[EPISODE] Off Beat New York Museums You’ve Probably Never Heard About
Join us this week as we explore a number of New York’s unusual museums.
Jeff introduces his first guest Michelle Young to the show. Michelle gives some of her background and explains how she made the transition from fashion into founding Untapped Cities in 2009. Michelle then goes into a number of mobile museums that are placed throughout NYC. These museums bring a new way to educate residents and students who might not have as easy access to museums. She then goes into some other unique museums, like Torah Animal World, which has taxidermic displays of al the animals from the Torah.
Michelle goes into what they do at Untapped Cities and the new edition of their guide book which will be coming out soon. Michelle talks about a museum located in a freight elevator in a building in Chinatown. The exhibitions focus on different problems and trends in the modern age. Another cool museum is the Veteran’s Museum, which you have to visit by appointment and has a shooting gallery in the basement. Michelle then talks about the various events that Untapped Cities hosts throughout the city. Sam and Michelle finish by discussing other interesting museums and even lighthouses.
Jeff begins by introducing his second guest Denny Daniel the founder of the Museum of Interesting Things. Denny talks about the “series of accidents” that lead him to his career and the founding of the museum. He’s been collecting things his whole life and his collection lead him to host what he calls a “traveling circus”. While Denny has the traveling museum he also has a physical location. His emphasis is on people’s interaction with the items in the museum in order to spur their curiosity. He also wants to encourage kids to get interested in tinkering and inventing.
Denny talks about the speakeasies that he holds that help him fund the museum. He hosts them once a month (last Sunday of every month) and everyone has a different theme. Denny then plays and goes into the history of some of the different gadgets and items that he brought to the studio. He brought a telegram, an ancient record player, a Ford Model T car horn, etc.