I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Where-To-Go Wednesday - The Museum of Interesting Things

We were given a complimentary visit to The Museum of Interesting Things for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own. 

What: The Museum of Interesting Things

Where: 60 8th Street
              New York, NY 

Who: All ages

Me - I learned a lot at the Museum of Interesting Things. Denny Daniel has a lot of antique and retro objects, machines, gadgets, and more. It was so compelling learning about some of the objects in his collection. One of my favorites was an old-fashioned device for watching movies which I think may have been called a Kinetoscope. Only one person can watch at a time. You look through the top and turn the handle and watch a silent movie. Another favorite was an old-fashioned time clock. It was so entertaining visiting the museum that time passed really quickly, too quickly, as a matter of fact. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to spend even more time and learn about even more of the objects in the collection. Denny is such a nice person to talk to, and he has so many great stories to tell. I would definitely recommend visiting his museum or going to one of his Speakeasies. 

Mom - A visit to the Museum of Interesting Things is extremely fascinating and fun. You never know what you'll see there. An old-fashioned radio that turns into a TV, an early record player, an organ grinder's music box, these are only a few of the many objects that you might get to see see and learn about at the museum. The museum is very interactive as well. Not only will you get to see the objects, but you will also have the opportunity to try many of them out as well. You'll even get the opportunity to unbox a new object in the collection and be featured in a video that will be posted to the museum's YouTube page. The Museum is just so engaging that no matter how much time you spend there, it will never be enough. You'll just wish you could to stay longer. 

Before visiting the museum, it is important to note, however, that not only can you obviously not stay forever, you also cannot just drop into the museum anytime you want or on the spur of the moment. It is located in an apartment building and accordingly, there is no regular schedule of open hours. Therefore, all visits must be arranged in advance with the owner and proprietor, Denny Daniel. We also would not recommend the museum for very young children who would not be as fascinating by learning about the objects Denny has to show as older children and adults. Also, they would not be able to resist the urge to run around and grab and touch things that they are not supposed to. However, private showings of items from the collection to school and other groups can be arranged to fit any age group. 

In addition to the museum, Denny runs Speakeasies every weekend in which he talks about different objects related to a particular theme. Past and/or upcoming themes have included the 80s, The History of Film and Photography, The Windup Circus, The History of Communication, and more. He also does private showings for school and other groups as previously mentioned.

For more about the Museum of Interesting Things  or any of the Speakeasies, and/or to arrange a visit or private showing in a school or other location, visit museumofinterestingthings.org

And that's our view.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

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