Tinker Swiss reveals new exhibit

© Rockford Park District - Photo by Jesse Fox

Staff Report

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens has announced their first exhibit for 2016, Tinker’s Cabinet of Curiosities, will be on exhibit beginning Tuesday and run through June 30.

Cabinets of curiosities would showcase hobbies that were collecting from the Renaissance to the 19th century. During the Victorian era people who were interested in science and the natural world had cabinets of curiosities in their homes.

The curiosities stored in these cabinets were any sort of natural specimens such as seashells, fossils, mineral specimens, preserved animals or cultural objects like tools or clothes from all over the world. Robert Tinker has a cabinet of curiosities in a cabinet in the library. Guests have not been allowed to view due to the low balcony on the second floor of the library, so Tinker Swiss has opened the cabinet to display all the items it holds.

This exhibit will be housed in the Red Room and is part of the general admission tour. Please visit during tour times Tuesday through Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.

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