The “Museum of Failure” from Sweden is scheduled to debut at Warehouse 5 of the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (松山文創園區) on June 26 this year.
The Museum of Failure in the Swedish coastal city of Helsingborg was founded in 2017 and has toured Los Angeles, Shanghai and Paris.
You can find a collection of failed products and services from around the world.
Did you know that Colgate once introduced frozen beef lasagna? (Although officially never admitted)
Or maybe you’ve had colored ketchup? (Not really, because they don’t sell it anymore).
You may not know that Apple sold a tablet computer in the 90s. (Yes, but they stopped selling them because of the unresponsive touch screen.)
Wear an electric shock mask so that the electrical stimulation can help you lose cheek fat? (Maybe, but the effect is very little, and the shape is very much like Saw.)
The DeLorean car is really futuristic! (As a result, the company closed and the car only received attention in the movie “Back to the Future.”)
These products were developed with the mission to “think outside the box” or “solve the problem.”
Also, they were challenged in the process of being introduced and eventually failed because they couldn’t meet consumer preferences and needs.
The Museum of Failure aims not to undermine the people’s confidence or to judge and shame others for their failures simply.
Instead, innovation and progress require an acceptance of failure. The museum aims to stimulate productive discussion about failure and inspire people to take meaningful risks.
Samuel West, the museum’s curator said: “All you have to do is to read business literature to get sick of the success stories of entrepreneurs.”
“It is the same narrative every time and I was fed up. Literature also tells us that about 80-90% of innovations fail, but we never hear about those. It is from failures that we learn.”
The exhibition will showcase over 100 failed inventions covering 60 brands, divided into themes such as technology, food, transportation and medical.