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When relationships fail, this museum keeps the stuff left behind

By Alex Marshall

15 Feb 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

When a relationship comes to an end, there are often objects that neither partner wants to keep. They could try sending them to the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. The NYT pays it a visit.

When their relationship ended more than 20 years ago, the time came for Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic to divide up their stuff, including a TV, a computer and a bunch of vacation souvenirs. Then, they got to a toy bunny.

When they were lovers, the two Croatians had a cutesy ritual: When one of them came home, the other would wind up the fluffy rabbit and send it scampering around their house to welcome them. And when either went abroad on a business trip, they would take the white bunny with them and snap photos with it at tourist spots. It was such a symbol of their time together, Vistica said, that she didn’t think either of them should keep it.

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