The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History

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  • Art and design
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Oskar Proctor
Oskar Proctor
Oskar Proctor
Oskar Proctor
Oskar Proctor

Situated between Vyner Street and the Andrews Road gallery enclave, this Mare Street curiosity shop is both on the art circuit and determinedly off any beaten track. Peek through the windows and you’ll see a world in which velvet-cloaked Victorians, or perhaps The Mighty Boosh, might reside. Entering the shop, which is also the spiritual home of the esoterically minded Last Tuesday Society, reveals a wunderkammer of shells, skulls, taxidermy specimens and assorted oddities. Art gets a designated space in the first-floor gallery but, unsurprisingly, shows tend towards the eerily surreal.

Venue name: The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
Address: 11 Mare St
E8 4RP
Opening hours: Wed-Fri noon-10.30pm; Sat, Sun 10am-10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
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Neil K

I live close by and have watched this place grow from humble origins to what it is now yet it still feels like it's been here forever, which is also what you'd assume on a first time visit. In terms of what it sets out to be, an old style curiosity shop you couldn't get a more authentic experience, it is most certainly the real deal. Everything you have heard about it is undoubtedly true and the newly installed upstairs bar only adds to the experience for a post gawp glug. Can't recommend it enough to the sort of people who like this sort of thing it's gold dust!

stephen h

This is as friendly a place for a drink and a chat as you'll find anywhere. The host, Victor himself, creates the atmosphere and the members/customers keep this going. The museum is strange, bizarre even, particularly after a drink or two! The range of special events is interesting. It's not a huge space so be sure to get in early for the events. The area it's in is also interesting.

Victoria Z

Truly a unique experience, nothing says oddities like the namesake - i adore this little corner of the abnormal :)

John T

A one-of-a-kind museum, artistic hub and testament that the strange and bizarre is a fascinating place to visit.

Diane G

The most extraordinary place in London. As an artist, I have spent many hours downstairs drawing from the vast eclectic collection of ephemera. The cocktails are delicious too. If you haven't been, what are you waiting for?


So happy that this is my local bar - every third Friday night you can experience live animals downstairs in the Museum of Curiosities (including live lizards, a snake, a millipede and a tarantula)