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Selfie for a cause: Ukrainian-owned Texas Selfie Museum lands in Austin

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Are your social feeds getting dry? Rest assured, there’s a new selfie museum in town to help boost your Instagram game.


The Original Selfie Museum opened its eighth location in Austin, 503 Neches St., just over a month ago dubbed Texas Selfie Museum. The company opened a San Antonio location in September.

With more than 30 photo zones, designed personally by the owners, professional lighting and props to choose from, it’s next to impossible to walk away without an Instagrammable shot. Just add a photographer!

The best part? The company—which was formed when Ukrainian immigrants Margaryta Schwery, Alex Kurylim and Igor Bemchak met during college in Colorado—is donating 100% of the proceeds for annual passes to support Ukrainian war efforts.

“Coming into this country gave us an incredible opportunity to have the self-realization of doing what we love—the potential is endless, the possibilities are endless and we are just grateful,” Schwery told Austonia. “We're also grateful for the way we were raised and for the country that we were born in… we definitely want to give back and support in any way possible.”

Visitors can come in for $28 each on a day pass or $68 for an annual pass that will allow the holder access to any location, skip reservations and donate to help a cause that is close to the owners’ hearts.

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