I’ve mentioned many times in the past that I’m a fan of odd and strange museums. When thinking of some that fit this description, a museum dedicated to french fries and another all about currywurst come to mind.
I could go on mentioning some more weird ones, but a recently opened museum in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York might take top prize….
A couple of Brooklyn roommates in Williamsburg have decided to turn a hallway in their apartment into what I’d guess is the world’s first and only museum dedicated to Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.
They got some help to get it going thanks to a Kickstarter campaign where they raised $2,036 from 150 backers…
Some of you might be ask who are Harding and Kerrigan but others might remember the duo from the 1994 Olympics. Harding and her ex-husband were involved in planning an attack on Kerrigan so she wouldn’t be able to compete in the figure skating event. Less than two months after being injured she won the silver medal.
I remember following the Olympics that year along with this soap opera of a story. It definitely seemed more like something you’d see on a television show than a real story.
The museum is called Matt & Viviana’s Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum.
Matt and Viviana, both comedians got inspiration for the museum after watching a documentary on ESPN called The Price of Gold “that broke down the entire ice skating saga” according to an article from AOL.com.
The hallway museum tells the story of the 1994 Olympic controversy with a wall being given to each skater. The article also mentions that the museum “relied heavily on donations and whatever the duo uncovered on Ebay“.
Since the museum is located in an apartment, you can’t just drop in for a visit. You’ll need to put in your request online.
So who’s interested in checking out this creative, bizarre and strange museum? I am and considering its located close to home and in a neighborhood where we go out quite a bit, I’ve already sent in my request!
I first came across news of this museum from the Village Voice which has loads of photos from inside the museum. I then did a Google search and found out more details in an article from AOL. (Who knew AOL still existed?!)