What do cavemen, Vincent Van Gogh, the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, and Kim Kardashian have in common? All were pioneers of their time in the art of the selfie – a term that has become a part of our regular vernacular and an occurrence that happens on average 2.4 million times a day on social media alone. A new museum opening in Los Angeles this winter will enable guests to explore the genesis of this social phenomenon through the lens of history, art, science, and culture, all while providing the ability to take a variety of visually-stimulating selfies inside the interactive and immersive exhibits: The Museum of Selfies.  
Open for a limited time in Los Angeles, The Museum of Selfies is an interactive museum that explores the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie – an image of oneself taken by oneself – with historical roots dating back 40,000 years to the first depiction of human art. Apologies to  Ms. Paris Hilton about claiming to invent the selfie — The Museum of Selfies begs to differ and can explain why, as well as explain the cultural origins of this manmade phenomenon. The interactive exhibit allows visitors to create art of their own through the lens of history, art, and immersive vignettes. Your inner narcissist – whether you like to admit it or not – will be ecstatic. 
The Museum of Selfies will feature various one-of-a-kind exhibits dedicated to the most popular image categories spanning mankind, including: the “high-up selfie,” a vertigo-inducing, rooftop selfie mimicking the top of skyscraper;  the “bathroom selfie,” a two-sided room that lacks self-reflection but excellent for trick photography; the “food selfie,” a super-sized exhibit that satisfies taste buds and foodie fanatics; a “narcissist” exhibit examining the number of deaths from selfie-related accidents while also offering a lesson in Greek mythology; and many other unique selfie opportunities that are reminiscent of today and of centuries ago. The museum will also feature works from modern artists from around the world providing their provocative and creative vision of the selfie phenomenon. Furthermore, a proposed Guinness Book of World Records item that will be unveiled at the grand opening and will remain on display throughout the pop-up experience. 
Regardless of one’s perception of the selfie sensation, the museum offers a highly-visual and educational experience with every installation while also encouraging the inner-artist to post and initiate a discussion of the origin of selfies and their meanings.  And while other museums may have banned them, selfie sticks aren’t just allowed inside, they are encouraged.  The Museum of Selfies is located at 211 N. Brand Boulevard in Glendale, CA and will be opening in January 2018. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 12-8 p.m., and weekends from 12-10 p.m.  Ticket prices are $25 and kids under three are free. For more information and to find out when tickets go on sale, visit


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