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New York’s smallest museum

Museum is the smallest, and possibly weirdest, museum in New York. It measures 60 square feet. The museum in Chinatown is accessible 24 hours a day through three peep holes on its metal doors and is open on weekends. (Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times)
Alex Kalman, above, and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie founded the museum. “We believe that you can learn a lot about the world by reading newspapers, but you can also approach society from the other extreme: the smallest elements of society, the most basic things, and how they reveal what we’re going through,” Kalman said.  (Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times)
A display of toothpaste tubes. The founders of Museum say their project is not meant to be quirky; their goal is to celebrate the beauty of everyday objects and the stories behind them. (Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times)
Museum includes the shoe thrown at former President George W. Bush by an Iraqi journalist. “It’s just a shoe..., but at the same time this has immense historical and cultural significance,” Kalman said. (Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times)
For months, most of the visitors to Museum were people who wandered over to ask docent Natalie Guevara why she was sitting on a folding chair in an alley. “Over time, it really became a destination,” said Guevara, a 27-year-old volunteer. (Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times)