Print: "Descriptive Catalogue of the
Origin: America, New England, Massachusetts, Boston
Acc. No. 1957-90
Broadside print. A listing of all the things that were being exhibited in the Museum. See list.
Label:By the late 18th century, exhibitions of curiosities were quite popular. This satirical print shows such an exhibit with its preserved reptiles in jars, a crocodile, birds, insects, and an ancient stone relic.
Founded by Daniel Bowen in 1795, the Columbian Museum in Boston housed a vast collection of artworks, wax figures, and natural specimens. This advertisement informed the public about what they would encounter upon visiting the museum, including, “a great variety of Natural & Artificial Curiosities; among which are, Upwards of 200 American and English Birds, Beasts, Reptiles and Insects.”