The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things is an online collection of art, objects, ideas and history which are deeply, genuinely, thoroughly, RIDICULOUSLY interesting. It is un Musée imaginaire; a cabinet of curiosities for the digital age; an anthology of marvelous, bizarre, exciting, and intriguing things, paired with conversation around contemporary art. Unlike the many image sharing websites where users can endlessly post and re-post without context or reflection, the aim of the MofRIT is to promote a deeper understanding of curious and interesting things and to actively contribute to the dialogue around them.

Chelsea Nichols, curator of the Museum of Ridiculously Interesting ThingsThe MofRIT is written by Chelsea Nichols, Head Curator of Ridiculously Interesting Things. In real life, she is also Curator of Modern Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand (but all opinions on this site should be considered her own!). In 2014, she completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford, where her thesis focused on ‘human curiosities’ in contemporary art and their relationship to histories of exhibiting monstrous bodies. Her love of odd and interesting things always takes her research to strange new places, but her main area of interest focuses on portrayals of the curious, macabre and monstrous in modern and contemporary art.

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  1. Chelsea, I am utterly mesmerised by the quality and spectrum of your collection. What a wonderful blog! I’m now a follower. Pop over to Freaky Folk tales sometime; it’s a collection of Victorian tales of the macabre and supernatural, many written by me – from the haunting of ancestral homes to the malignancy of inanimate objects. It also features rare illustrations and artwork inspired by the era. Regards, Paul

  2. Hey, I love your blog and your contemporary approach to a Wunderkammer! Your research focus is really interesting. I’m sure you have looked into Petra Lange-Berndt’s work? :)

  3. Fantastic blog. I’m a PhD-candidate in Art History from Norway writing about baroque and political use of images, so far from this. But I wondered if you have included the works of Norwegian artist Erik Tidemann. I’ll just link his website so you can have a look and see if it interests you.


    Best regards
    Daniel Johansen

  4. I’m so glad I stumbled across this! Reminds me of What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt. Have you read it?

    ps. My own PhD is on war. Not so many cool pictures there. :s

  5. My wife and I are having tea with your grandmother Wednesday evening, 30th May, and she encouraged me to check your website. Your grandfather, George Nichols, and I were colleagues and friends at Mount Allison between 1978 and 1984. I just retired as a university professor in Tokyo and now we are on the process of retiring in Halifax. Your grandmother sends her love and enjoyed her video conversation yesterday. Best wishes from Sackville.

  6. Chelsea… Oh my goodness…

    Imagine my surprise when I saw that you had ‘liked’ my Anatomy of Keys post, considering I had only, very recently, decided to resurrect my old WordPress blog. Your blog is not just ridiculously interesting… it is also freaking RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME.

    I miss you.

    I have added this blog to my blog roll. Keep in touch however way you can (I am no longer on Facebook) and maybe, one day, if my art manages to reach a much broader audience outside of the few regular readers I have, you will curate my stuff? Hehehe… oh dreams. :-)


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