Sunday, 7 September 2014

Mending Hearts at the Museum of Broken Relationships

Call me a pessimist if you will (everyone does, I won't judge you) but don't you find that sometimes when you travel you build a place up before you've got there? Whether it's a town, or a particular spot that you've read about. You've got an idea in your head of what it's going to be like and the more you build it up the higher your expectations become. Yet you know in reality it will never live up to that.

That was how I felt approaching the Museum of Broken Relationships.

image courtesy of Museum of Broken Relationships press page


Broken Relationships was started in 2006 as a travelling exhibit visiting various cities around the world (in researching for this post I discovered it had an exhibit at the Southbank Centre, London and was gutted that I didn't realise since I'd been in London only a couple of days ago & missed it). After visiting various places, the Museum was realised in Zagreb where it has settled attracting visitors from all around the world.

I knew from the first time I heard of it that it would be up my street. It kind of sounded like a project similar to Post Secret (which I have been obsessed with since it first started, it is not Sunday in my world if I haven't read secrets first thing in the morning). It's not because I'm a pessimist, but because I have very different idea's on love and life than your average girl. I've known my whole life that people have difficult choices to make, and sometimes they're unavoidable and sometimes there are grey area's because life isn't perfect.

The exhibits in the museum (which anyone can send) don't just relate to lovers. It's everything from broken friendships, to broken families, to a letter from a daughter to her mother who had killed herself. There are funny stories, and heartbreaker's. You will go through all of the emotion's whilst you read people's stories. They are normal people like you and I, teen sweethearts, stories of divorce, of father's and son's, mother's and daughter's.

The exhibit that made me laugh out loud was a linksys router with the caption "We just didn't connect". The one that made me cry (and I'm one of those girls who doesn't cry in the right places in soppy movies) was the story of two teenager's becoming refugee's in Albania/ Kosovo who promised to meet again someday when they left the refugee camp and never did. Owing to where the Museum is in the world, there are a couple stories similar to this.

The exhibits are all relatable because in one way or another everyone's life has been affected by love. It's something every single person can relate to and so the museum becomes more personal than anywhere else you'll visit. On their website, the museum states that they hope the exhibits can "inspire our search for deeper insight and strengthen our belief in something more meaningful than random suffering".

My favourite exhibit is the one below, maybe it's because it is the one I most relate to, writing a pro/ con list. I just think it's the cutest kind of love:


My favourite exhibit from Broken Relationships

Did it live up to my expectations?

Yes!

Even with years of building it up in my head it exceeded them. It is the only museum I've visited that I'd go back to. If you can feel your heart beating you should go and visit. If you've ever loved anyone, or anything you should go visit. It makes you realise that no matter how difficult you are finding life, your relationships with friends/ parents/ boyfriends/ girlfriends someone else has been there and someone else is facing each day and getting through it, and if they can do it, then you can too. It makes you feel less alone in the world. And sometimes, it warms your heart so much that you realise that in the end it will all be worth it. All the stories, no matter how sad or happy will warm your heart, because at the end of the day you have to keeping breaking a heart until it opens.

The Museum of Broken Relationships is sign posted through Zagreb's city centre and can be found at ─ćirilometodska 2, Zagreb (in the Kulmer Palace in the Upper Town). 
Opening hours are 09:00- 22.30 in the summer and 09.00- 21.00h in the winter. 
Admission is 25kn.

 

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21 comments:

  1. I loved this place so much. I'm not a museum person, yet this was my favourite museum ever. Some of the stories were tender, others weird, others heartbreaking. Worth a trip to Zagreb in my opinion.

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    1. Me either, I'm rubbish at museum's usually, but loved this place.

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  2. I haven't been to Croatia yet, but I would love to go, and make a visit to this museum! I find normal museums to be really really boring, but this kind of thing is right up my alley. It sounds weird to say that I'd enjoy reading stories of other people's heartbreak, but I'm a romantic at heart, and like you said, you realize you're not so alone with your own heartbreak stories.

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    1. Definitely don't skip Zagreb in general, this was a highlight, but still! Zagreb is in general pretty aweosme.

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  3. I was in Zagreb just a few months ago, and I really wanted to go here. Unfortunately, time just didn't allow it. As museums go, I love this concept -- you're right, love is something that everyone can relate to. I'll have to check it out on my next trip to Croatia!

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    1. It is such a great museum, I'm usually not a fan of Museum's but I love Museum of Broken Relationships

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  4. I'm so glad you loved this place as much as I did! :) You would never think that rooms full of letters & random objects would be both wildly entertaining and incredibly moving. The refugee story and the mother leaving a suicide note for her kids just broke my heart, and I cracked up at the "toaster of vengeance." Seriously, this place is so worth a visit!

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    1. Ugh, I couldn't even, with the suicide note :( I had a bit of a cry after that one. It's an incredible museum :)

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  5. That's a really interesting concept for a museum. It's like getting to peek into people's minds. How fascinating ... and heartbreaking, too.

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    1. Isn't it? It's awesome, such an amazing place.

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  6. Oh my, that does sound fascinating!

    I like the way you left us hanging til the end as to weather it was worth it. With that build up... :)

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    1. Haha, thanks, definitely worth it. Definitely worth the rollercoaster of emotions.

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  7. I haven't heard of this museum before but now I really want to go. What a great idea for a museum though you may not think so with just letters and random objects. It sounds fascinating to just read the letters and I'm sure relatable on many different levels. It also looks like an emotional ride.

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    1. Go! Go now! It is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster :)

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  8. I'm constantly kicking myself for not going in this museum. I walked right past it, peered in the windows and the kept on going. It sounds like a fascinating look into human relationships. I love PostSecret too! I always look forward to the new postcards every week.

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  9. Phew, I am so glad that it lived up to the hype! I have linked to this post in my big Croatia things to do post http://www.chasingthedonkey.com/what-to-do-on-holidays-in-croatia/ as it was that good! Big thanks for linking up with us for #SundayTraveler again.

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  10. So unique! Unfortunately, they don't have any tours currently scheduled. :-(

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  11. I think it is so nice that you read such a nice poem about sea creatures. We did not do the same in my school a long time ago. Custom custom essay is also a good help.

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