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The Smallest Museums and Galleries in the World

We are completely enamored with small spaces, which is why we’ve explored tiny houses, slender buildings, delightful dwellings on micro islands, and more. After reading an interview with Alex Kalman, co-founder of alleyway institution Museum (located inside an abandoned freight elevator), we went searching for more of the smallest art and culture spaces the world has to offer. These museums and galleries are minuscule, but contain big ideas and fascinating finds. Visit some of the greatest compact cultural institutions in the world, below.

Photo credit: Naho Kubota

Photo credit: Naho Kubota

Photo credit: Naho Kubota

Photo credit: Naho Kubota

The newest incarnation of the generically-titled Museum includes “personal ephemera from Al Goldstein, the rocks and tools from Tom Sach’s Mars expedition, objects made for prisoners or by prisoners in US prisons, fake vomit from around the world, tip jars collected by Jim Walrod, surf and turf potato chips, and more.” The strange assemblage of objects from around the world are displayed along a Lower Manhattan alley, inside an abandoned freight elevator. “For us, Museum was about creating an institution that celebrates the extraordinariness of the seemingly ordinary,” co-founder Alex Kalman related in a new interview with Collectors Weekly.

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