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What You'll Get
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- $15.50 for admission to a Secret Speakeasy event for two ($20 value)
- $30 for admission to a Secret Speakeasy event for four ($40 value)
The Secret Speakeasy events differ from month to month, so be sure to check the website before you go.
Taking place at the handsome Lofts at Prince in SoHo, the all-ages event features complimentary snacks and drinks, music, and interesting visuals and artifacts. The curator behind The Museum of Interesting Things brings along rare 16mm short films, stereoviews, and Mutoscope cards that show off medical, circus, vaudeville, and jazz themes. He just might bring along vintage medical devices used by quacks—i.e., charlatans with no real medical qualifications—in bygone decades.
The Fine Print
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About The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy
Think of The Museum of Interesting Things as a sort of reverse time machine: instead of you traveling to the past, the past travels straight to you. Curator Denny Daniel has spent the better part of three decades amassing a collection of antique inventions, toys, books, and household contraptions, which he introduces to modern audiences at schools and private events. Here's a few highlights of his collection of archaic marvels:
1920s Edison Toaster: Invented by the Wizard of Menlo Park's company, this early electric toaster looks old-fashioned compared to later pop-up models but was a revelation in a time when most people made toast by holding bread in front of a fire.
1940s Wolverine Adding Machine: Once the norm in classrooms (before the invention of digital calculators), this gadget used a stylus to slide numbers and perform basic addition and substitution.
1800s Milton Bradley Zoetrope: Film fanatics will recognize the zoetrope as the earliest form of motion picture. The device features a cylinder filled with stationary images that, when spun, appear to move in an animated fashion.
The Secret Speakeasy
Of course, the best way to learn about the past is to actually experience it. Which is why The Museum of Interesting Things also hosts an interactive event known as the Secret Speakeasy. The all-ages events follow a different theme each month, but they introduce guests to vintage short films and music, demonstrations, and a party with free food and drinks from an onsite bar. See the website for the current month's theme.