Berlin, Germany

Museum of Unheard of Things

A wunderkammer of everyday objects hiding an untold story. 

Berlin seems to be fascinated with the examination of “things.” The Museum der Dinge, a collection of everyday items devoted to modern object design, and the Design Panoptikum, a surreal museum of extraordinary industrial objects, are a couple examples. This beloved curio collection of “Unheard of Things” is further proof.

The Museum of Unheard of Things is a wunderkammer of artistic, scientific, and technical objects from everyday life over the years. The objects in the collection are all arranged by their weight, and plastered all over the museum walls. The items themselves are not the entirely the point, though—what’s really on display is the remarkable but overlooked or untold—and unheard—stories behind them.

Each seemingly simple object tells a story or has a legend or myth surrounding it. The mystery of petrified potatoes, the story behind the fur of a Bonsai deer or the cow-pie worshipping community, or how sacramental wine lost its red color are just some of the things you can learn in this unique exhibition. Located in an East Germany factory building, the museum is curated by artist Roland Albrecht, who also has a book by the same name. The idea behind both is to encourage people to pause and reassess their world view, to think about the bigger story behind the everyday things we take for granted. 

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