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Jordi Lippe-McGraw
June 13, 2016

Welcome to the one place that considers your messy breakup a work of art. The Museum of Broken Relationships in Los Angeles, which opened on June 4, is filled with donated objects from people around the world.

The unique museum is broken up into themed rooms based on different types of relationships, including those between coworkers or business partners, lovers, family members, and friends. “Some relationships end—with lovers, with loved ones, with dreams and with cities,” reads its website, Brokenships.la. “If you’ve wished to unburden the emotional load by erasing everything that reminds you of that painful experience by throwing it all away—don’t. Give it to us.”

About 100 items will be display for six months before a new series of objects are showcased. The submissions range in type from text messages to more intimate items. “I never thought we’d get more than one submission of belly button lint, but we have,” Alexis Hyde, the museum’s Los Angeles director, told Newsweek. “These things have emotional value.”

As it turns out, belly button lint is just one of many quirky items the museum has on display:

1. Transplant caregiver manual

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It was a donation from a woman whose boyfriend broke up with her after he underwent a double lung transplant.    

2. Cheerleader costume

"He was a Nebraska football fan so naturally I ordered myself a vintage cheerleader's outfit. How could I not,” reads the description. “The night he ended things I almost put the uniform on in anticipation of him getting home. Thankfully [I] opted for a flannel PJset instead."  

3. Vintage stratton compact

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“I didn't see him pocket it and was surprised when he handed it to me a few hours later, wrapped up in notebook paper,” a woman wrote about her shoplifted present.  

4. Butterfly wings

A man made his fiancée’s Halloween costume before finding out she cheated on him.  

5. Wedding dress in a jar

One divorced woman couldn’t bring herself to throw away her wedding dress, so instead she stuffed it into a pickle jar.    

6. Silicone implants

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A woman had her breast implants removed after the guy who convinced her to get them dumped her.    

7. Battered garden gnome

The playful character saw its demise after being thrown at the car windshield of an ex flame.

8. Dinosaur piñata

"This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received,” reads the description. “I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."    

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