Three Totally Unconventional Museums Featured in TED Talks

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We love TED Talks.  The ideas and passions that shine through them inspire us.  As we were researching the amazing TED Talks about museums, we found a really interesting trend.  There are lots of talks about unique, unconventional museums, such as ones that draw on human emotion or in places we’d never think a museum could exist.

Check out these great TED Talks below.  You might just get inspired to start a unique new exhibit!

Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's statue of a couple underwater taking a selfie, as discussed in his TED Talk

An Underwater Art Museum, Teeming with Life

Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor uses the ocean as his muse…and also thinks it could be something more.  Taylor creates sculptures of human forms and life on land, then sinks them to the ocean floor.  The sculptures’ transformation into vibrant habitats is mind-blowing, and reminds us that museums can be much more than presentations of objects frozen in time.  Watch the entire talk in the video below:

The Museum of Four in the Morning

What do you do at 4 a.m.?  What have people in the past done at 4 a.m.?  Inspired by a Nobel Prize-winning author’s poem, Rives became obsessed by what we do at this early hour.  In 2007, he shared his obsession at TED2007, and was quickly inundated with obscure, hilarious references to 4 a.m.  What he’s compiled could be the first-ever museum dedicated solely to an hour of the day. Watch his entire talk in the video below:

Museum of Broken Relationships

Inspired by her own break up experience, Olinka Vištica co-founded a museum that soon received donations from around the world.  The results document one of the most fundamental aspects of human existence: love and loss.  Her museum won the Kenneth Hudson Award for most innovative museum in 2011, and has brought to light a fundamental way of engaging audiences based on personal experiences.  Watch her entire talk in the video below:

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