The Smile Face Museum was founded by Mark Sachs in 1992 in his Silver Spring, Maryland basement. It operated for 2 years in that location, with over 400 hundred items on display.
In 2014, The Smile Face Museum was installed in Brooklyn, New York in the basement of a private garden apartment. Its collection now encompasses more than 1000 objects.
The spring 2014 presentation of the Smile Face Museum was organized by Adrienne Garbini, and hosted by 228 1/2. It featured Sachs' collection, the collection of Rita Mageary, and the collection of Emily Stebbins. The Museum also featured exhibitions of contemporary artwork.