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Mmuseumm in NYC

I read about Mmuseumm and absolutely wanted to visit it. But it wasn’t that easy…

The Mmuseumm is only opened during weekends, from noon to 06:00 pm.
On our first attempt on Saturday afternoon, there were too many people.

On our second attempt on Sunday morning, it wasn’t opened yet. My mistake, I thought it opened at 10:00 am.

On our third attempt on Sunday afternoon, it was still closed. I couldn’t believe my eyes. But then, I noticed a chair and a bottle of water near the door and understood that the person in charge had certainly taken a break. We waited less than 5 minutes before the person was back. And the good thing is that we were alone.

The Mmuseumm is located in an abandoned elevator shaft and is very easy to overlook. 
Despite being one of the smallest museums in the world, the actual season features not less than 20 exhibitions gathering more than 200 objects displayed on 3 walls with 6 rows of shelves. 

The permanent collection is composed of 8 objects, including the presumed shoe that was thrown at George W Bush in Irak.
Among the current temporary exhibitions which marked me the most, there are: natural styrofoam rocks, mosquitos killed mid bite in New dehli during the mosoon season, plastic spoons, censored Saudi-Arabian pool toys, everyday objects from North Korea, toothpastes from around the world, jars filled with dirt and water from great historic deaths and some watches with Sadam Hussein’s face on them.

As the website explains: “Mmuseumm is a modern natural history museum – devotes to the curation and exhibition of contemporary artifacts that illustrate the complexities of the modern world”. 

Only 3 persons can enter in the museum at the same time, which means one per wall, so you can have a good view of all the objects.
There are 2 ways to get more information about the  story behind each object.
First, you can buy the guide at $1.00 but it is so huge than once unfold, there will not be a space to move. 
Secondly, you can dial a toll free number on your mobile, much more convenient. Even if you opt for this method, you won’t have the time to listen about all the objects, this is why I strongly recommend to buy the guide before leaving. As the Mmuseumm is free, this is a way to make a donation.
Moreover, it’s a nice souvenir and you’ll see that you would have missed a lot of artifacts! 
At the end of the day, when I went back to our hotel, I had a look at the different objects and their comments. This is how I noticed a wrong explanation about an object, the Mills Kaviar. 

Indeed, the comment says that: “The travel caviar tube is convenient for the person who is always on the move but wants to be reminded of the luxuries of home”. 
But this is not true caviar made of sturgeon roe. This is cod roe that you find in any Norwegian supermarket (cheap and delicious). 

If you’re out of hours or want to experiment the Mmuseumm alone, you have the possibility to look through the viewing windows at any time.

And if you grew up in the 80’s/90’s, don’t forget, before or after your visit, to go to Hook & Ladder 8, Ghostbuster Headquarters!

 

Mmuseumm
Cortlandt Alley
b/t Franklin St & White St
New York, NY 10013
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