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The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
Ranked #23 of 1 318 Nightlife in London
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Owner description: The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History was described in The Fortean Times as having "the most wonderful collection of strange objects ever assembled under one roof, the modern equivalent of some 17th century kunstkammer, a collection of objects assembled at a whim on the basis of their aesthetic or historical appeal with little to link one wonder to another and no attempt at explanation" displaying true wonders of nature, curiosity and art such as Dodo Bones, Shrunken Heads, Skeletons, Taxidermy, Two headed Lambs, Dead Things in Bottles, Erotica, Occult Paintings & Objects, Old Master Etchings, Modern British Art, Dandies, Sea Shells, Monsters and more. It is the lifelong project of the artist and writer Viktor Wynd and the subject of a monograph published by Prestel - Viktor Wynd's Cabinet of Wonders. The Museum also contains one of London's Lushest, most Fabulous Cocktail Bars and host weekly lectures and workshops
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we visited, the place was rather quiet: there was only one table occupied. We enjoyed a drink and some nibbles first (I got the Coconut Freak served in a cool Tiki cup). My friend was all about the metal straws. We shared the Charcuterie Board and some Chocolate Covered Superworms; I treated myself to an Armour Tail Scorpion (just tasted of gin). The chap behind the bar was friendly and attentive.

The word ‘unique’ is an understatement for this museum, with an extraordinary and otherwise inexplicable variety of artefacts, from taxidermy to celebrity poo. At £6, it’s certainly worth a visit. It is indeed like Ripley’s, but far less expensive (and mainstream).

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

We went to Viktor Wynd's under the impression it was more like a Ridley's museum, but cooler. We were very surprised when we walked in and the top floor is a bar. They only have a few tables. IT was a Saturday night and everything was reserved but they must have had a cancellation because we were able to sit for a little while.

Their drink menu is just as cool and strange. Absinthe, a drink with a scorion, and a whole score of other interesting libations.

You sit in small tables in rooms painted black. Stuffed animal heads, skeletons, and naughty drawings line the walls. You won't be bored for a moment there.

The museum is down a narrow spiral staircase (there is a small fee). I will admit the museum frightened me. It's really heavy stuff. Human bones, mutated animals, human hair, feces, pornographic drawings. It was all really heavy and none of us felt great when we left. Definitely a buzz kill. But still, have a visit.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I absolutely love this place. It is so weird and wonderful and there is actually a drawing of a tombstone with my family name on it . It might not sound such a wow thing to anyone else, but my family name is not English, it's Slavic and it was a surprise seeing it in a tiny little museum in the middle of London.
There are so many different things around that I do not know where to start, from fortune telling mole and a little doctor love bird to tiny pixies having a picnic on a massive crab and a human hand that looked way too real for comfort and I am still not sure it was not an actual hand.
I have visited the museum twice, both times with friends and the second time we used the 2 for 1 voucher on cocktails. I tried the absinthe ones and they were really amazing, strong but not burning, just perfect.

The prices, however, are a bit higher (at the bar, the museum itself is 5 pounds per person) but I would definitely give it a visit if you like random items that are not deemed "socially acceptable" everywhere

Thank taarna_tarakian
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V_Wynd, Owner at The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

yes that human hand is real

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

What an absolute gem of a place. It's small but stuffed to the rafters with fascinating stuff. It's £6 to get in, £6 in London! You get a fabulous guide book included in the price and it's a cocktail bar. The absinthe experience is not to be missed. The staff are lovely. Not for the easily offended, but what a fantastic place.

Thank 360Julie
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Well, this was our 6th visit. my boys (9 & 11) loved it and really enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones - especially Moltar! who was a great hit. they missed the petting zoo but liked spotting all the additions to the collection. Billy the ticket man was really friendly and the waitresses were working very hard to accommodate everyone. As it was a Saturday morning, it was very busy but the museum itself wasn't, it was just the right amount of people that you didn't feel crowded. It reminds me so much of Potters Museum, now sadly gone. We will be back sometime... who knows what awaits us?

Thank joe_barnett_69
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