New York Gets a ‘Seinfeld’ Museum, for Five Days Only

The Seinfeld cast. Photo: courtesy NBCU Photo Bank.
The Seinfeld cast. Photo: courtesy NBCU Photo Bank.

It might have been 17 years since Larry David’s hit sitcom, Seinfeld, went off the air, but nostalgic New Yorkers can step right into Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer’s world this week, thanks to a pop-up museum featuring a replica of the show’s iconic apartment set.

For the next five days, visitors to New York’s Milk Studios can barge into apartment 5A, a lá Kramer, and experience a faithful recreation of Jerry’s home. They can even pose for a sexy photo shoot like George Constanza did in “The Package.”

A fan recreates George Costanza's "art of seduction" pose at Hulu's pop-up <em>Seinfeld</em> museum. Photo: Eliza Leary, via Instagram.

A fan recreates George Costanza’s “art of seduction” pose at Hulu’s pop-up Seinfeld museum.
Photo: Eliza Leary, via Instagram.

Other highlights are the booth and table from the gang’s favorite diner, original Seinfeld scripts, a replica of the show’s Festivus Pole, and props like George’s Frogger arcade game, Jerry’s Superman figurine, and a container of Bachman pretzels, featured in the classic “These pretzels are making me thirsty!” episode.

“It’s like the Smithsonian of Seinfeld,” actor Patrick Warburton, aka Elaine’s boyfriend David Puddy, told the New York Daily News.

With Wes Anderson getting a theme park, and a Hunter S. Thompson museum in the works, it’s too bad the Seinfeld exhibition is such a limited engagement.

The original set for Jerry Seinfeld's apartment. Photo: Joey Delvalle, courtesy NBCU Photo Bank.

The original set for Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment.
Photo: Joey Delvalle, courtesy NBCU Photo Bank.

The whole thing is a publicity stunt from Hulu, which is bringing the popular sitcom, long a staple of late-night syndication, into the world of digital streaming. As of today, all 180 episodes of the series are available to watch via the online video service.

The apartment installation is based on the set from the show’s eighth season, and does its best to recreate every detail—although Mashable is already complaining that Jerry’s trusty Apple computer has been swapped out for an old PC.

The Newman, Kramer, and Jerry, in the original set for Jerry Seinfeld's apartment. Photo: Joey Delvalle, courtesy NBCU Photo Bank.

The Newman, Kramer, and Jerry, in the original set for Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment.
Photo: Joey Delvalle, courtesy NBCU Photo Bank.

The temporary exhibition also includes some of Seinfeld’s personal memorabilia from the show, including a parody of The Last Supper starring the Seinfeld team, and a wall featuring the show’s logo, signed during the taping of the finale by famous guest star such as Kathy Griffin and Bryan Cranston.

See photos of the museum below.

A recreation of Jerry Seinfeld's apartment at Hulu's pop-up <em>Seinfeld</em> museum. Photo: Tod Seelie, courtesy Gothamist.

A recreation of Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment at Hulu’s pop-up Seinfeld museum.
Photo: Tod Seelie, courtesy Gothamist.

Jerry Seinfeld's version of <em>The Last Supper</em> featuring the <em>Seinfeld</em> team. Photo: Monica Schipper, courtesy Hulu/Getty Images.

Jerry Seinfeld’s version of The Last Supper featuring the Seinfeld team.
Photo: Monica Schipper, courtesy Hulu/Getty Images.

A recreation of Jerry Seinfeld's apartment at Hulu's pop-up Seinfeld museum. Photo: Monica Schipper, courtesy Hulu/Getty Images.

A recreation of Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment at Hulu’s pop-up Seinfeld museum.
Photo: Monica Schipper, courtesy Hulu/Getty Images.

The Seinfeld apartment is open June 24–28 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. at Milk Studios at 451 West 14th Street.


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