A Brooklyn-based, non-profit called MICRO, is producing vending machine sized museums and installing them in municipal buildings. The first of MICRO’s vending machine sized museums is “The Smallest Mollusk Museum,” and it debuted at The Brooklyn Public Library on Friday, November 10.
“MICRO is built on this belief that the traditional museum model is built on the idea of building a really large, expensive building and asking people to come to you,” says MICRO co-founder Charles Philipp. “So what we decided to do was shrink down that concept so that we can put it into more places and reach more people.”
Despite it’s size, “The Smallest Mollusk Museum,” took a team of 50 scientists, designers and story tellers to create. Other versions of MICRO’s principal creation will be installed at other city centers including malls, airports and DMVs.
The museum features 15 exhibits including optical illusions, video screens and a 3d print of an octopus’s heart. The entire museum sits upon a giant hologram meant to draw in kids who see a revolving group of mollusks right at toddler eye level.
“Watching kids interact with this museum is incredibly rewarding,” Philipp says. “When we installed it at the Brooklyn Public Library, we were told that this is definitely going to make at least one marine biologist.”
MICRO’s goal is to become the most visited museum in the country and they are taking requests on their website from people around the country to put museums in their community. MICRO’s next museum will be another six-foot-tall gallery called “The Perpetual Motion Museum.”