHORTATOR
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7 months ago

That's a large brim

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Iggy
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7 months ago

They are fascinating!

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7 months ago

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He he he Lizzie,you can't be that old !!?

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JessG
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7 months ago

Beautiful

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Rabbit Carrot
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7 months ago

Love Orrery’s. We have one. Not as old as that though.

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Scagsy
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7 months ago

Looks a touch uncomfortable though, doesn't it?

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Iggy
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7 months ago

Fancy!

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Rabbit Carrot
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7 months ago

Doesn’t look very comfortable to walk on. Not sure I’d want a floor made of bones either. That’s some Jeff Dahmer s*** right there lol.

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Janine B.
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7 months ago

Poor little guys...

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