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Quirky Museums: Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia

A rather unusual yet noteworthy museum that is dedicated to the collaborative sharing and healing effort of lost love relationships is named the Museum of Broken Relationships. Its founders, Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić created the museum in 2006 as a universal means of bonding and reflection via the written word as an outlet to heal emotional trauma. The appeal of the site has struck some as odd but others as a wonderful addition to the museum community.

The concept of the museum is best described as an ever-expanding body of work that highlights mementos and pictures of significant objects from the dissolution of romantic relationships with a personal anecdote from the owner and poster. The impetus of the museum is to use its platform to provide a creative outlet to process the "grief and loss" of the relationship while aiding in the healing journey.

The platform has a few ways that you can interact: the Login to Share link which allows the user to share a break-up story, image, or location as well as the Time-Lock feature which allows you to put your virtual submission in a vault, out of sight, out of mind.

The popularity of the museum has culminated in a touring exhibition and garnered in-person locations in Los Angeles-temporarily closed for now- and Zagreb, Croatia. It’s certainly worth a look: additions to the museum include Empty Bag of Fortune Cookies Attached to a Starbucks Cup, 2 Claddagh Rings, and A Galileo Thermometer. The museum can be found at: and on Facebook/Meta, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

Photo Courtesy © Museum of Broken Relationships

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