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  • Two of the most famously described 17th century cabinets were those of Ole Worm, known as Olaus Wormius (1588–1654) (illustration, above right), and Athanasius Kircher (1602–1680). These seventeenth-century cabinets were filled with […]

    Cabinets of Curiosities

    Two of the most famously described 17th century cabinets were those of Ole Worm, known as Olaus Wormius (1588–1654) (illustration, above right), and Athanasius Kircher (1602–1680). These seventeenth-century cabinets were filled with […]

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  • In 1799 the government purchased the collection of the surgeon and anatomist John Hunter (1728-1793). It was placed in the care of the Company (later the Royal College) of Surgeons. […]

    The Hunterian Museum

    In 1799 the government purchased the collection of the surgeon and anatomist John Hunter (1728-1793). It was placed in the care of the Company (later the Royal College) of Surgeons. […]

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  • Dr Joseph Kahn’s Anatomical and Pathological Museum was the 19th century’s best-known and most visited public museum of anatomy. Established in England in 1851, at the height of popular interest […]

    Dr Kahn’s Museum: obscene anatomy in Victorian London

    Dr Joseph Kahn’s Anatomical and Pathological Museum was the 19th century’s best-known and most visited public museum of anatomy. Established in England in 1851, at the height of popular interest […]

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  • The Holophusikon (or Holophusicon, also known as the Leverian Museum) was a museum of natural curiosities exhibited at Leicester House, on Leicester Square in London, England, from 1775 to 1786 by Ashton Lever. The collection was acquired by […]

    Holophusikon

    The Holophusikon (or Holophusicon, also known as the Leverian Museum) was a museum of natural curiosities exhibited at Leicester House, on Leicester Square in London, England, from 1775 to 1786 by Ashton Lever. The collection was acquired by […]

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