Catharsis comes in many forms: a charged workout, a moment of zen in the woods or a dramatic social media soliloquy. Come this June, you can add a visit to a Hollywood museum of used hairbrushes and stained T-shirts to that list.
The Museum of Broken Relationships, the self-described home for the ruins of love, is officially opening its doors on June 4. The museum will reside at 6751 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Hollywood & Highland. Admission costs $18.
The idea started as a traveling exhibit back in 2006 before opening a permanent brick and mortar gallery in Croatia in 2010. Rather than dwell on the despair of a relationship's collapse, the museum preserves love's legacy through donated objects. During the donation process for the museum, participants are asked to pick a relic of their former love and an accompanying explanation, both of which the museum then puts on display. For example:
A plush Snoopy
30 years | Leiden, Netherlands
He gave Snoopy to me on my 17th birthday.
We had fallen in love six months earlier, on October 5, 1981.
Thirty years down the line, we had three sons, a house etc.
He fell in love with another woman and he chose her…
He broke my heart. Telling me that he hadn’t really loved me in those 30 years.
I just don’t understand.
With entries like that, the museum promises to be surprisingly poetic and insightful, and not just full of In-N-Out wrappers and sob stories of drunken flings—though those are absolutely welcome, too.
The Museum of Broken Relationships (6751 Hollywood Blvd) opens June 4. Mon 11am-5pm; Tue, Wed 11am-7pm; Thu 10am-8pm; Fri, Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 11am-8pm. $18 general admission, $15 students and seniors (65+).