Austin's Oddities

Science Channel delves into Richard Garriott's cupboards

You always knew that Austin is full of the weird and unusual, and tonight the Science channel will be showing off some of its Oddities, including the amazing collection of the bizarre and baroque owned by famed game creator/cosmonaut Richard Garriott.

Oddities brings the owners of New York's Obscura Antiques & Oddities to a city to look for anything from mummies to Fiji mermaids (or, as we call them around here, the norms of interior design.) Tonight's show opens the doors on Garriott's famed Britannia Manor II and his astonishing collection of, well, collections: Everything from automata to crossbows to antique astronomical equipment. And just don't ask what's down in the cellar.

However, Garriott's cabinet of curiosities is not the only archive of the eerie under the camera tonight: The show also visits purveyors of carnival treats Big Top Candy on South Congress, and the uncanny Museum of the Weird on Sixth Street.

The Austin episode of Oddities airs tonight, June 9, at 8pm Central on the Science Channel. Check out the trailer below.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More reality TV
Khiem Nguyen Is <i>Making It</i>
Khiem Nguyen Is Making It
Crafty reality competition star on wood and Nick Offerman

Richard Whittaker, Aug. 7, 2018

Austin Gets Real on TV
Austin Gets Real on TV
Locals compete on Face Off and Making It tonight

Richard Whittaker, July 31, 2018

More Richard Garriott
Garriott Challenges Public to Update His Game
Garriott Challenges Public to Update His Game
Got the coding chops for something 37 years old?

James Renovitch, April 17, 2014

Own a Piece of Richard Garriott's World
Own a Piece of Richard Garriott's World
Space and gaming pioneer is auctioning off 500-plus items

Monica Riese, Sept. 12, 2013

More by Richard Whittaker
AFS Cinema Joins Forces with Sundance Film Festival
AFS Cinema Joins Forces with Sundance Film Festival
Local arthouse becomes satellite venue for the Utah fest

Dec. 2, 2020

Help Find the Missing <i>Slacker</i> Cast and Crew
Help Find the Missing Slacker Cast and Crew
Austin, you can help connect the team with cash!

Nov. 26, 2020


reality TV, Richard Garriott, Britannia Manor, Museum of the Weird, Big Top Candy

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle