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This tiny Guatemalan museum is shaped like an egg and traveling the world


If you saw it on the street, you'd think it was an egg kiosk. If you saw it on the road, you might think it was chicken coop.

The NuMu in Guatemala.

This tiny egg-shaped structure has a name, and it's actually a museum. NuMu, short for "El Nuevo Museo Contemporáneo en Guatemala," is the first contemporary art museum in the Central American country.

The museum used to be a kiosk that sold eggs. Artists Jessica Kairé and Stefan Benchoam saw it was available for rent and decided to turn it into a museum. It was founded in 2012 and caught the eye of curators in Los Angeles shortly after.

"Something really cool about NuMu," said José Luis Blondet, one of the curators at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), "[is that it] has partnerships with local restaurants, with businesses in the area. So if you want to see NuMu, maybe you have to go to restaurant and ask for the key."

NuMu is 6.5 ft. by 8 ft. and fits about two to four people at a time. LACMA liked it so much, they decided to make a replica of it.

"They made a replica of NuMu, and that traveled from Guatemala City to Los Angeles," said Blondet.

Two weeks and 3,000 miles later, along with pit stops in Mexico, Texas and Arizona, the NuMu is now in L.A. It's part of LACMA's "A Universal History of Infamy" exhibit, featuring 16 Latin American artists.

Inside the egg you can find Retrospective, Guatemalan activist and artist Regina José Galindo's performance-based works.

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Inside the museum.

NuMu is free and open to the public (the larger exhibit it is a part of is not). It's set to leave L.A. May 28.

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