BUDAPEST: A new so-called ‘selfie museum‘ in Budapest that lets visitors pose by pink palm trees and frolic in multicoloured sprinkle baths has proved a hit with social-media savvy locals and tourists alike.
“We play with shapes and colours, and try to push people’s borders and let their creativity bloom,” Lilla Gangel, who co-founded the museum with her partner Balazs Koltai, told AFP.
Its creators say their idea, inspired by a similar venue in the US, is targeted at the younger generation looking for an edge to their status updates or profile pictures.
Visitors entering the first of 11 exhibition rooms are met with palm trees growing from the walls and pink-coloured ceilings and surroundings.
“There are more and more places on the internet where you can photos, we’re living in this type of world now, whether we like it or not,” she said.
The selfie opportunities among the 11 interactive installations at the 400-square-metre facility include a ride on banana swings, a climb on a unicorn, or a lounge on giant macaroons.
Word about the new museum has spread fast, unsurprisingly, on platforms like Instagram and Snapchat.
Museum founder Lilla Gangel poses for a photo at the ‘Selfie Museum‘ .
“They’re typical teenagers, They like Instagram and photos,” Oli, an Israeli tourist told AFP while her young daughters threw exaggerated poses behind her.
“These are the times we are living in, what can you do,” she laughed.
“It’s a natural thing but also bad, as you do not live in the moment, and instead reach for a phone to record it,” she said.