Cabinet of curiosity 

Cabinets of Curiosity were the forerunners of museums. They were the personal collections of wealthy owners and were assembled to evoke a sense of curiosity and wonder. In their own way they offered means to categorise and understand the world. They eventually developed into museums as we know them today.

Among the items on display there is a narwhal horn, at one time thought to have been a unicorn horn; Roman and Egyptian objects, many of which would have been familiar from classical writings; finds from Latin America as well as natural curiosities, much of which would have been unfamiliar to people of the sixteenth century.