A free, interactive place to take your NYC kid in the neighborhood? A place to create your own art and have a mood ring like experience? It all sounded intriguing to me so I dashed on over with my minifashionista to check out what all the buzz was about at the Museum of Feelings at Brookfield Place. Turns out it is a very cool, albeit thinly veiled pop-up by Glade, who creatively immerses you in their latest scents as your travel through a mysterious maze of ‘exhibits.’ Juliet started off loving her freebie – the shiny piece of cardboard she was instructed at entrance to refract light.
The docents poetically waxed on about the responsive mood wall, the dividing of your shadows and how fragrances act as the muse to inspire visitors to explore their emotions. Of course, Juliet only heard ‘yada yada yada’ and was more interested in the mixing of all her favorite colors. ‘ooh blue, ooh red, oh look at THAT! YELLOW!’
Juliet courageously ventured forward despite the darkness and enjoyed getting to experiment with her newfound glittery cardboard. If I were a more knowledgeable mom, I would have used this opportune time to teach her about how light refracts and the science behind it but I am not, so we resorted to a playful and elementary discussion on the prettiness of the lights. (Sorry kid.)
We were told this room was about feeling optimistic. The reflective pass card apparently activated sensors that triggered ambient audio and light. Berry scents filled the room.
J’s feeling status? curiously excited.
The next room labeled, ‘Joyful’ was J’s favorite. This staffer distributed these glasses and encouraged us to think about the feeling of being young during the holiday season. That was easy!
She couldn’t believe her luck upon entering through its dangling green, light-up vines and she laughed as they tickled her every move. Infused with Glade’s Balsam & Fir Winter Collection fragrance, this modern forest appeared never-ending thanks to the room’s mirrored and reflective surfaces.
J’s feeling status? Playful!
This unique room definitely gave me a feeling of gratiude – for being a NY mom and being able to take my toddler to such cool places.
The ‘Feel Invigorated’ room inspired by the Glade® Blue Odyssee scent, transported you into a world where a colorful halo followed and tracked your every motion.
J’s feeling status? upset (She was the only one without a halo since she was too little to be tracked by one)
The next room was a fun one for my tech-savvy toddler. Use the futuristic ipad to control the floral images in the room and be rewarded with the scent of Blooming Peony & Cherry, we were told. This kaleidoscopic room was totally trippy and inspired Juliet to lie down to truly enjoy the magnificent wonder of it all.
Only a toddler could get away with this.
J’s feeling status? Pensive
The next room was supposed to inspire calm with the help of Glade’s Lavender & Vanilla fragrance. Fog clouds enveloped you while scents and sounds further transported you to a heavenly peace. And it did. That is until, Juliet practically screamed out, ‘UH-OH Mommy, I POO-ed!!”
Uh-oh is right! Thanks for emitting your own cloud of odor, J! Suddenly, we saw the room clear out and only we were left to ‘immerse ourselves in our feelings.” (i.e. feelings of guilt and remorse) The room suddenly went from heaven to hell in a split second. Where’s the bathroom?? lol
J’s feeling status? Disgusted.
(new) scent: a mix of lavender and diarrhea ( I do not suggest Glade try and market THAT).
After exiting, we found ourselves in what was relatively, a ginormous room dedicated to taking selfies. (This is a modern museum after all). The above pic was the only one we hurriedly took since we were, you know in a rush to change the poopy mess. But for those fortunate enough not to have a diaper filled with pooh, you could stick around and have this magical machine read your current mood and artistically display it (for all the world to see) in a colorful photograph like the ones below!
Oh yea and you could also buy yourself a Glade candle souvenir but we were to pooped out to do that.
This interactive installation is on Brookfield Place’s Waterfront Plaza and is open to the public until December 15. And I highly recommend it!
Monday – Saturday – 11:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday – 11:00AM – 7:00PM