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Elevator Shaft Museum in TriBeCa

If you’re looking for a creative way to adapt an old elevator shaft into a new use, consider the example of Alex Kalman’s Mmuseumm, a museum and rotating gallery at 4 Cortlandt Alley in New York’s TriBeCa borough. The museum is unique in that it’s built inside an old elevator shaft. The exhibits within are dedicated to oddities and artifacts which both reveal and unpack the complexities of our modern life, making the location inside the old elevator shaft even more appropriate. The permanent collection includes objects like an electric handheld water boiler, a Honduran treat spoon, a homemade television antenna, and a bag of cheesy poofs from the Middle East. Previous installations in the gallery have displayed homemade weapons of defense, hand modified Russian watches, and collections of stolen objects, among a slew of other bizarre yet compelling catalogues. The museum is currently closed except by appointment, with new installations expected to launch sometime this spring. Take the opportunity to see the inside of an elevator shaft—and perhaps yourself—in a new light by visiting soon.

 

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