You failed? At least you are featured in a museum


The Museum of Failure provides visitors with an interesting perspective on the different roles of failure. [ANNIE HUANG/THE BLUE & GOLD]

The Museum of Failure displays failed products and services from all over the world, including unsuccessful innovations from popular companies. It provides visitors with an interesting perspective on the different roles of failure and encourages everyone to learn from and embrace failures. 

The museum is located at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Xinyi District and will remain open until March 13. The tickets can be purchased at the entrance, with discounts for students upon showing student IDs. 

As you enter the museum, you will see many different failed projects set up in organized rows. Each product has a card next to it, explaining the goal of the product and why it failed. There is also a “fail-o-meter”, which rates the extent to which a specific product failed from a range of one to 10. Not only that, but the museum also features older failed products through TVs displaying commercials. 

The failed Oreo flavors wall was especially captivating. Some of the failed flavors include “watermelon oreos” or “firework oreos.” 

The museum also includes a “Trump section,” where they featured failed Trump products, such as the Trump University, Trump steak and Trump vodka. 

The interactive portion of the exhibit features a “sticky note wall,” where visitors could write takeaways or share their own failures. The interactive portion of this museum acts as a tribute to failed ideas and gives inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Beyond showcasing interesting and never-before-seen items, this museum influences its visitors by encouraging them to think about failure and what it means. Posted throughout the museum are quotes such as “you haven’t failed, you just haven’t succeeded yet.” The goal in showing these failed products is to show that all innovation has gone through a process of failure, reminding us that failure is inevitable and essential to growth.