The sheer strangeness of this place makes it worth a visit but it wasn't as interesting as I had hoped. It's a weird destination and defies straightforward description. To me, it's an art installation about museums--but this doesn't sum it up entirely. Another reviewer called it a 'cabinet of curiosities' and I'd definitely agree. There are exhibits on superstitions (my favorite, probably), 1930s trailer culture, and the dogs of Soviet space exploration, among many others. Some of the exhibits are more straightforward and some seem to be primarily about subverting patrons' expectations about museums--for instance, at least one exhibit appears to be deliberately "out of order." This is becoming a rambling review, but it's a rambling place.
On a practical level, be aware that it can get crowded on weekends and it's very dark, cramped, and labyrinthine. Some of the lighting is so dim I literally could not read the exhibit captions (and, paranoid that I am, I wondered if this is just part of the museum's schtick as a critical meditation on the museum-as-social-construct.) It's not well marked but if you go to the very back of the first floor, you will find stairs leading you to more exhibits and the tea room, where tea is served rather randomly and cookies are available. Go through a mysterious doorway, and there are more stairs to a lovely little courtyard on the top of the building, with lots of finches and doves.
I felt kind of guilty for not enjoying this place more. It's worth seeing once and I think it's culturally important as an examination of how we think about museums, but it just wasn't that interesting, in the end. There was also a strong, self-conscious hipster vibe the day I was there, so it didn't feel particularly welcoming.
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