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World's tiniest museum opens in Somerville

Posted by Jarret Bencks  August 15, 2013 09:23 AM

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Tucked in a crack between a pub and a sandwich shop in Union Square is what may be the world's smallest museum.

The gallery for M┬Áseum -- also called the Micro Museum -- is 16 inches wide, 8 inches deep, and 10 inches tall, with a facade featuring two tiny pillars. It is fixed on some bricks about 4 1/2 feet off the ground.

The museum is holding its grand opening Thursday evening at 72 1/2 Union Square, in between the Independent and a Subway restaurant.

Judith Klausner, the founder of the Micro Museum, calls the location of one the "little non-spaces" of urban development.

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"There are these little bits and pieces of space that are either ignored, or filled up with trash," she said.

Protected by a sheet of plexiglass, the three-wall gallery inside features movable track lighting that's solar powered, and enough space for several very, very small pieces of art.

The first exhibition, "Invisible Cities," features six works, some made for the museum and others that were pre-existing, and all made by local artists, Klausner said. The museum was inspired by Klausner's love for small, overlooked things, and a desire to provide a space for local art.

"There really aren't a lot of spaces for showing local art," Klausner said. "Real estate is so expensive, being able to afford the space is a huge obstacle."

Using a little ribbon and a tiny pair of scissors, the museum will celebrate its grand opening Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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