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MICRO: THE FIRST DISTRIBUTED MUSEUM

From hospital waiting rooms to the DMV, MICRO’s fleet of six foot tall science museums show up in the places you least expect them.

MICRO’s team of scientists, designers and storytellers take a vast, complex world, and squeeze it down into a museum the size of a vending machine.

GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY!

Then we replicate that museum, and send it out to the groups and venues in your community who want you to know about the secret systems that run the cosmos.

With a new museum joining the fleet every six months, this is science for everyone, museums that can go everywhere.

SMALL THINGS. BIG DIFFERENCE.

Ever wondered how snails have sex, or what happens at the end of the universe?

Of course you have. Micro is here for you.

 
 

They look like aliens. Their ranks are legion. Enormous monsters who preyed on our ancestors. Tentacled beasts who spawn millions in minutes. They have spread to thrive in every habitat on earth.

Prepare for a journey into the world of the mollusk: a group of invertebrates that has produced the oldest animal alive, the hardest biological material, and a lot of slime.

Humanity. Mollusks. An epic battle for survival.

Straighten your spine, vertebrate. Things are about to get weird.

 

For a thousand years, humans have lost fortunes and ruined lives trying to cheat the laws of nature. Now it’s your turn.

What would happen if you could build a machine that created free energy, forever?

Welcome to The Perpetual Motion Museum, a place of invisible jiggles and our age-old struggle to harness and understand energy.

Coming to a venue near you in Winter 2017.

 

mission

TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH

MICRO believes that museums are an important source of trusted knowledge. But the impact of museums is currently limited.

Many are expensive, and geographically clustered. In New York City, Manhattan has 85 museums. The Bronx has 8. The impact museums have is demographically narrow: across America, 90% of museum visitors are white.

REACHING PEOPLE WHERE THEY ALREADY ARE

MICRO is a nonprofit committed to sharing science that can reach everyone. We build museums that can go everywhere. Our museums are site-tested, durable, and free. Nearly 700,000 outpatients pass through the doors of just one of the Brooklyn-based hospitals where MICRO is installing a museum in 2017.

THE MOTIVATION IS MUTUAL

Our partners are hospitals, transit hubs, developers and more: people and organizations who want to make a difference, and share the adventure of science with their community.

team

MICRO was founded in 2016 by computational ecologist Amanda Schochet and producer Charles Philipp.

A nonprofit, MICRO includes: Labour, a design firm that’s worked with the MoMa, the Whitney, and designed the Museum of Food and Drink. Ruby J Murray, a journalist, science writer, and  award-winning novelist. Celeste LeCompte, the head of ProPublica’s Business Development.

 

MICRO Team

Amanda Schochet
Co-founder

Charles Philipp
Co-founder

Ruby Murray
Director of Communications

LABOUR
Creative direction and design

Special Support

Newlab
Creative Incubator

New Inc
Creative Incubator

Simons Foundation
Sponsor

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  • Simons Foundation Logo
 

support

MICRO is a nonprofit venture. Donations to MICRO are tax deductible under our fiscal sponsorship with Fractured Atlas.

Every donation counts, no matter the size. With your help, we’ll be putting a free museum where everyone can access it: a hospital waiting room, a train station, the local library.

Our venue partners are hospitals, transit hubs, developers and organizations who believe that science and art are important.

Sound like you? Know a site? Let us know! info@micromuseums.org

To arrange a viewing at New Labs in Brooklyn’s Navy Yards, contact us...

 
 

discover

The first museums in MICRO’s fleet are being released across NYC in 2017.

With a museum on a new topic released every six months, we’ll be rolling out into new cities soon.

Want to know when one of The Smallest Mollusk Museums is coming to a site near you, or chase The Perpetual Motion Museum across the city?

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If you’re interested in partnering and you want to see a museum, you can arrange for a viewing of the museum at MICRO’s HQ, the Simons Science Sandbox in New Labs in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard.

 

Please get in touch to schedule a viewing.