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Everyone has an Object with a Story

It is the story that makes an ordinary object, extraordinary.

The American Swedish Institute's exhibition extra/ordinary showcases the stories behind objects in our historic collections. While we are temporarily closed to the public, we wanted to share other stories, many inspired by the exhibition, that you can read from home. 

We know that outside the walls of the museum there are even more objects with stories to be told – here are but a few.

Click on each object to read the extraordinary story behind it. 

Objects often hold more meaning than meets the eye, meaning that is uncovered when a story is shared. Share an object and story that is meaningful to you on Instagram by using the hashtag #ExtraInTheOrdinary.

Photography credit: Sara Hughes