The Museum of Hangovers Is Now Open—Collecting Global Tales of Debauchery
The founder came up with the “first in the world” concept over drinks, of course.
If you consume alcohol, you’ve inevitably had a morning where you wake up with a terrible headache. Worst case scenario, you hide under the covers for the rest of the day. Better case scenario, you can laugh it off with your friends. But best case scenario, you land a spot in the new Museum of Hangovers.
The ridiculous-sounding but very real museum—billed as a “first in the world”—opened in Zagreb, Croatia, on December 1. According to CNN Travel, the project is the brainchild of Rino Dubokovic—a college student studying computer science. During a night out on the town, as his friends shared their tales of debauchery, he had the idea of manifesting them into a physical entity: “Some sort of collection where all these objects from drunk stories would be exposed together with their stories,” he stated. Six months later, the museum opened, funnily enough, in the building adjacent to the watering hole where he dreamed up the concept.
Despite the name, the Museum of Hangovers isn’t just for the next morning: Drunk stories are welcome, as well. And beyond simply glorifying overindulgence, Dubokovic explained to CNN, “In the future, we want to make people aware of the bad things related to alcohol.”
The museum already covers both sides of the story. According to a promotional video, guests can win free entrance by completing the tricky task of hitting a bullseye on a dartboard while wearing “drunk goggles.” (Otherwise, tickets are about $4.50.) Other areas recreate “the zig-zaggy walk home from the bar” and let you drive a “drunk car simulator.”
Exhibits include a display of objects people found the morning after a night out and a chalkboard where visitors can add their own “Woke up with” anecdotes. And yes, you can drink there, too: playing “Drinkopoloy” and downing shots of Croatian Rakija.
Currently in “test concept” form, Dubokovic told CNN that, so far, the response has been positive, and he hopes to raise enough money to make the museum permanent—and larger. But beyond monetary support, as VinePair points out, the Museum of Hangovers is currently soliciting “your hangover story” on their website.