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.


Latest news

4 January, 2022: Happy New Year!

We’re happy to tell you that our Batch No. 3 is finally coming together. George’s hallway is full of boxes of components like Raspberry Pi computers, acrylic Box shells, power cords, SD cards, and more. There are only two more bits we need before we can build a new Box, and we’re expecting them to come in January.

Batch No. 3 is already about 50% spoken for, at least informally. That’s exciting!

We’re also excited that we’ve been working on a new software update for the Box too, v1.2. This new version is mostly about sending more accurate boop numbers back to HQ. Right now, HQ believes there have been about 60,000 boops, but it only knows about boops that happen when a Box is on WiFi. There are lots of our 300-ish Boxes that are not consistently on WiFi! So, when v1.2 is made available, and people with Boxes boop their Update card, they’ll get the new version of the software. (Then you’ll have to do another update to do that first send of boops back to HQ, but hey – better than nothing!)

We also wrote a blog post about how to clean and handle Boxes while COVID-19 is still so present, which we’ve heard has been handy for some of our museum customers’ risk assessments: Museum in a Box Handling During a Global Pandemic.

Stuck at home?

If you’re still spending lots of time at home, or waiting for school to start up again, here’s a short list of museum-y “At Home” project ideas for you to explore. (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.

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 great for students to translate their collections so they’re bilingual.


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