The exhibition, set to open in Los Angeles, looks at the history of selfies as far back as 40,000 years ago

Selfies. Are they a form of art? Or the height of vanity and self-indulgence? Hoping to provoke questions just like this, the Museum of Selfies will open its doors in Los Angeles this April with an exhibition that seeks to understand the phenomenon that is the selfie.

Though most often captured today through the front-facing lens on a smartphone, the Museum of Selfies puts selfies in the context of history, stretching back 40,000 years to include prehistoric art that shows how self-portraits capture one of the most primal and innately human aspects of our species. Moving forward through time, the exhibition has several different sections that capture important moments in “selfie history” including Paris Hilton's claim to inventing of the word in 2006, as well as an area dedicated to “the art of the narcissist” that showcases people's most self-indulgent selfie-taking behaviors.

“The Museum of Selfies promises to share the unseen depths and history of this cultural phenomenon. Whether you love them or hate them, you won’t see selfies the same way again,” reads a description on the museum's website.

Of course, what would a museum dedicated to selfies be without plenty of opportunities for visitors to take their own shots? Interactive exhibits will allow guests to capture unique selfies, and because admission to the museum is timed and limited, there shouldn't be any long lines getting in the way of capturing the perfect selfie. All of this will be available to guests for the admission price of $25.

The Museum of Selfies is the creation of stand-up comedian Tair Mamedov and writer Tommy Honton, best known for his work with immersive experiences and storytelling, including escape rooms and video games. It is not the first such exhibition to open. Last year, for instance, the Saatchi Gallery in London explored similar themes in an exhibit called “From Selfie to Self-Expression.” Seoul's Trick Eye Museum, meanwhile, does away with the guise of history entirely and is an unabashed venue just for taking unique selfies using augmented reality.

Museum of Selfies

Selfies. Are they a form of art? Or the height of vanity and self-indulgence? Hoping to provoke questions just like this, the Museum of Selfies will open its doors in Los Angeles this April with an exhibition that seeks to understand the phenomenon that is the selfie.

Though most often captured today through the front-facing lens on a smartphone, the Museum of Selfies puts selfies in the context of history, stretching back 40,000 years to include prehistoric art that shows how self-portraits capture one of the most primal and innately human aspects of our species. Moving forward through time, the exhibition has several different sections that capture important moments in “selfie history” including Paris Hilton's claim to inventing of the word in 2006, as well as an area dedicated to “the art of the narcissist” that showcases people's most self-indulgent selfie-taking behaviors.