Hi.

We’re Museum in a Box, and we love museums.


We make a Box.

At the centre of our world lies the Box. It’s a small, friendly, internet-connected, Raspberry Pi-powered thing, and has speakers inside. When you place a museum object on it, an audio response will play.

It’s simple, versatile, and portable. So simple in fact before too long you’ll realise this flexibility lets you fill the Box with any story you can think of.

“The best thing about the box was that you could touch everything, so you could feel it. I think thatโ€™s better than just being able to look at everything.โ€

FREYA, AGED 8
who used our British Museum box

The Box also needs Collections. That’s what we call the set of 3D prints or postcards you use to trigger those stories. Every object has a little metal (NFC) sticker attached, and the Box recognises that to play its story.


At Home? We are.

Our shop is open. Please consider getting one of our Make Your Own Kits – they’re super fun, and will keep young folks occupied, if they’re this way inclined.

Here’s a short list of museum-y “At Home” project ideas for you to try too. (They don’t require a Box.)

Grab our Museum in a Box at Home Project Ideas worksheet!

Stay at home! Wash your hands!


You can have a Box!

There are two ways to work with us: you can purchase a Make Your Own kit from our online shop, and/or commission us to develop a fantastic, fun, compelling Collection for you and your audience.

We can also help you with training in the various aspects of creating a collection, like 3D Modelling or a Training Day to get you started with Make Your Own.


Who else has a Box?

We’ve worked with organisations all over the world, from Bloomington to KwaZulu-Natal. Our anchor partner is the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and we’ve worked some other biggies like the V&A, British Museum, and Historic Royal Palaces.

Educators are seeing the potential of Museum in a Box to help students learn, and develop their creativity. Using object-based learning projects, students can develop their 21st Century skills, and progress through the Bloom’s Taxonomy framework, where students grow from remembering through to synthesis in their studies.

Our Educator Make Your Own kit is our most popular product, and comes with a growing library of “Getting Started” guides, for primary, secondary and adult learners.

Kids exploring the Smithsonian Libraries’ History of STEM collection in Washington DC, 2018

Every continent except Antarctica?

(And we’d like to keep it that way, unless a nice scientist down there would like one.)

This is our approximate distribution of Boxes in March 2020:

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Another bonus is that the Box can speak any language. So far, we have stories told in Swedish, Japanese, isiZulu, Spanish, French, English, a variety of North American Frog, and more. It’s also great for students to translate their collections so they’re bilingual.


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