“We are idiot, younger-sons of gods, begotten in dotages divine; and our mothers all miscarry.” —Herman Melville
Welcome to the Museum of Folly (MoFo), the world's largest museum devoted to the art of foolishness. Our collection comprises more than 2,600,000 objects, and new works are added irregularly.
The objects in our collection date from classical times to the present and include works from all corners of the globe. Highlights of the collection range from the wineskin from which the ancient Greek philospher Silenus drank before being ridden like a donkey by his beloved to a shiny computer on which John McCain proved unable to locate the internet without assistance, and from a jar of lice collected by the Zen teacher Ryokwan to an assemblage of custard pies that were prepared for Mack Sennett but never flung.
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Having outgrown its previous quarters in the basement of the Civic Center parking garage, the Museum of Folly is delighted to be nearly ready to reopen in a grand new building designed by the acclaimned architect Louis F. St.-Glinglin. Much of the building remains under construction at this time, and only a limited number of galleries are open, wherein objects are on display in new nonglare plexiglass cases -- we are offering limited special access at this time for select donors connoisseurs who wish a sneak peak at coming attractions.
To fully benefit from the museum's displays, we recommend that you begin anywhere and wander as you wish.
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