Morbid Anatomy beat me to it (not that we are in competition, but blogger Joanna Ebenstein and I have many interests in common). The news yesterday was the opening of a life-size time capsule in France that dates back more than a century. The period piece in question is a mansion in Moulins, France, owned by Louis Mantin (1855-1905). La Maison Mantin (as it appeared in 1910, 1st image, and as it appears today, 2nd and 3rd images)
was closed up and fell into disrepair when the owner died, but Mantin directed that it be made a museum in 2005. After $47 million in renovations, the mansion has now opened to the public after 106 years. Visitors are immersed in the life of a cultured gentleman of his day, just as Mantin wished. All the amenities are intact - rich fin-de-siecle furnishings, electricity, and a flushing toilet - and all the collections on display - Egyptian relics, Neolithic oil-lamps, and prehistoric flints; medieval locks, Masonic paraphernalia, mounted birds, and other curios. The result is a remarkable time-capsule, says the BBC about what was his personal museum.