A Cabinet of Curiosities

Tucked away in a house on Hatt St. in Dundas is A Cabinet of Curiosities. But it’s more than a cabinet, and the bizarre, macabre items within? Definitely one of a kind. It’s a growing collection – or perhaps, obsession – of owner Mark Draak, who gathers it from the darkest corners of the planet. It’s worth a visit, if you are in the area. Here’s a glimpse of some of the hundreds of treasures on display. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A skull, one of many in the place. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A skull, one of many in the place. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. This is the remains of a shrunken head. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. This is the remains of a shrunken head. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A drum made out of the tops of 2 skulls. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A drum made out of the tops of 2 skulls. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Some kind of tribal head. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Some kind of tribal head. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A decorative item made out of a monkey's head. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A decorative item made out of a monkey’s head. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A bird from Africa. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A bird from Africa. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Mark holds a bone froma mastedon.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Mark holds a bone from a mastedon. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A device Mark believes could have been used to spread a rib cage. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A device Mark believes could have been used to spread a rib cage. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Mark leafs through an old bible. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Mark leafs through an old bible. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. An undertaker's uniform from England. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. An undertaker’s uniform from England. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A theatrical mask. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A theatrical mask. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A heavy iron headpiece that a horse would wear. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A heavy iron headpiece that a horse would wear. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Old soap boxes.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Old soap boxes. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Old medicine boxes. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Old medicine boxes. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. All manner of old bottles are found there.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. All manner of old bottles are found there. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. An old oyster bucket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. An old oyster bucket. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A shoeshine box adorned with old keys.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. A shoeshine box adorned with old keys. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. An old medicine bottle. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. An old medicine bottle. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Antique glassware. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. Antique glassware. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 - Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. An old typewriter. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, October 24, 2014 – Owner Mark Draak at his unique shop, Curiosities, in downtown Dundas that contains all manner of bizarre and macabre items. An old typewriter. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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