Mmuseumm – New York, New York - Atlas Obscura
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New York, New York

Mmuseumm

A tiny museum housed in a New York freight elevator specializes in the "overlooked, dismissed, or ignored." 

Pronounced “museum,” Mmuseumm is a curated display of artifacts housed in a freight elevator.

This tiny space features rotating and permanent collections, specializing in the “overlooked, dismissed, or ignored.” Museum offers a unique opportunity to engage with familiar and exotic everyday objects from around the world. Past exhibitions include Personal Possessions found in the PacificPaper Works found in Copying Machines, and Homemade Weapons of Defense

Created by filmmakers Alex Kalman and Benny and Josh Safdie, and sponsored by Kate Spade (and Andy and Bea Spade) of the purse empire, among the unusual objects featured in the museum have been the shoe thrown at George W. Bush at the Minister’s Palace in Baghdad, a hot water coil heater from Kaunas, Lithuania, and a plastic glove from Paradise Valley, Montana. The collection is refreshed annually. In 2018, a small “gift shop” was added in a window a few feet down on the right of the Mmuseumm. 

Visitors may call an 800 number to access a free audio guide. The museum fits three at a time.

Know Before You Go

It's down an alley that looks like there's nothing along it. If it's open, then you'll usually see a few people standing outside. Otherwise, look for the steel door with a small window to peer through.