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We are taking the permanent collection of curiosities and artefacts that belong to Pandora's Box and making a Micro Museum & Sideshow.
We are taking the permanent collection of curiosities and artefacts that belong to Pandora's Box and making a Micro Museum & Sideshow.
We are taking the permanent collection of curiosities and artefacts that belong to Pandora's Box and making a Micro Museum & Sideshow.
204 backers pledged £5,740 to help bring this project to life.

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Warning, some scenes in the movie may be too graphic for sensitive viewers. 

We have accumulated artefacts and curiosities for several years and displayed them to the public as a permanent collection. We have won a local award for being among the best museums in our area in the US for the shop and collection. We never really entertained this as a reality until early last autumn when we applied for membership as an independent museum and our ideas began to unfold.  We chose to add the above video, created by Becky Robinson, as it shows us as humans and is more professional than what happens when I attempt this alone.  The video explaining the museum will be added in this area later today. 

Antique Oddfellows Skeleton (Uncle Charlie)
Antique Oddfellows Skeleton (Uncle Charlie)

 

We need your help, these treasures belong in archival cabinets and properly protected for us to display them safely to the public. Right now, some of the museum collection is in storage, most are without proper signage and these things deserve a better future and present. We intend to display each item as it should be, provide clear explanations of the items and their provenance. 

Chock full of artefacts that deserve proper displays
Chock full of artefacts that deserve proper displays

We intend to continue to fund the growth of the collection through the sales in our retail shop and any donations that may come in. We want to honour the tradition of the old-fashioned sideshow. The kind of place that leads you through a curtain and into another time and place. Some of the exhibits will include asylum artefacts that have been rescued from destruction, whatever strange things strike our fancy, antique surgical, medical and quack medical instruments, antique embalming and mortuary related items, taxidermy, strange preservations, historical sideshow pieces, the weird and wonderful and the strange and the unusual. As always, everything we do is a mix of science, nature and our own brand of dark humour. We believe, just as an old Victorian cabinet of curiosity owner would, that the story is the most important part of every item and without sharing, that piece of history could die. Collections are for sharing and educating.  

Before the transformation
Before the transformation

We will curate the best and oddest things from all over the world to amuse, fascinate, teach or disgust you. We want children to come in and leave excited about the world. We want adults to come in and leave fascinated and with open eyes about what exactly it looks like inside our imagination. One unique feature that our museum will have that will set us apart is a changing curated art and collector exhibit. We will have one large cabinet that will hold the display of a local ( or slightly farther afield) collector. At regular intervals, we will change this display and will invite collectors to submit their collection via a TBD process. We will curate this collection with an aim to have a new display a minimum of 4 times a year complete with a social event to unveil and celebrate it. We believe that giving collectors a chance to display their objects in a museum will give the public a new opportunity to view the things in private collections that are museum-worthy. We will keep an eye toward the future in ways that this idea can be expanded to other local people whose ethos and vision aligns with ours but create rather than collect.  

Risks and challenges

The only risks we see with this project are potential delays in locating shelving or installation. The museum opening would not be delayed by an incomplete display, we would open as planned.
An estimated opening date will be given when we have reached our funding goals. Only lack of funding would cause delay and risk to the collection due to an inability to protect everything properly from the high footfall location and human contact that is inevitable.

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    Help a little, be a friend

    At this donation level, we offer our gratitude and thanks for caring about our project. Please visit our museum free of charge when it opens and if Pandora is around she may draw you a picture when you stop by. We appreciate that in the vast world of weird you care what we are doing!

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    Be a better friend get a little prize

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    We like you as much as we like bones

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    £15 is only a few fancy coffees out

    You've shown you care and we love you. We know you make a difference in seeing our dream come true. Reap the little rewards

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    £30 will make us cuddle you

    You should be proud of your generous nature and desire to see the odd and macabre come to fruition. We actually won't cuddle you as that would be awkward.

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    We love you more than cake!

    You get to show you care with your loot. We appreciate your support and belief in us. You will get a postcard, your name on the donor plaque, a sticker, patch, badge and both a tshirt and tote!

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    And then there was mouse!

    We love you more than creatures in jars. You are the absolute best and your willingness to go above and beyond will help you fill your own cabinet of curiosities with this clear and stained/ diaphonised mouse. Our specimens are always ethically obtained and professionally preserved to a high standard.
    You will receive some additional swag because you love us so much.

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    All things weird and lovely

    You are a superstar for helping us make it from caterpillar to butterfly. This donation incentive includes a framed butterfly, a museum Tshirt, museum tote and a little swag pack! You are a great human.

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    • Pandora's Logo Patch, Pandora's Box Badge and a sticker
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    Come have a class with us you winner!

    How are you so cool? Come take a class with us. You can attend any of our mammal or butterfly classes (you do have to register so we know when you're coming!) in the next two years! Transport to and from class is your responsibility.
    You also get some great swag and one year of museum visits for one person for free.

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    Name a piece of Taxidermy & More

    You will have the privilege of naming a piece of taxidermy in the museum , name it after yourself, your partner or your mother in law.
    You will get a framed photo of your named new friend. You also get an after hours guided tour of the museum collection for you and a friend scheduled at your convenience. (Transportation is your responsibility. )
    You also get some great swag and one year of museum visits for two people for free.

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    • A museum postcard
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    You and your bff can be our bff too

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    • BIGGER name on the donor plaque in the museum
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    A private class for you & a friend

    Come take a class with us. You and a friend will have a private class scheduled for you.
    Snacks and tea/coffee will also be provided.Transport to and from class is your responsibility.
    You also get some great swag and one year of museum visits for one person for free.

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    • A downloadable certificate
    • Your name on our donor's appreciation plaque in the museum
    • One year free admission to the museum certificate
    • Pandora's Logo Patch, Pandora's Box Badge and a sticker
    • A ticket for a private class for 2, Mammals or butterflies :)
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    Cooler than a witches toe

    A hands on private tour of the museum and our private collection, Dinner with the three of us. (transportation is the donors responsibility and is not included)
    Your name( presented as you'd like) on a yet to be determined plaque on a display in the shop.

    Includes:
    • A downloadable certificate
    • BIGGER name on the donor plaque in the museum
    • A yet to be designed museum tote bag
    • One year free admission to the museum certificate
    • Pandora's Logo Patch, Pandora's Box Badge and a sticker
    • Private Tour
    • Dinner with us locally in York (will be nicer than the chip shop)
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    Rock Star Status

    A hands on private tour of the museum and our private collection, (transportation is the donors responsibility and is not included)
    Your name( presented as you'd like) on a yet to be determined plaque on a display in the shop.
    A day to pretend the museum is yours, and hang around all day and some shop swag and oddities as listed below.

    Includes:
    • A downloadable certificate
    • Pandora's Logo Patch, Pandora's Box Badge and a sticker
    • BIGGER name on the donor plaque in the museum
    • A yet to be designed museum tote bag
    • A yet to be designed museum t-shirt
    • Diaphonised mouse, actual specimen
    • Lifetime museum membership for your family
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    Most Important Person Ever

    A hands on private tour of the museum and our private collection, (transportation is the donors responsibility and is not included)
    Your name( presented as you'd like) on a yet to be determined collection at the museum.
    A day to pretend the museum is yours, and hang around all day, dinner with us locally, and some shop swag and cool stuff as listed below.

    Includes:
    • A downloadable certificate
    • BIGGER name on the donor plaque in the museum
    • A yet to be designed museum tote bag
    • Pandora's Logo Patch, Pandora's Box Badge and a sticker
    • A yet to be designed museum t-shirt
    • Lifetime museum membership for your family
    • Museum Collection Named after you
    • Dinner with us locally in York (will be nicer than the chip shop)
    • Play make believe with the collection and pretend it's yours.
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