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This first ever Little Museum will host rotating, bite-sized exhibits across a broad range of topics including science and technology.
This first ever Little Museum will host rotating, bite-sized exhibits across a broad range of topics including science and technology.
43 backers pledged $1,646 to help bring this project to life.


Little Free Museum



Update: We hit our goal! Thanks everyone. Just a quick note that the metal work alone will cost around $1500, so every little bit above our goal will help fund construction. Thanks again!


Following in the footsteps of Little Free Libraries and Little Galleries as a community project, the Little Free Museum movement is just beginning.

Our goal is to get people of all ages excited about science, technology, and natural history. To inspire exploration and discovery in all aspects of daily life.

  • Why do leaves of aspen trees turn yellow but maples turn red?
  • What makes ice so slippery?
  • Does lightning really travel from the earth to the clouds instead of the other way around?

The Little Free Museum (LFM) will host rotating, bite-sized exhibits covering a broad range of topics such as the examples above. Some exhibits will be interactive, some simply informative, but all will aim to ignite a spark inside those who pass by. Because of the harsh Wisconsin winters, we will run seasonally from April through October. In addition to the previous questions, here's sampling of exhibit ideas:

  • What makes the sun rise?
  • Why does wood float?
  • Why do some clocks have pendulums?
  • What makes plants grow?
  • How do magnets work?
  • What Am I? -- A recurring exhibit featuring a mystery picture or object
  • Famous Old People -- A recurring exhibit featuring scientists and inventors throughout history

Funding will cover construction of the first ever LFM, to be opened this summer and located on the 1900 block of East Mifflin Street in Madison, WI. Our hope is that a love of science will spur LFMs to crop up on other streets, in other cities, and that this love of science will be carried forward to future generations.

Any excess funding will cover ongoing exhibit costs and maintenance.

We welcome any feedback, input, and exhibit ideas. Email us at!

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is the ongoing effort involved in identifying and planning exhibits. If we cannot keep up with this planning, we will reach out to local science teachers to help. Students can showcase projects and potentially earn extra credit by exhibiting at LFM.

We also hope to gain support from the soon-to-open local science museum. They might find it worthwhile to advertise upcoming special exhibits via the LFM.

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