"Oceanomania" : The biggest collection of marine world curiosities

  • Cabinet of Curiosities "Oceanomania" by Mark Dion Cabinet of Curiosities "Oceanomania" by Mark Dion
  • Klingert’s diving equipment, shown in the curiosity exhibition room Klingert’s diving equipment, shown in the curiosity exhibition room
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Whoever said curiosity was a bad thing? Thanks to the artist Mark Dion, who designed and built a monumental exhibition room for the Museum of Oceanography, our rarest objects are revealed to you in spectacular fashion.

It was after having scoured the 9th underground floor of the Sea Temple and going through the aquarium to the rarely visited parts, that Mark Dion envisioned the creation of the largest exhibition room of sealife curiosities . With a surface area of 180 m2, 18 metres wide and 10 metres high, it brings together part of our collection and occupies an entire wall on the first floor.

Behind the exhibition glass and centenary library furniture is a collection of skeletons and fossils, models, diving equipment and precious books, all arranged in an orderly fashion. Nature is represented on the left, with culture and human intervention on the right. Amongst the major parts of this exhibit are a naturalised white bear originating from the west coast of Greenland, and Klingert’s diving gear used in 1797, which allowed its inventor to remain at a depth of 12 metres for several minutes.

Presented to the public during the ‘Oceanomania’ exposition in 2011, the ‘Curiosity Cabinet’ has been perennially installed within the museum. It bears witness to the successful alliance of art and science in this Palace founded by Prince Albert I.
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  • Le Cabinet de Curiosités Collection Hello, We are glad to read that you love our museum and stay in touch with Twitter. Actually you're right we are working on a mobile application helping discover all our collection. So stay tuned ;)
    Tuesday 27th September 2016 at 10:20
  • Le Cabinet de Curiosités Collection Bon Jour, I visited the museum last August with my family and we just loved it. I'm now following you on twitter, which gives me a chance to stay in touch! I'm also wondering if there's an online collections database. Or if one's in progress. Would love to view. Merci, R Great Falls, Virginia, US
    Monday 26th September 2016 at 21:30
  • Superb , in every way
    Saturday 28th May 2016 at 23:18
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