We’ve all got fascinating things, but not everyone gets to show them off in a museum. Thanks to the Pop Up Museum, that’s all about to change…

The Pop Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate. It works by choosing a theme and venue and then inviting people to bring an object on-topic to share. Participants write a label for their object and leave it on display. A Pop Up Museum usually lasts a few hours on one day. Popping up in unorthodox arts spaces, like libraries or laundromats, Pop Up Museums focus on bringing people together in conversation through stories, art, and objects. They can happen anytime, anywhere, and with any community.

Want to host your own Pop Up Museum? Check out our Pop Up Museum Organizer’s kit, which offers tips and step-by-step advice on hosting Pop Up Museums.

This project is being directed by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) and was designed by MAH’s Exhibitions Coordinator Nora Grant. If you want to learn more about the Pop Up Museum project, read Pop Up Museum findings  and an article published in the National Association of Museum Exhibition.