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Museum of Failure Opens in Los Angeles

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Updated: 2 March 2018
Author C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” A new museum will showcase over 100 of these “finger posts” when it comes to Los Angeles’ A+D Architecture and Design Museum on December 2.

The Museum of Failure hails from Sweden, but will present its fantastic array of duds to West Coast visitors this winter. Founder Dr. Samuel West came up with the idea while researching corporate innovation, which is sometimes anything but. Items in the collection include the Apple Newton, Donald Trump’s version of Monolopy, Colgate’s frozen lasagna, and the Google Glass (which, while commercially unsuccessful, did give us the term Glasshole).

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Museum of Failure Confession Booth | Courtesy of Author

“At large, as a society, we are too obsessed with success and underestimate failure,” West said via a release. “I started the Museum of Failure out of frustration—it’s time we accept failure, learn from it, and truly achieve progress. I am thrilled to bring the hilarious, yet impactful memories of these colossal flops to Los Angeles.”

The Museum of Failure highlights over 100 failed objects | Courtesy of The Museum of Failure

Los Angeles has already embraced another European import documenting situations gone awry: Croatia’s Museum of Broken Relationships. Visitors to the museum’s Hollywood outpost may inspect dozens of relics from doomed couplings, each one presented with a card that explains how and why the relationship failed and what the object represents. Though neither museum is particularly cheery, there is catharsis and humor to be found in acknowledging defeat and moving on to better things.

The Museum of Failure operates from December 2 to February 4. Tickets are $15 for adults; $8 for seniors, military, and A+D members; and free for children 12 and under.

A+D Architecture and Design Museum, 900 E 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 346 9734