Center for Lost Objects – Saint Paul, Minnesota - Atlas Obscura

Center for Lost Objects

An unusual assortment of art, furniture, and other curiosities. 


The Center for Lost Objects is an open art studio, curiosity shop, and gallery in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Items like jewelry, upcycled and antique furniture, and even a taxidermy squirrel carrying a pitchfork with a head speared on top fill its collection of unusual finds.

The center specializes in unique collectibles and oddball items. It’s a haven for makers and DIY enthusiasts. It holds classes on how to upcycle furniture and hosts pop-up shops that feature pieces from various artists, makers, and collectors.

The Center for Lost Objects also hosts monthly live figure drawing sessions, where the model poses in different tableaus made up of the pieces in the store, such as the furniture, candelabras, and bear skin rugs. One model even rode a full mount deer.

The large front window doubles as a stage for experimental performances and music. There’s also studio space in its basement for musicians.

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CFLO is just outside of downtown Saint Paul, and makes a great quick trip if you've got a layover at the MSP airport.

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