On 28 April, the whole world will open its cabinet of curiosities. Obscura Day, now in its third year of existence, encourages tourists and locals to seek out the stranger (and lesser known) sides of cities and small towns.
by Atlas Obscura, an online project
profiling offbeat and unusual locations across the globe, Obscura
as a way to universally celebrate these spots and encourage lectures, tours and
outings around them. Over the past two years, the events have attracted more
than 10,000 people on every continent. This year, nearly 100 events have been
organized in cities from Wellington, New Zealand to Kyonan, Japan, each with
its own strange story to tell.
Boston Athenaeum in Massachusetts will host “Bound to End Badly”, a tour of the
building’s collection of rare books, maps and manuscripts, including the
memoirs of a 19th-century highwayman, a book bound in his own skin
(a surprisingly common fate for criminals in his day, but one actually requested
by the man before his execution).
Angeles residents and visitors are invited to picnic at the abandoned zoo in Griffith Park, where
old (supposedly haunted) animal enclosures are now outfitted with picnic tables
and grills. Those in Berlin can take a walking tour of the city’s best street art, then take a graffiti workshop
for their own work-of-art to take home.
those in cities without an official event can partake in the day’s celebrations.
Organizers encourage people anywhere to “explore
something wondrous” and “take lots of pictures” as a way to uncover and share
hidden oddities in lesser known corners of the world.
Day is all about getting out from behind the computer screen and off to explore
something interesting and unusual near you,” said Annetta Black, one of the
event’s organizers. “It is amazing the places you’ll discover in your hometown
when you begin to look at it with the same sense of curiosity normally reserved