Definition of Wunderkammer in English:


nounplural noun Wunderkammern

  • A place where a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited.

    ‘The near randomness of this collection recalls the ‘premuseum’ Wunderkammer.’
    • ‘I took it as a Wunderkammer, a cabinet of curiosities.’
    • ‘Go and see it if you can, it is a true Wunderkammer.’
    • ‘In this exhibition, the artist transformed the gallery into a kind of Wunderkammer, part natural-history museum, part Pop environment.’
    • ‘This captivating Wunderkammer could be seen concurrently with an exhibition of ‘classic’ Turrell light installations, both old and new, at Barbara Gladstone Gallery.’
    • ‘Several criteria applied by Margaret became defining for the Kunst- and Wunderkammer of the later 16th century, not least the appreciation for the ingenuity of a work above its intrinsic value.’



/ˈvo͝ondərˌkämər/ /ˈvʊndərˌkɑmər/


German, literally ‘wonder chamber’.