Last supper scallop and modern collection drawer

cabinet - C.Iburg

C.Iburg

Museums have their roots in the human desire to collect and study objects from the world around them. The early “Cabinets of Curiosity” used to hold the beautiful, the weird and costliest items their owner could afford, but today’s museums’ collections look very different indeed.

An earlier shell collector would value this carved scallop shell, but our museum collects mollusc specimens as indicators of the place and time where they lived, and needs as much of the original characteristics of the specimen as possible to be available for scientific study.

carved scallop shell - C.Iburg

C.Iburg

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