Permanent collection collects the relics of romance to display universality of heartbreak

After a tumultuous break up, it is easy to create a shrine to the relationship that once was. Los Angeles now has a whole museum set up to evoke the emotions and realities of heartbreak through the leftover relics of romance, called the Museum of Broken Relationships.

Museum director Alexis Hyde and her staff collected over 250 donated artifacts from ended relationships and the stories behind them. While the museum itself might appear like a home decorator gone wild, each item represents a different break up. It is as much a testament to being let go romantically as our fear of letting things go. All donations are presented anonymously, though Hyde tells Vice that giving up these ruins of a relationship can be cathartic:

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