Usually, mementos from a failed relationship go into a box and get thrown away, burned, or returned to the ex-partner. But now those artifacts—think mixtapes, photos, even clothing—can have a second life in a Los Angeles museum: The Museum of Broken Relationships.
Originally created by an artist ex-couple, the museum was first a traveling exhibition that revolved around “the concept of failed relationships and their ruins.” In 2010, a permanent museum was opened in Zagreb, Croatia, and now a second museum (and the first U.S. location) will open in late May in Hollywood, California. The public can donate artifacts from their breakups anonymously with a title, duration or dates of the relationship, city or country of origin, and a description of the item that tells the story of the relationship. With these donations, the creators hoped it would be a way for the donors to find comfort and closure, “a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation: by contributing to the permanent collection,” as stated on the museum’s website.
If you’re interested, you can fill out an online donation form and you’ll get an email confirmation about how to submit your objects. All donations are accepted (unless they’re offensive or discriminatory) and will be a part of the museum’s collections, but only a select few can be exhibited at a time. You can find more information at the museum’s website, or on its Twitter account.