Visit New York City's smallest museum this weekend
Museum, located in a Tribeca freight elevator, celebrates a new season with an opening-night party on Friday.
Thu Feb 21 2013
Photograph: Amy Plitt
Institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History are home to thousands of treasures—more than you can possibly see in one outing. On the other, much smaller end of the spectrum, there's Museum, a 60-square-foot repository located in an abandoned Tribeca freight elevator. (Finding it feels like an adventure in itself—it's on Cortlandt Alley, a narrow throughway located between Broadway and Lafayette Streets.) The tiny space debuted last May, and after closing to swap out exhibitions, it will reopen on Saturday, February 23 for its current season.
Museum's collection is a mishmash of found objects and artifacts donated by hobbyists; its permanent holdings include an index card detailing a pot dealer's pricing scale, and—allegedly—the shoe that was infamously thrown at President George W. Bush. (The museum's founders—Alex Kalman, Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie—say they're not legally allowed to reveal the anonymous donator of this particular piece of history.)
This season's temporary exhibits, meanwhile, include a collection of artifacts from American prisons, curated by Baron von Fancy; a selection of "moon rocks," gathered beneath the Park Avenue Armory during the recent Tom Sachs exhibit "Space Program: Mars"; and a selection of Screw magazine founder Al Goldstein's personal artifacts.
Museum will hold an opening-night party to celebrate its new season on Friday, February 22, 6:30–8:30pm; in addition to letting the public inside the space, its founders will basically take over Cortlandt Alley, hosting live performances and more on the street. You can visit Museum 11am–7pm on the weekend, and during off-hours, curious spectators can peek at the space from the outside. (Look for the small peepholes added to a metal door between Franklin and White Streets.)