You can find a museum on just about any topic you can think of from including art, American history and even Barbie dolls. Now get ready for a whole new type of museum – The Museum of Conspiracy.
A new Kickstarter program has been put in place by Ryan Hess to create The Museum of Conspiracy in Manhattan with hopes of opening its doors in 2018. The museum would be housed in a 20,000 square foot building and offer an insight into a variety of conspiracy theories told in an interactive environment that would be “free of bias” and allow each guest to draw their own conclusions.
“A recent study showed that 50 percent of Americans believe in at least one conspiracy and yet there is nowhere for people to go and learn about them except for on the internet”, says Ryan Hess, founder and director of the Museum of Conspiracy. “We want people to come, learn about different perspectives and think for themselves. We think it would be great to live in a world where people can speak more freely and have different opinions.”
So, how does one go about creating a Museum of Conspiracy? For Hess, he started with a marketing program on the streets of New York in the form of a “conspiracy wall.” The wall was taken to different parts of the city and invited residents to write down their favorite conspiracies that they would want to know more about. Hess says the he was surprised by the results and found the level of interest in such a project to be “amazing.”
“People were stopping on the streets to write on the wall and taking pictures from passing cars,” says Hess. “The campaign showed that there is huge potential for something like this.”
This isn’t a new idea. The Museum of Conspiracy has been under development since 2015. It is on Kickstarter and has a goal of raising $15,000 and a host of new ideas as well as Hess is asking people to share what conspiracies they would like to see included. Once built, it will be the first of its kind in New York City.
“We are asking for help because we believe that this museum is ultimately for the people. We want the Museum of Conspiracy to be what you want,” says Hess.
Topics more than likely to be included in the Museum of Conspiracy would include:
- Space: Did we really land on moon or was the whole event a huge a hoax and if so, why?
- Secret Societies: Do these elite groups really exist and are we just pawns to their ideals?
- Banking: Does anyone really know what goes on at Wall Street?
- Hollywood: Does Hollywood have the power of suggestion? How have movies shaped our views?
- Chemtrails: Is there something more sinister happening inside some fluffy clouds?
- Assassinations: Who else has been a target of an assassination that we knew nothing about?
- Education: Han we really trust textbooks?
- Vaccinations: Are they life-saving or to be feared more than the disease itself?
- Flat vs. Round: What if the earth is actually flat and not round after all?
- Sports: Can the outcome of some sporting events be rigged?
- Elections: How can we trust that ballots are counted correctly?
- War: What are the stories behind wars in world?
- Religion: How well do you know your own religion? Are their facts to make you question your beliefs?
- Aliens: Always a hot topic. How do we know for certain that we are not alone?
- Climate Change: Is it really happening? Is it a hoax? Can it be stopped?
- 9/11: Perhaps the most controversial. What really happened on this day? Could it have been an inside job?
The Museum of Conspiracy is intended for anyone who believes in conspiracies as well as those who don’t believe in a lick of them. For more information, visit the museum’s Kickstarter page.
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