Email: mmcurator at gmail dot com
Location and hours
Right now the Museum exists only online. There is no public physical space for the Museum yet, but the magic of the internet means you can visit 24/7. Seasonal exhibitions are displayed in the Curator's Baltimore, Maryland home, while special exhibitions can be found here. Obviously having strangers traipsing around one's space isn't the best idea, so pictures of these little home exhibitions are posted at the website so would-be visitors can get a sense of what a museum devoted to cosmetics would look like. If you ever have the misfortune of visiting Baltimore, private tours of the collection can be arranged. The Curator would like nothing more than to break ground on a real physical space for the Museum, but it's a daunting task for someone without the connections and money required to do so. There are plans to look into into staging temporary exhibitions in local gallery spaces.
In 2006, the Curator had the idea to develop a coffee table book devoted to beautiful makeup. From that idea grew the bigger notion of an entire museum to display these objects, along with a visual history of the beauty industry. In 2008 the Museum's website was launched as a way to chronicle new makeup releases, explore vintage items and put the idea of a cosmetics museum into the public sphere.
The mission of the Makeup Museum is to:
- Preserve and document contemporary and vintage cosmetic items, both for beauty consumers and the general public.
- Promote these items as legitimate cultural artifacts by examining the history, design, and artistic inspiration behind them.
- Explore the sociological and cultural impact of makeup objects, including their usage and advertising.
- Research and record the history of the beauty industry and the culture therein.
- Educate the public on the artistic, cultural, and historic value of makeup from all eras through exhibitions and publications.