There are museums and then there are museums. Some house the world’s most exquisite works of art executed by world masters, while others feature objects, both everyday and exotic, from the darker, less understood sides of life. Such a museum is the world’s tiniest; Mmuseumm, located in a former freight elevator shaft on Cortlandt Alley in downtown New York City. No, the name isn’t misspelled, but its rotating display of artifacts is like no other in the world both because of their nature and the manner in which they are housed.

How did this odd museum come to be?

Considered a modern natural history museum, "Mmuseumm" is the creation of three filmmaker friends; Alex Kalman and Josh and Benny Safdie. These unlikely business entrepreneurs had their office in a building where the landlord announced he would be improving appearances by transforming the eyesore created by the building’s vacant elevator shaft into an attractive cluster of small art studios.

The three young men quickly made the decision to transform a diminutive space on the ground floor into a uniqueNew York tourist attraction where they could neatly organize and display what they called, “modern day artifacts.”

What kinds of artifacts can such a small museum display space hold?

They come from all over the world (the artifacts, not the visitors.

It isn’t easy to find this dubious New York City tourist attraction, as it is located at the end of a small alley on an almost forgotten downtown street. It’s worth finding, however, for nowhere else can one view such things as: plastic vomit from all over the world; a collection of mutilated money; piercing profession teaching sculptures depicting body parts, both mentionable and unmentionable and X-rated paper items from the storage unit of American pornographer and publisher of Screw Magazine, Al Goldstein.

The collections change and in the past have included such odd displays as a plastic glove from Paradise Valley, Montana; weapons made from household stuff; objects found floating, but otherwise minding their own business in the Pacific Ocean and unexpected paper things left in office copying machines.

What are the two most unusual objects currently on display at the New York Mmuseumm?

While all of the items featured at this New York City museum qualify as strange and unusual, perhaps the collection of Disney-themed bullet-proof Kevlar backpacks and the shoe thrown by a disgruntled journalist at President George Bush during his December 2008 speech at the Prime Minister's Palace in Baghdad shine under a very strange spotlight.

The backpacks adorned with innocuous images of Winnie The Pooh and Princess Avenger, sold for $300 each and were manufactured after the terrible Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, in back in 2012.

This tiny New York City museum can fit only three people inside its narrow walls at a time. Kate Spade, the purse empress, is the chief financial backer of this enterprise. Believe it or not, other features include a gift shop hanging from the wall, a mini espresso café and a small screen for video programming.

Although the museum is only officially open on weekends from 11-7pm, if you happen to wander across the back alleyways of downtown New York and come across the weird metal door with windows resembling slots, just take a peek inside where all of the items are continuously illuminated.

After all, where would they put away these things?

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