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Museum

Cortlandt Alley nr. White St., New York, NY 10013 40.7903 73.9597
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Official Website

mmuseumm.com

Hours

Sat-Sun, 11am-7pm and by appointment.

Nearby Subway Stops

6, J, N, Q, R, Z to Canal St.

Parking

  • Nearby Parking Lots
  • Street Parking

Prices

Free

Profile

At Museum, Red Bucket Films founders Alex Kalman, Benny Safdie, and Josh Safdie have fit the entire museumgoing experience into a defunct freight elevator in a Chinatown alley. Inspired by their own personal collections, the founders now display oddities culled from around the world in what is likely the smallest museum in the city. Museum aims to comment on everyday human experience through seemingly ordinary and often overlooked artifacts. Behind the original freight-elevator doors (now with cut outs for 24/7 viewing), these artifacts are artfully displayed on shelves across three walls in a space that’s six feet two inches high and just about seven feet wide. Museum’s permanent collection includes the shoe thrown at George W. Bush in 2008 and a collection of counterfeit Sharpies, while other exhibits have featured personal ephemera from pornographer Al Goldstein, objects made for and by prisoners, and an array of fake vomit. As with many museums, there’s an audio guide; calling the 800 number listed on Museum’s door takes visitors to an interactive phone line that details each object’s backstory. The museumgoing experience is completed with a mini-café and gift shop that sells Museum-branded merchandise as well as souvenirs from individual exhibitions, including commemorative books, spurious Sharpies, and yes, even faux vomit.