Object of the Month

Museum collections are not just comprised of physical objects. This photomacrograph of the scales of a Madagascan sunset moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) is from Wellcome Images, a database of both historical and scientific images from the Wellcome Collections and Library. This image was taken to demonstrate how the moth's iridescent wings change color without having much pigmentation …

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20 objects for 20 years of Harry Potter

In honor of 20 years of Harry Potter, arguably my favorite books since I could read chapter books, I have scrolled through the British Museum’s extensive collections database to find magical gems. Ancient Magic What better object to begin with than a magic wand! This is an amuletic wand from the Middle Kingdom, Egypt, 2050 …

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