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Cabinet of Curiosities

April 11, 2012

The Cabinet of curiosities was by far my favorite in the British museum. It’s one of those places that you wish you could touch everything and look through all the books.

In 1757, King George II gave a copy of every book published in the country to the museum so that the library would expand indefinitely. It was then first opened to scholars as a reading room in 1759. In the room now are natural history, books and manuscripts as well as thousands of plays. It also contains random ancient relics including everything from, Greek vases to Ivory skulls.

Nautilus shell

Skulls carved from Ivory- the largest skull was almost 3 inches high.

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