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The Viktor Wynd Museum is Crowdfunding a 1,000-Year-Old Mummy Head

Help London’s quirky Viktor Wynd Museum buy a mummy head for its collection for cool perks like mummy dust, penis bones, and chocolate anuses.
Viktor Wynd Museum mummy head
This 1,000-year-old mummy head would make a great addition to the Viktor Wynd Museum

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History in London is home to an amazing and macabre collection of oddities, including skulls, bones, shrunken heads, weird medical antiques and more. They even have the gold-plated hippo skull of Pablo Escobar. But they don’t have a mummy.

And quite frankly, who doesn’t want a mummy?

The museum opened two years ago thanks to nearly 500 contributors to their first crowdfunding campaign. So, to celebrate the its second birthday, a new campaign on just launched on Indiegogo to purchase the 1,000-year-old mummified head of a young boy from Peru’s moon-worshipping Chimú culture.

Of course, helping a museum buy a mummy that you can visit any time you want is reward enough, but the perks are great, too. Contribute to the campaign to earn things like mummy dust from the bottom of the cabinet, cat skulls, edible chocolate anuses, walrus penis bones, Viktor Wynd’s used underwear, and other bizarre items that would look great in your own personal cabinet of curiosities.

Some of the skulls, bones and other oddities on display at the Viktor Wynd Museum
Some of the curiosities on display at the Viktor Wynd Museum

Help the museum fill it’s mummy-shaped hole right here.

Pablo Escobar’s Gold-Plated Hippo Skull

A gold-plated hippo skull, an extravagant curiosity from the Viktor Wynd Museum, is believed to have been owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Pablo Escobar's gold-plated hippo skull in the Hanbury Collection

This gold-plated hippo skull, currently on display at the Viktor Wynd Museum, is purported to have belonged to drug baron Pablo Escobar. It seems the authenticity of the item has not been confirmed, but that didn’t stop the skull from stirred up a lot of interest recently when it took center stage at the Curiosities from the Hanbury Collection exhibition in London last year.

Is it possible this hippo did actually belong to the notorious cocaine kingpin?

In the early 80s, Escobar imported exotic animals into Colombia, including elephants, giraffes and hippos. He built a zoo on his ranch, Hacienda Napoles, and opened it to the public. Visitors entered through a gate beneath the decommissioned plane that carried his first shipments of cocaine into the US.

The entrance to Pablo Escobar's ranch Hacienda Napoles
Hacienda Napoles, Pablo Escobar’s ranch in Columbia

So yes, he definitely had access to hippos. But did he have one of their skulls cast in gold? Well, he is regarded as the wealthiest criminal in history, and the gold hippo skull would have fit right in at his luxurious estate. I haven’t been able to uncover the origin of the claim, but the story is certainly compelling.

Pablo Escobar’s Hippos

Hacienda Napoles was confiscated after Escobar negotiated his surrender to authorities in 1991. Most of the animals were transported to other zoos around the world, but for some reason the hippos were left behind. They continue to thrive there today, multiplying more rapidly than they do in Africa, eating crops, crushing cows and making a general nuisance of themselves.

The drug lord’s ranch is now a theme park, complete with luxury hotels overlooking the zoo and tropical park.