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CLOSET OF CURIOSITIES: YOUR WONDERLAND WARDROBE

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Left to right: Alice from Red Bubble; cabinet from Make Your Mark; Veronica Shirtwaist dress in Birds of a Feather

 

Divas, I know when we go deep into our closets in search of our favorite pieces, we never really expect to find hidden worlds. Today you won’t need to stumble into a rabbit hole to find a wonderland–we will take you there! So slip into your new favorite Birds of a Feather piece, accessorize, and stare deep into the looking glass: things are about to get curiouser and curiouser. Get ready to believe at least six impossible things after breakfast (always start an adventure off with a good breakfast!) when you take your wonderland style on a tour of these strange and mysterious locations.

 

Left to right: San Diego Applique Cloche; Table setting from Celebrate & Decorate

 

The Pharmacy Museum

New Orleans, LA

 

The location of our Birds of a Feather photo shoot is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in New Orleans’ Vieux Carre Historic District, The Pharmacy Museum is full of wonders and oddities. Open Tuesday to Saturday, this museum is an oasis of heavy wooden cabinets showcasing its extensive collection of antique medicines. Stop by to study up on tinctures, marvel at invention, and learn and the rich history of pharmacy and healthcare in Louisiana.

VISIT
514 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm
Guided tours at 1 pm Tuesday to Friday
$5.00/adults, $4.00/students & seniors, & Free/children under six
http://www.pharmacymuseum.org/

Left to Right: Cabinet from Ghost City; Postcard from Venue Viking; Re-Mix Winfield Booties 

 

 

 

Tiny Doors ATL

Atlanta, GA

 

If you’re wandering the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, pay close attention: you might encounter a small surprise! Spread across Atlanta, these curiously bitty doors will make you feel like Alice after eating a certain enchanted snack! These tiny doors are part of a constantly evolving, interactive art project. Free to visit and accessible to people of all ages, these lovingly crafted installations are a whimsical way to celebrate the streetscape of this bustling metropolis. You could walk past these mini doorways for months and never see them! Pay attention, divas: things are not always what they seem…

VISIT
All around Atlanta
Free!
https://tinydoorsatl.com

Doors: Brenna Beech; Classic Hardware Cuckoo Clock Necklace

 

 

Abita Mystery House

Abita Springs, LA

 

Also known as the UCM Museum, the Mystery House is a roadside attraction featuring a folk art environment with thousands of found objects and strange homemade inventions. Inside what seems to be an abandoned gas station you’ll find an animated display of a tiny Southern town, antique penny slot machines, taxidermy, memorabilia, and “pure junk.” Check out the Gatorlope, the Bassigator, “Darrel,” and other strange creatures when you come to learn about, shall we say, the alternative zoology featured in this museum. The courtyard even houses an airstream trailer caught in a collision with a UFO. 

VISIT
22275 Hwy 36
Abita Springs, LA 70420
Open 10-5 daily
$3 admission
http://www.abitamysteryhouse.com/

Clockwise: Photograph by Scott Pelegrin; Sweet Romance Skull Earrings; Photograph from Dinosaur Pirate

 

New Orleans Tattoo Museum & Studio

New Orleans, LA

 

A one-of-a-kind experience for lovers of all things retro and alternative, the New Orleans Tattoo Museum & Studio was founded to preserve and promote the history of tattooing in New Orleans through research and education. Through creative documentation that builds knowledge and appreciation, this museum archives tattooing traditions from all over the world. Stop in to have a look around–we guarantee sightings of swallows, pin-up girls, and other tattoo staples!

VISIT
1915 1/2 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd,
New Orleans, LA 70113

Open Tuesday – Saturday:  1 – 7pm & Monday by Appt.
http://www.nolatattoomuseum.com/

Photos from New Orleans Tattoo Museum; Classic Hardware Swallow Necklace

 

 

Mütter Museum

Philadelphia, PA

 

A must-visit for all science-minded divas (and the former workplace of our very own star photographer, Sandy), the Mütter Museum displays beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting. Featuring the Soap Lady, the tallest skeleton on display in North America, a plaster cast and conjoined liver of “Siamese twins” Chang & Eng, and slivers of Einstein’s brain, this cabinet of curiosities explores the mysteries and beauty of the human body. Show off your skull and pose for a perfectly curious photo-op amidst the strange specimens in the  Mütter Museum!

VISIT
19 S 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Open Daily 10-5
$18 admission
http://muttermuseum.org/

Left to right: Inner museum from Cemetery Travel; Cabinet from Mütter Museum; Sweet Romance Skull Teardrop Necklace; Exhibit from New York Times

 

Andalusia

Milledgeville, GA

 

For literary divas, the house and farm of Flannery O’Connor offers the chance to walk in the footsteps of a Southern Gothic legend! Expert guides will provide you a short introduction, then let you explore the grounds on your own. Check out Flannery’s mid-century farmhouse, featuring antique furniture and vintage kitchen accessories, and sign your name on the typewriter guestbook. Though there are sadly no longer peacocks living on the grounds, Flannery was an avid lover of peafowl, letting them run wild on the property. Listen for other wild birds when you stroll the lovely pond trail in your retro-best and imagine yourself in another decade.

VISIT
2628 N Columbia St,
Milledgeville, GA 31061
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
$10 suggested donation
http://www.andalusiafarm.org/

Clockwise: Guestbook from Book Fifty; Rosita Bonita Peach Branch Necklace; Flannery O’Connor with Peacocks from The Paris Review; Re-Mix Winfield Booties; Flannery O’Connor and Bookcase from Andalusia

 

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Los Angeles, CA

 

One of the most curious locations on the west coast, the Museum of Jurassic Technology is difficult to explain and transformative to visit. This museum, housed in the former home of museum founders David and Diana Wilson, is home to a host of strange and uncanny objects. Marvel at a tiny trailer park, explore art created in the eyes of needles, and wander all the way up to the rooftop garden where you can take tea with a giant hound. In the style of 16th Century Cabinet of Curiosities with a pseudo-scientific twist that calls to mind both Nikolai Tesla and Victor Frankenstein, this “museum about museums” is bewildering, enchanting, and totally unmissable.

VISIT
9341 Venice Boulevard,
Culver City, CA 90232
Thursday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
$8 admission
http://www.mjt.org/

Left to right: MJT Exhibit from Smithsonian Magazine; museum entrance from Cultural Studies: Visual Culture, Perception, and Realism

 

Well divas, I hope this post has inspired you to find a little bit of wonder in your world. You know what they say: birds of a feather adventure together!

 

xo xo,

Diva Stacey

Left to right: Tiny Door by Brenna Beech; Bird Cameo Brooch