The Mini Museum came to life as the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign in March of 2014. The final product represents the culmination of the life-long dream of Hans Fex, creator and Chief Curator of the Mini Museum:
"Many things inspired me but it really started with my father. He was a research scientist and a Director at the National Institutes of Health. Growing up, we had a subscription to every great science magazine - and living near Washington DC we visited the Smithsonian museums and saw dinosaur bones, meteorites and rockets almost every weekend. My father kept an amazing collection of artifacts at his laboratory office and also at home.
In 1977, the historic year of Star Wars and the Atari 2600, my father had returned from Malta with some artifacts that he had embedded into epoxy resin. I had never seen this done before and It was beautiful.
Then, all at once, I saw it - my first product idea. The mini museum. A grand collection within a manageable space. I was seven years old.
Several times throughout the next year I would discuss the project with my father and with his friends. These were researchers who had won Nobel Prizes and been knighted for their scientific accomplishments. They helped me refine the list to about 20 things we all agreed we'd like to have on our desks or in our pockets and they recommended ways of acquiring each of them - we even got on the phone and started calling museum curators for recommended sources.
It was a fun childhood project, but over the decades I've never let go of the idea. I've spent a lifetime collecting specimens from across the world from various sources recommended by museum curators, research scientists and university historians.
In the past year, I've spent the last year cataloging my collection, doing research, and experimenting with dozens of production and manufacturing techniques to make the mini museum a reality and I'm finally ready to share it with you. I've never been more passionate about a project in my entire life."
After the Kickstarter campaign, Hans and the Mini Museum team spent nine months building the final product. Their story is detailed in a series of project updates sent to thousands of backers in 68 different countries. The updates include information about the manufacturing process and specimen preparation.