Museum explores past relationships of anonymous lovers

Photos by Cristina Pimentel

Photos by Cristina Pimentel


Just off Hollywood and Highland in downtown LA, a large two-toned building attracts the eyes of many. The Museum of Broken Relationships is a place for visitors to explore broken love and personal experiences. It is LA’s unique story telling, where writers are encouraged to share their broken relationships, what it means to us, and how we can all learn and grow from them. 

Inspired by the first exhibit that opened in Zagreb, Croatia in 2010, this LA location opened its doors on June 4, 2016. It began with two Zagreb artists who were together for four years. Soon after their break up, they wondered what people did with the belongings left behind after their relationships. Their friends began donating items from their past lovers and the collection was born - creating the concept of the museums. 

The museum is composed of objects donated anonymously by the public from all over the world. While people read through each plaque, they come to reflect on their own past and experience a wave of emotions. Some stories are very somber and sad, others are hopeful and uplifting. Each object sends a message, but they vary based on who reads it.  

Relationships with family members, boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, cities and religions are exposed in both positive and negative ways. 

This exhibit allows the donator to tell the story behind the object, capturing its value and significance. It can be relatable, heart-wrenching, and life learning.

The museum does a rotation of objects every six months. Old donations are replenished with newer ones to keep the exhibit more exciting and interesting for visitors.

With its riveting and empathetic experiences displayed at the heart of LA, The Museum of Broken Relationships is the perfect place for hopeless and hopeful romantics.

Location: 6751 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 11am-6pm, Thursday: 11am-7pm, Friday-Saturday: 12pm-8pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm

Cost: General Admission $18

Students and Military (with ID) $15

Seniors (65+) $15

(Tickets available online and at the door)

(323) 892-1200