23 Museum Exhibits That Feature Single Copies of Incredible Things
According to the International Council of Museums, there are more than 55,000 museums operating in 202 countries. Many of them have ancient exhibits that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world, like a preserved shoulder of beef that’s 3,500 years old or a drawing of a 7-year-old boy who lived in Novgorod 700 years ago. You can even see 2,000-year-old Roman makeup foundation in one of these museums.
We at Bright Side found photos of several ancient exhibits that exist in one single copy. The bonus feature will show you what the skeleton of a mermaid looks like.
This is an ancient Roman doll made of colored ivory. It was found in the sarcophagus of an 8-year-old kid who lived about 1,800 years ago.
A child’s tunic with a hood that’s about 1,100 to 1,400 years old
Here’s a loaf of bread that’s partially preserved thanks to carbonization. This piece is more than 1,940 years old.
The bread was cooked in 79 CE in Herculaneum and was later buried under the ashes that appeared after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In 1930, it was re-discovered from an archaeological site. As a result of this natural disaster, Roman cities such as Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were covered with many feet of ash.
A real mask that belonged to a plague doctor in the seventeenth century
It’s made of a preserved shoulder of beef and half of a wooden box. This meat is about 3,500 years old. It was found near the entrance to a rock burial in Thebes.
Here’s another 3,500-year-old box with food that presumably contained preserved duck.
Mechanical prosthesis from the seventeenth century
An inkstand with Apollo and the Muses that was made in a workshop of the Patanazzi family in 1584.
You can look at this fabulous item in more detail here.
Miniature linen sheets that are approximately 3,500 years old
A portable, boat-shaped arched harp that’s about 3,300 to 3,400 years old
The armor of Ferdinand II, the Holy Roman Emperor, that was made in the 1600s in Italy
This drawing was made approximately 700 years ago by a 7-year-old boy named Onfim who lived in Novgorod (present-day Russia).
Pope Clement XI’s chariot was designed in a sophisticated manner (the period of the papacy, from 1700 to 1721).
This oak Viking ship was discovered in 1904 near Tønsberg in Norway. The ship was set afloat in the year 820, approximately.
Roman makeup foundation that’s almost 2,000 years old
This cream was found in 2003 during the excavation of a Roman temple located in one of the districts of London. If you look closely, you can see a fingerprint on the perfectly preserved white-cream color. By the way, the cream contained animal fat mixed with starch with some tin oxide added.
The head of Deinotherium at the Mainz Natural History Museum
A Roman glass perfume flask and a 2-part eye makeup container
Glass jars for storing essential oils that are approximately 2,000 years old
A vessel stand with ibex support made sometime around 2,600 BCE to 2,350 BCE
Stone spheres that were found in Scotland — their purpose remains unknown.
The table fountain (circa 1727-1732), Meissen Manufactory, Germany
This table fountain was intended to be used for the washing of hands, although it may have been created as much for its decorative value as for its functionality.
This funerary urn from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca was made between 500 CE and 1,000 CE.
Bonus: The Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen has a joke exhibit that contains a mermaid’s skeleton. It’s made of a human skeleton and swordfish bones.
On April 1, 2010, museum employees pranked residents and city tourists by putting this skeleton where the statue of the famous Little Mermaid used to be. At that time, the famous monument had been taken to China where it was exhibited at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
What has impressed you most out of all the museums that you’ve visited?