With a name like Mmuseumm, one cannot help but wonder what kind of artifacts and history this museum contains as its name gives absolutely no indication. Its name is, however, not the only intriguing part of this New York City museum.
The Mmuseumm is a modern museum located in lower Manhattan in the city of New York. In fact, the museum has two locations located within a few blocks of one another, known to the public as Mmuseumm Alley. The first Mmuseumm was opened in 2012 with the second opening in 2015, whereby the first Mmuseumm was in a small elevator shaft, officially making it the world's smallest museum. Since the museum is so tiny, it tends to be overlooked by visitors unless the steel doors are actually open. These museums were created by Alex Kalman and brothers Benny and Josh Safdie, an amazing trio of filmmakers based in New York City who wanted to create something that offered a new perspective on art in the modern era. They received sponsorship from fashion designer Kate Spade, who helped fund the projects. The opening and closing times for the Mmuseumms change sporadically but are always visible from a viewing window 24/7. A suggested donations is accepted as a form of admission.
Artifacts and Exhibits
The artifacts found at these museums are neither historical nor monumental. As the steel doors open, visitors tend to admire the simplicity of the artifacts while wondering what they are actually looking at. The artifacts are often described as objects of our everyday world, and objects previously or currently on display include a rock, kosher toothpaste, a toy pony, pebbles, wrappers, a can of Tasmanian air, an emergency kit backpack, a box of pasta, ISIS currency, scissors, Donald Trump memorabilia, a cheese grater, and a glass vase.
Additional Mmuseumm exhibits are display at other museums and cultural centers around New York City and the USA, such as Sara Berman’s Closet, currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is available for public viewing until September 5, 2017. Displayed at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California, is Future Aleppo by Mohammed Qutaish. This is a piece of artwork by a 16-year old-boy from Aleppo who was terrorized by the ongoing war in his country. This striking piece of artwork is on display until August 18, 2017. There is a section on the official Mmuseumm website that allows visitors to support Qutaish and his family in their struggles to adapt to their new surroundings. A further exhibition of Future Aleppo will be opening for public view in 2018 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK.
The Mmuseumm opening season only runs between the months of April and November. The original Mmuseumm is currently on its fifth season and each year the museum finds new and exciting objects with which to fill their exhibits.
The Mmuseumm is located close to the neighborhoods of Chinatown, Soho, Nolita, and NoHo. The museum can be easily accessed by public transportation such as the bus or subway.
4 Cortlandt Alley, New York, NY 10013, website
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