Mini Museum

Be the next P.T. Barnum with a Mini Museum on your Desk

What do coal from the Titanic, dinosaur dung, the Chelyabinsk meteorite and soil from Dracula’s castle have in common? They are all part of the smallest museum in the world and you can own one.

The Kickstarter campaign for Mini Museum still has 24 days to go but the demand is quite extraordinary. Hans Fex has already raised more than 10 times the funding goal of $38.000 and is currently nearing the $500.000 mark.

The story behind Mini Museum began with Fex’s dad who was a research scientist. One day he brought home some artifacts from a travel to Malta which he embedded into epoxy resin. The idea for Mini Museum was born.

Fast forward to today Hans Fex has collected artifacts from across the world and beyond, most of them through expert curators. He now breaks the specimens up into small parts to create three different versions of the Mini Museum with 11, 22 or 33 specimens. Below you find the complete list of amazing artifacts you can own.

Mini Museum artifacts

I think this is a wild yet inspiring collection and it would surely be a great item to start discussions in the classroom.

Due to the relative rareness of the artifacts the number of Mini Museums is limited, and looking at the rate at which people are pre-ordering them on Kickstarter you will need to be quick to get one for you. The early bird offers are already all gone, but you can still get your Mini Museum starting at $99 up to $479 for all three versions. There are also perks that include a second collection that you can touch as the artifacts are not in resin but a wooden box.

So there is your chance, become the next P.T. Barnum and amaze your students or friends at a cocktail party by pulling your Mini Museum out of the pocket and explaining the different artifacts.

Kay Alexander is the co-founder and creative director of EDUKWEST. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

  • Clever way for the masses to own a curated museum collection. Not sure the circus analogy captures the essence of the idea.