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 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.
- Browse our Collections showcase
- Review more Testimonials like Freya’s
- And there are “Make Your Own” Collections too, made by people using MYO kits you can explore on our web platform, called the “Heart” ❤️
21 June 2021:
Batch No. 2 has sold out!
We’re planning for and hoping that Batch No. 3 will become available September or October this year. Unfortunately, that is complicated by global supply chain issues with some of the chips we use on our custom printed circuit board (PCB). We’re working on it, and will try to place orders for materials as soon as we can. We have capital ready to use for the materials we need for Batch No. 3, if only the world can catch up!
In the meantime, you may need extra stickers or a tote bag, and we have some of those still for sale in the shop.
We are so happy we can be making our second official batch, in spite of a very bumpy few months during 2020. We hope you can bear with us while we ride the waves of global supply chain disruption in our tiny little boat.
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.)
Stay at home! Wash your hands!
You can have a Box!
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.
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:
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.