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Weird collections on display at the Museum of Vancouver

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Lauren Sundstrom Jun 09, 2016 7:30 am

Fake eyeballs, pinball machines, vintage artificial limbs: these are just a few of the off-beat collections you can expect to find at the Museum of Vancouver’s newest exhibition, All Together Now.

Unconventional items will be on display from 20 different Vancouverites who have amassed strange collections over the years. All of the exhibits, including the pinball machines, will be interactive, allowing visitors to get fully immersed in the experience.

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Image: Museum of Vancouver

That even includes trying on some 19th century corsets from the world’s largest collection.

“This exhibition enables visitors to enter into the rich, often-unknown worlds of collectors, and to think about how private collections can affect our understanding of the past. In this way, it reminds us of the importance of collectors as memory keepers,” says MOV curator Viviane Gosselin.

Many of the exhibitors started collecting for various personal reasons. Imogene Lim started collection Chinese-Canadian menus to feel connected to her family story, while Angus Bungay started collecting action figures while he worked in the animation industry. Willow Yamauchi’s collection of drag costumes belonged to her father.

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Image: Museum of Vancouver

“The act of collecting is a fascinating way to engage with one’s identity, history, and community,” adds Gosselin.

Got a weird collection of your own? Use the hashtag #MyCollectionAtMOV on social media for a chance to have yours featured on projections throughout the exhibit.

Image: Museum of Vancouver

Image: Museum of Vancouver

All Together Now

  • When: On display from June 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

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Lauren Sundstrom
Lauren is a former staff writer at Daily Hive. She's a graduate of BCIT's Broadcast and Online Journalism program.

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