Wunderkammer is a shop that blurs the line between a museum and a retail outlet.
The concept of a Wunderkammer dates back to a time prior to museums, where it was rather fashionable within the upper class to have a cabinet dedicated to displaying scientific collectables and curious items. They become known in English as cabinets of curiosity while in Germany they were referred to as a Kunstkammer or Wunderkammer*.
*Not surprisingly, the owners of this small storefront chose Wunderkammer over Kunstkammer.
The owners are happy for people to pop in for a look, however everything in the store does have a price tag. While, much of it will set you back a few pay packets, there are plenty of affordable items. The mineral and shell collection for example starts at $5 and there is a whole range of exotic insects, spiders and butterflies available for under $50 (It’s probably better to start your collection with a framed butterfly than a taxidermy fox anyway).
It central location, near the corner of Queen and Londsdale makes it the perfect spot for city workers to visit during a lunchbreak or whenever you next find yourself in the city with a 15 minutes to spare.
Opening Hours: Mon- Sat from 10am
Address: 439 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne