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Museums Battle Over Best Objects In Their Exhibits

We’re big fans of the recent museum challenges going down on Twitter. It all started during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, when most museums around the globe temporarily shuttered. The Yorkshire Museum in England started a Twitter hashtag challenge, asking other museums to share photos of items in their exhibits. Topics ranged from “creepiest object” to “best butt art.” As you can see, it’s riveting stuff.

York Helmet and Degas’s Blue Dancers
York Museums Trust Online Collection/Edgar Degas

Now, in the “grand finale” #CuratorBattle, the Yorkshire Museum asked fellow museums to share their “Star Object.” What is the best or most unique thing each museum has to offer? Yorkshire started the hashtag with their own prized piece, the York Helmet. The 8th Century object is the most complete Anglo-Saxon helmet in all of Europe. Pretty neat!

But other museums were more than up for the challenge. The State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, for example, shared their prized item: The famous painting “Blue Dancers” by Edgar Degas.


The Northern Archaeological Exhibit shared their own #StarObject, an intact ovoid flask found in a 4th Century coffin.

The Perth Museum & Art Gallery in Australia offered a pretty rad candidate: a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite. Most impressive!

Another most impressive entry? Leeds University Library Galleries offered their #StarObject and it might just take the take. They’re home to the “Holy Grail” of book collecting, William Shakespeare’s four folios.

Oh and don’t worry. Things are still getting weird in this challenge. The Grant Museum of Zoology in London shared what might be the most bizarre thing we’ve ever seen: a jar of moles?


Head over to the #CuratorBattle and #StarObject hashtags on Twitter to see more of what these amazing museums have to offer. You won’t be disappointed! We just hope they continue on with these battles in some way or another—they’re just a salve in these challenging times.

Featured Image: York Museums Trust Online Collection/Edgar Degas