New ‘Obsessions’ exhibit on collectors opening at Richmond Museum

These people have amassed vast collections of eclectic objects, from theatre costumes to boy band souvenirs.

A new exhibit on people who amass vast collections of objects is opening at the Richmond Museum on Sept. 27

“Obsessions: Every Collector Has a Story” showcases eleven people and the items of interest they’ve gathered. It opens at 7 p.m. with a performance by young ballet dancers wearing costumes from one collections.

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Besides dance and theatre costumes, other collections on display include Asian art books, boy band souvenirs, action figures and RCMP memorabilia.

“[The exhibit] brings to light the often hidden passions of our collector friends and neighbours, celebrating the stories they tell through their objects,” Mayor Malcolm Brodie said. 

On opening night, many of the collectors will be on hand to discuss the thrill of the hunt and what drives their curiosity.

Miss Teacup, a cow who was named as part of a public contest, serves as a guide for guests visiting the exhibit.  There will also be activities to give guests a peek into the world of collecting. People can try to repair artifacts, use a microscope to identify materials and write labels for mystery items.

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