A Once-in-a-Lifetime Festival of Science, Music, and Celestial Wonder. August 19–21, 2017 in Eastern Oregon.
Newly Added Places
Most Popular Places
Add a Place
Newly Added Places
View All Places »
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Into the Woods
Whale Bone of Arco della Costa
Yucca Valley, California
Bob's Crystal Cave
DESTINATIONS IN THE ATLAS
BROWSE STORIES BY
Most Recent Stories
View All Stories »
Found: A Prehistoric Stone Fish Trap
This Floating Forest Is the Only Legal Place to Forage for Food in New York City
How a Secret Criminal Language Emerged From the Underworld
Take an Audio Tour of Chicago’s Fine Arts Building
Sponsored by Red Bull
View All Events »
Real/Fake Science: An Interactive Experiment Salon
The Chicago Way to Die
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Secrets of Miramont Castle
Where We Travel
View All Trips »
Hidden Venice with a Psycho-Mambo Twist
Jul 10–Jul 16, 2017
Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night
Sep 08–Sep 14, 2017
Festivals and Mountaintop Temples of Bhutan
Sep 28–Oct 06, 2017
Day of the Dead in the Yucatán
Oct 28–Nov 03, 2017
Objects of Intrigue
What's near me?
147 Items Tagged
Objects Of Intrigue
This Beautiful Art Nouveau Telescope Can Be Yours
Got a spare $125,000?
October 04, 2016
These Autograph Albums Are Filled With Ghostly Inkblots
Can you decipher the signatures within these splattered, ambigious shapes?
September 20, 2016
The First Ever Stethoscope Was a Simple Wooden Tube
Happy 200th birthday, respiratory instrument!
September 06, 2016
One of the 100 Desks in the U.S. Senate Chamber is Full of Candy
A certain Republican has a sweet secret.
August 30, 2016
Joining the Caterpillar Club is as Easy as Escaping a Fiery Plane
A golden bug worn on the lapel could indicate a life of adventure.
August 23, 2016
The Battle Over Net Neutrality Started With the 1920s-Era 'Hush-A-Phone'
How an early telephone silencer took on AT&T.
August 16, 2016
When Ancient Romans Had Their Clothes Stolen, They Responded With Curse Tablets
The gods shall punish toga thieves.
August 09, 2016
The Alarming Aesthetics of Jazz Age Perm Machines
Mix dangling wires and asbestos to achieve the perfect flapper wave.
August 02, 2016
us civil war
How a 4-Year-Old's Letter to His Father Survived the Civil War
Scribbles from home, kept safe on the battlefield.
July 26, 2016
Leonardo da Vinci Designed a Nightmare Scuba Suit
The perfect summer outfit for your dystopian marine nightmares.
July 19, 2016
The Victorian Tool for Everything From Hernias to Sex—a Vibrating Electric Belt
How a medical invention abused the electrotherapy fad.
July 12, 2016
The Man-Made Gut Stones Once Used to Thwart Assassination Attempts
Gilded Goa Stones couldn't cure poison, but they sure were beautiful.
July 05, 2016
Who Needs a Weather App When You Can Get This Weather Stick?
Swap your Apple phone for an actual branch.
June 28, 2016
'No One’s Got A Crush On Peter' and More from the Forgotten Spider-Man Rock Opera
It was 1975 and the world needed a superhero's prog-rock anthems.
June 21, 2016
The Secret Messages Hiding Inside 17th Century Engagement Rings
They make the modern diamond ring look rather boring.
June 14, 2016
These Eerie Bronze Hands Were Tokens of a Mysterious Ancient Cult
The Hand of Sabazius is one of the last artifacts of this lost religion.
June 07, 2016
Paperclip Cottage Cafe
A cozy cafe tells the remarkable story of how one man started with a little red paperclip and wound up with an entire house.
Added by lewblank
objects of intrigue
In the 16th Century, the Best Office Decor was a Tiny Rotting Corpse
Miniature memento moris were all the rage for around 300 years.
May 31, 2016
Questions or Feedback?
Add Some Wonder to Your Inbox
Every weekday we compile our most wondrous stories and deliver them straight to you.
We'd Like You to Like Us
Like Atlas Obscura and get our latest and greatest stories in your Facebook feed.
Like Us on Facebook