The smallest museum in New York is situated in an abandoned 60-square-foot freight elevator

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

This very small museum is nestled within TriBeCa in New York. It’s actually built into an abandoned 60-square-foot freight elevator, out of sight to even most of Tribeca’s residents and to those in the know, accessible only via a dark alleyway. Simply called The Museum, it was officially opened in May 2012.

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This exhibition showcases intricate urban landscapes in repurposed and exotic woods

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Friday 24 October 2014

If you’re visiting the Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami, you wouldn’t want to miss a new exhibition titled Metros. Created by furniture-maker-turned-sculptor James McNabb, who is known for his interest in architectural shapes, his style of woodwork is a self improvised one that is being described as sketching with a bandsaw. Intricate sculptures the likes […]

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This man scoured the beach for one million seashells to stick onto his house

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By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Tuesday 7 October 2014

When we were very young, we recited ‘She sells seashells by the seashore’ in its entirety to see who would get their tongue twisted. Well, Xiao Yongsheng from Lingshan Island of China’s Shandong province has put those seashells to better use instead. He spent two years building a shell house by decorating the outer walls and the roof with more than one million colorful shells he collected on his own private beach.

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Experience a super hairy encounter at the only hair museum in the world

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 3 October 2014

Leila Cohoon is a former hair stylist who just can’t get enough of hair. So passionate about hair is Leila that she began collecting hair art way back in 1949. She buys and restores them – wreaths, jewelry, and portraits with real hair glued on.

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You’ll get plenty of good vibrations at this museum of antique vibrators

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By Kenny Ong in New Products on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Talk about having good vibrations. That’s how you’ll feel if you’re into antique vibrators at the Good Vibrations antique vibrator museum in San Francisco. You’ll learn that the first of such devices was made in 1869, difficult to move and marketed for use by spas and physicians for the treatment of ‘hysteria,’ which they viewed as the most common health complaint among women of the day.

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MONA in Hobart, Tasmania: the largest privately-owned museum in Australia

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By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 3 June 2014

On a recent trip to Tasmania, I had the opportunity to visit MONA, which after hearing so much hype and doing an abundance of background reading, I predicted would be a highlight of my already-amazing trip. I wasn’t wrong.

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The pocket-size museum you can take anywhere

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Saturday 1 March 2014

If you’ve always wanted to have your very own museum, a new Kickstarter project is allowing you to do just that. Curated by Hans Fex, the Mini Museum is a ‘portable collection of curiosities where every item is authentic, iconic and labeled’. Fex says he has collected these museum specimens over the last 35 years […]

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Meet the Matron of Morbidity

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 December 2013

Meet Elinor Wrobel, the Matron of Morbidity. This woman established a museum at Sydney Hospital to display the ‘morbid anatomy collection,’ a lineup of body parts collected since the 1890s. Just like any other museum, this place is divided into sections, too. And the most popular exhibit? The giant hairball. Wrobel ‘recovered the collection from […]

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MONA in Hobart, Tasmania: the largest privately-owned museum in Australia

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in New Art on Thursday 12 September 2013

On a recent trip to Tasmania, I had the opportunity to visit MONA, which after hearing so much hype and doing an abundance of background reading, I predicted would be a highlight of my already-amazing trip. I wasn’t wrong.

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In Tokyo, a haunted art gallery has been created for kids

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 26 August 2013

Why is it that we don’t remember our childhoods being as epic as this? Just for the kids, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo engaged Torafu Architects to toy with the artworks belonging to one of its art galleries. Its name? Haunted House — and it sets out to be exactly what it sounds […]

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SONS: a museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear

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By Michael Amter in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 August 2013

Addicted to shoes? SONS is a special museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear. It is the product of Dirk Vanderschueren, owner of Cortina, one of the world’s largest shoe manufacturers. Shoes Or No Shoes boasts having William ‘Boy’ Habraken’s ethnographic collection of 2700 pairs of shoes originating from 155 countries.

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The Museum of Broken Relationships

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By Michael Amter in Video on Thursday 15 August 2013

The Museum of Broken Relationships was conceptualized by artists Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić of Croatia sometime in 2006. The unique artistic endeavor has traveled the world ever since, receiving a wealth of positive coverage, amassing a very special collection contemplating the loss of love. This unconventional museum collects donated objects and descriptions by request, producing an emotive documentation dedicated to the memory […]

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Eerie lifelike wax models of the human anatomy

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 July 2013

The Josephinum wax museum has quite an impressive collection of eerily realistic wax anatomical models. Apparently the collection dates back to 1785, when Emperor Josef II ordered the models to be made for his army surgeons to get their medical knowledge together. The museum is part of the Medical University of Vienna. It looks spooky.

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Museo De La Memoria: dedicated to Chileans killed during Pinochet period

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By Scratch My Nose in Cool Travel on Friday 28 June 2013

For many people from outside the America’s, the only realistic depiction of life in Chile during the Pinochet period has come from the recent Academy Award nominated film, No. The film follows the advertising political campaign during the historic 1988 election when it was to be determined whether General Pinochet should have another 8 year […]

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20-foot balloon dinosaur at the Virginia Museum of Natural History

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By Eugenia Viti in New Trends on Thursday 9 May 2013

That’s right, some wonderfully talented and imaginative people teamed up with school kids to make a twenty foot balloon Acrocanthosaurus for display at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Using a real skeleton of the dinosaur as a guide, they tried to make it as realistic as possible. However, nobody really knows what their skin […]

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