"The Museum of Broken Relationships is an exhibit revolving around the artifacts of our broken relationships," the museum's director, Alexis Hyde, explains. "They're the kind of things that you don't want to throw away, you're too attached to to donate ... not a lot of monetary value here, but the types of things that you'd probably save in a fire."
Hyde is speaking in a video for BuzzFeed in which heartbroken people visit the exhibit and connect with the artifacts on an emotional level. The participants include one woman who broke up with her boyfriend of one year just a month ago, a woman who divorced from her husband of 10 years, and a man dumped three months prior.
As they explore, the museum-goers study objects such as a dog collar light, a blue blouse, and an empty bottle of toothpaste.
"The boyfriend always used the same type of toothpaste and then once the partner got to the end of this toothpaste, that was like the end of the relationship after he was gone," one man says.
At the end of the video, the heartbroken participants reflect on their time in the museum and the positive things they gained from experiencing it.
"It's helpful to know that you're not alone, of course, but also that you can have a sense of humor. It's better to embrace the silly than just sort of bottle it up and wallow," the man continues.
"Having an outlet is freedom," another woman concludes with a smile.
Be sure to watch the full video below for more: