The Museum of Extraordinary Things

The Museum of Extraordinary Things - Alice Hoffman Any museum display tells two facets of a story: one of a narrow scope which describes the exhibit itself, and the other of a broader perspective in which different situational and historical threads converge -- the macro and micro, if you will. The museum in this story houses "freaks of nature" -- humans who bear traits of outward physiological genetic mutation. No less of an 'artifact' or being without a story to tell, is every "normal" individual. When paths cross, extraordinary things happen and lives change. This story is, on the one hand, ugly -- in the way society is inclined to band together to ostracize those who are different, or who are seen as outsiders, in order to keep them in their place. It is, on the other hand, a tender story which peels back the layers of the human condition until the heart of what really matters, is exposed.