Cabinet of Curiosities


We partnered with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art to develop an interactive Cabinet of Curiosities, installed in the newly renovated galleries of the Morgan Memorial Building. Four interactive touchscreens allow visitors to explore over one hundred objects, appreciate their details, and collect those of interest. They then create their own curiosity cabinets by arranging objects, paintings, and other artifacts within a room of wonders space and email their creation to a friend. Based on their arrangement, the activity pairs the visitor with a historic persona, such as a Prince or Naturalist, revealing information about the historical context of curiosity cabinets.

The activity is fully integrated with the central display cabinet at the center of the gallery and enables visitors to gain a deeper appreciation for the history of the Cabinet of Art and Curiosities and its underlying concept as the microcosm of the universe.

First image above: Cabinet of Art and Curiosities at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. Photo by Allen Phillips. 


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Cabinet of Curiosities