Welcome to the Curiosities Exhibit!

Curiosities Exhibit

An important message from Calamity Dawn regarding the popular Curiosities Exhibit at the International Steampunk Symposium . . . 

It’s that time of year again; time to prepare to show us your best and most creative artifacts.

Calamity Dawn

Calamity Dawn

Before revealing this year’s categories I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for your support and participation over the years. This year marks a major change in the show. I, Calamity Dawn, will be stepping down as Head Curator after this year’s show ends.

I am turning over the reins to Lady Alexandra Bridges. She is the most beloved wife of Lord Dorian Bridges (My Partner in Booze) and my dearest of friends.


Lady Alexandra Bridges

Lady Alexandra Bridges

Her skill at planning cannot be rivaled, her grace is unmistakable, and her tongue lashings sharp as a razor, so stay on her good side, friends. I will remain a part of the Exhibit, but in a much smaller capacity.

Enough of that, it is time and beyond to get to the meat of the matter, to the heart of things. This year’s Categories!




This time around we are simplifying things a bit here. There are only three categories:

  • Weaponry: This covers all armaments from smallish to not-too-biggish. They can be swords, pistols, rifles, crossbows, bow and arrow, slingshots, etc. The item can be no longer than 24”. We will not turn away realistic looking weapons, or prop weapons, so long as it is clearly visible that they are non operational. That being said, the more fantastical the weapon, the better!
  • Wearables: Goggles, hats, corsets, bustles, bracers, jewelry, hair pieces, shoes, and pretty much anything else you’d actually wear as part of an outfit goes in this category.
  • Items of Great Mystery!: This covers absolutely everything else! Steampunk Breadbasket? Bring it in! Cryptozoological Survey Kit? Yes, please! Ancient Egyptian Maps indicating the location of the Lost Ark of the Covenenant? Sure! Teddy Bears, unicorns, dragons, small knit beasties? Why not? This category is limited by your imagination and by size. Try to keep them smaller than an overnight case. (All mythological beasties or representations of such must be of the miniature variety.)

So, as you can see we’re keeping it simple this year. There will be prizes, as usual. Airships with winning items will receive points for the Games, of course.

Symposium Map - click to enlarge.

Steampunk Symposium Map. Click to enlarge.

The Curiosities Exhibit will be located in Sicily (close to Registration)


Friday, April 24th 2pm to 7pm

Saturday, April 25th 8:30 am to 10:00 am


The Exhibit will be open to the public starting Saturday April 25th at 10:00 am until 7pm, and on Sunday April 26th from 10 am until Convention End (during which time folks are invited to retrieve their items as needed.)

(Hours may be subject to change as necessity dictates.)

To pre-register your items, please fill out the form below. Priority will given to pre-registered items, and we can not guarantee space to onsite registered items.



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