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9GAG's Meme Museum

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The 9GAG Meme Museum is a temporary exhibit at Hong Kong’s K11 Art Mall created to showcase memes and their history through a partnership with 9GAG. It provides interactive experiences with memes, allows visitors to create their own memes and has NFTs available for viewing. The exhibit was opened in July and is available until September 2021.


In early July 2021, 9GAG announced the meme museum through this promoted post and competition (seen below).[2] The exhibit first opened to the public on July 16th, 2021, with a closing date of September 5th.

Promoted The World's First Meme Museum is coming soon. Submit your memes to be featured in the museum and win US$100 cash prize! Facebook Pinterest Next Post Memes are everywhere in our daily lives, but have you ever tried to make a meme? Show us what you got! Make new memes and upload your work to your 9GAG account now. The funniest uploads from today to 9 August 2021 will get a chance to get featured at the World's First Meme Museum at K11 Art Mall and win US$100 cash prize. You can submit more than one entry. Follow these steps: 1. Log in to or sign up for a 9GAG account. 2. Create your memes and upload them to your account. And ta-da-that's it! HOWI REACT WHEN SOMEONE ŞAID THE MEME I MADE ISNT FUNNY Homer Simpson Backs Into Bushes

The museum offers a meme-themed temporary tattoo station, a meme photo booth, a meme and scent-pairing station, a "meme-go-round" of memes from different regions and many other exhibits and interactive components (shown below).[1]


On July 20th, 2021, 9GAG uploaded this promotional "virtual tour" (seen below) of the meme museum to their official Twitter[3] account. The video has been viewed over 72,400 times in just over two weeks.

On July 31st, 2021, Muhammed Sahrim Akhtar[4] announced an image of his meme Disappointed Cricket Fan was displayed in the meme museum. His tweet (seen below) about the event received over 514,000 likes and 61,300 retweets.

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The meme contest quickly gained hundreds of submissions on 9GAG. Many of the memes submitted to the contest began to reference the contest itself. For example, this meme (seen below) was uploaded into the contest’s thread as a submission.[5]

hey man you see that guy over there he wants to be the first thing shown in the meme museum

The meme museum became a subject of discussion online throughout summer 2021, with many viewing it favorably and some viewing it as cringeworthy. It soon became a subject of memes outside of 9GAG, such as a July 2nd upload (seen below) to /r/memes that was posted by u/Rough_Mango_3846,[6] receiving 817 upvotes and 14 comments in two days.

Me after realising there is a meme museum in Hong-Kong H 3440 oicas PABL I go to Hong-Kong

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