Museum of Broken Relationships

LA’s Museum of Broken Relationships Wants Your Breakup Stuff

There’s no nice way to put it: Breakups suck. Not only do they leave plenty of emotional baggage behind, there’s plenty of physical evidence left behind, too. All those love notes, shared belongings, souvenirs, and other sentimental ephemera can haunt you for years. So, what do you do with it? Give it back? Throw it away? Burn it? Well, how about donate it to a museum?

The Museum of Broken Relationships is opening in Los Angeles in May 2016, and it wants you to donate the relics of your breakups. This is actually the second museum of its kind. The original is in Zagreb, Craotia, and was founded by artists Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić after they broke up—naturally.

The exhibits are a hodge-podge collection of the many physical items that remain full of memories and emotions long after a breakup. Think once-loved lingerie, items shattered in a fight, and, of course, love notes.

The museum’s goal is to help visitors make peace with their own relationships, whether that’s delving into another’s belongings or surrendering some of their own objects.

The museum offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the permanent collection. Although often colored by personal experience, local culture, and history, the exhibits presented here form universal patterns offering us to discover them and feel the comfort they can bring.

If you’re interested in donating, your items will be displayed anonymously. For more info about donating, visit their site.

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