Along with her family, friends and city officials, Catherine Tolbert-Wilson cuts the ribbon for the opening of the Good Day Selfie Museum July 15.

Along with her family, friends and city officials, Catherine Tolbert-Wilson cuts the ribbon for the opening of the Good Day Selfie Museum July 15.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Former Ferndale student opens selfie museum in downtown

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 28, 2021

 Ahlexis Cole, Jaya Hampton and Skylar Bartley pose for selfies at the Good Day Selfie Museum, which can be found at 22742 Woodward Ave.

Ahlexis Cole, Jaya Hampton and Skylar Bartley pose for selfies at the Good Day Selfie Museum, which can be found at 22742 Woodward Ave.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Ferndale Mayor Melanie Piana takes a selfie in a disco-inspired exhibit at the Good Day Selfie Museum.

Ferndale Mayor Melanie Piana takes a selfie in a disco-inspired exhibit at the Good Day Selfie Museum.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FERNDALE — An Oak Park woman is bringing a unique idea to the city of Ferndale in the form of a selfie museum.

Catherine Tolbert-Wilson had the grand opening of the Good Day Selfie Museum on July 15, and opened it to the public the following day. The museum is a self-serve photography studio where visitors can take pictures in front of more than 20 exhibits.

“People come in with their phones or if they want to hire a photographer, they can come in, they can take pictures,” she said. “We provide the background, we provide the decorations and all the props.”

A graduate of Ferndale High School, Tolbert-Wilson, 22, has wanted to bring this idea to life for three years, after having visited a similar museum while on vacation to New York City with her mom, Lisa Tolbert. It was the Color Factory in the SoHo neighborhood that laid the foundation for Tolbert-Wilson to open the museum in Ferndale.

“We fell in love with the concept of a selfie museum because it was a mixture of what we love: art and pictures,” she said.

Tolbert had low expectations for her first visit to the NYC museum, but described it as a very engaging and colorful experience.

“I was a little surprised with how fun it was because I absolutely love the traditional museum,” she said. “For our vacations, we sometimes plan vacations around going to particular museums, or when we’re in an area, we make sure we hit the museums in an area. So, for me, I’m all about museums, and so Catherine heard about this pop-up selfie museum concept. … I had low expectations, but it felt like being a kid.”

Tolbert-Wilson waited until she graduated from Central Michigan University to pursue the museum. Working in tandem with her mother, she secured a 3,000-square-foot building in the city to bring her exhibits to life.

Rooms were designed around themes from basketball to a DJ booth, and they all had a singular idea to be centered around affirmations.

“For example, we have the basketball room that has pictures of iconic basketball pictures, as well as a basketball hoop on the wall, which people can actually shoot. That really came from the quote, ‘You miss every shot you don’t take,’ and that’s actually written on the wall in that room. So we tried to bring our rooms together with positive affirmations,” Tolbert-Wilson said.

With the museum now open, Tolbert said she’s feeling many emotions at the moment: nerves, excitement, anticipation, but the biggest one is the sense of pride she has in her daughter executing this idea.

“The sense of pride really overtakes all the other emotions,” she said.

Likewise, Tolbert-Wilson said she’s feeling about 80% excited and 20% nervous because this is something she’s been working on for years.

“I hope everybody loves it,” she said. “I just want people to love it. I want to make it perfect for everyone, and I’m even taking feedback on what we should change or what we should include in our next exhibit, because we will be switching out some of the rooms.”

The Good Day Selfie Museum is located at 22742 Woodward Ave., the former home of the Ringwald Theatre. The museum is open from noon to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and from noon to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Admission is $28 for those 10 and older, and $15 for those ages 4-9. Children ages 3 and younger are admitted for free. More information can be found at www.gooddaymuseum.com.

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