The Museum of Memories is a colorful art installation popup in Dallas created by Steffi Lynn Tsai, along with her brother and a childhood friend. Tsai’s pop-up is perfect for people who grew up in the 90s and 2000 era, there are a lot of nostalgic references to classic teen movies like Clueless and Mean Girls as well as cartoons and lyrics from iconic pop songs. If you have seen photos from Icecream Museum or Color Factory and other interactive art installations, this is similar but I love the happy theme behind it.
Each of the 8 rooms is filled with pretty colors, oversized props, and pieces you will recognize from your childhood. We took our teenage kids and my nephew who was visiting us from Atlanta. They were like little kids running around and exploring the rooms and just having fun — we snapped some photos and had a blast in the colorful, creative and interactive art installation.
I loved the coral colored kitchen that made me feel like we were in an old advertisement for soap or sliced bread
A little about Steffi, the artist behind the Museum of Memories Popup
Museum of Memories is fully painted and designed by Steffi Lynn Tsai (@haveanicedayy_) with the mission to evoke happiness within each of the museum’s visitors. She was raised in Texas where she lived her whole life and then moved to New York to study illustration at Pratt. After college Steffi worked incredibly hard to start my own business. Coming from a background where it’s more encouraged to go into fields like medicine and business, she pushed the boundaries and rules to doodle/draw, and create growing up. Steffi after graduating from the Pratt Institute in New York began working on freelance art projects while in college and the opening of the pop-up marks another milestone for her.
The museum is based heavily on some of the experiences Steffi had growing up, whether that be eating cereal for Saturday morning cartoons, or having my a collection of diaries, everything is picked on purpose and to evoke specific feelings. Walking through the different rooms you get that flashback feeling like you are transported to that era!
What we loved about the Museum of Memories Popup
What I love about the museum is that every single piece of artwork in the Museum of Memories is hand-painted and illustrated by artist Steffi Lyn. It is very creative and inspirational. Each of the rooms inside has a different color and theme, there was a room in green with a playground and seesaw, a bright coral colored kitchen, a yellow bathtub, a breakfast room with cartoons on the wall and oversized props, a girly room with a diary and giant pen, monochromatic rooms — all throwback pieces you’ll recognize as some of the best memories of your childhood!
Steffi wanted to create this Museum of Memories to evoke feelings of joy, positivity, nostalgia and be able to share it with the world. She definitely succeeded! While I can see how it is going become an Instagram sensation in Dallas with all the young adults, bloggers and Instagrammers wanting to take some cool photos, it is also a fun place for the kids to play. All the displays interactive and immersive, where kids are welcome to come and play as well, they had giant balls to toss around and my teen loved it. They took a photo against some of the word walls which soon became their profile photos.
While we were leaving the next group of visitors came in with kids in tow and I could hear them squealing in delight as they entered the cereal room!
Photos from the Museum of Memories Popup
Talking about toddler park days perhaps. How fast they grow up, I still remember these two as toddlers running amuck in the park.
Museum of Memories is only here in Dallas till the end of summer, so go ahead and plan a visit and relive some of your childhood memories and make some new ones. See their website for ticket information (https://www.museumofmemories.art), and their Instagram for a look inside this colorful popup (https://www.instagram.com/heymuseumofmemories/)
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