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Mundane items ooze love, loss at failed-relationships museum

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/29/2016 CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press
Amber Clisura poses for a picture next to the meat smoker she donated at the new Museum of Broken Relationships Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Los Angeles. The four-legged smoker had been a treasured handmade gift, but eventually Clisura couldn’t bear to look at it. The Museum of Broken Relationships displays artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) © The Associated Press Amber Clisura poses for a picture next to the meat smoker she donated at the new Museum of Broken Relationships Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Los Angeles. The four-legged smoker had been a treasured handmade gift, but eventually Clisura couldn’t bear to look at it. The Museum of Broken Relationships displays artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new Museum of Broken Relationships in Los Angeles displays artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances.

Amber Clisura poses for a picture next to the meat smoker she donated to the new Museum of Broken Relationships Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Museum of Broken Relationships displays artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) © The Associated Press Amber Clisura poses for a picture next to the meat smoker she donated to the new Museum of Broken Relationships Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Museum of Broken Relationships displays artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

A single stiletto heel. A wine opener. A worn old Snoopy doll. But when isolated in a glass case or hanging on a white wall and accompanied by a caption, the objects become imbued with heartache or regret. Or freedom.

An envelope of leaves mailed from Canada to San Diego so a long-distance paramour could experience changing seasons in Southern California is displayed at the Los Angeles branch of the Museum of Broken Relationships Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in Los Angeles. The Museum of Broken Relationships displays artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) © The Associated Press An envelope of leaves mailed from Canada to San Diego so a long-distance paramour could experience changing seasons in Southern California is displayed at the Los Angeles branch of the Museum of Broken Relationships Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in Los Angeles. The Museum of Broken Relationships displays artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The original museum opened in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2010 after growing out of a touring collection that had crisscrossed Europe, Asia and the U.S.

A jar of pickles purchased for a first love is displayed at the new Museum of Broken Relationships Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in Los Angeles. The Museum of Broken Relationships displays artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) © The Associated Press A jar of pickles purchased for a first love is displayed at the new Museum of Broken Relationships Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in Los Angeles. The Museum of Broken Relationships displays artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

At the LA site, pieces are displayed across six exhibition rooms in a ground-floor location that lures tourists who stroll Hollywood Boulevard. Visitors pay $18 admission and are encouraged to pop into a private "confessional," where they can write about their own breakups.

A meat smoker is displayed at the Museum of Broken Relationships Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Los Angeles. After her husband asked for a divorce, Amber Clisura gave back her engagement ring, kicked him out of the house and tossed everything that reminded her of the ruined marriage. Except for one item: a polished steel barbecue smoker that her future ex-husband had fashioned for her from an old oil drum. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

A meat smoker is displayed at the Museum of Broken Relationships Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Los Angeles. After her husband asked for a divorce, Amber Clisura gave back her engagement ring, kicked him out of the house and tossed everything that reminded her of the ruined marriage. Except for one item: a polished steel barbecue smoker that her future ex-husband had fashioned for her from an old oil drum. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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