Commissions are bespoke box developments with you and your team. So far, boxes have been made to support oral history collection, collaboration with artists, gathering community response, enhancing education/outreach, and broadening reach of collections.

Commissioning Institutions

Have a look at the commissions we’ve made so far.

How do commissions work?

Broadly speaking, making a Museum in a Box consists of:

  1. Selecting objects
  2. Digitising objects
  3. Creating content for each object
  4. Producing that content
  5. Printing objects
  6. Creating the container box
  7. Building and configuring the Brain
  8. Delivering the box

The cost of each commission is derived from the box’s contents, who will produce what, and how objects will be printed. Once we understand what will be in the box that we can determine production cost.

What our partners say

Featuring Abira from London Metropolitan Archives, John from Jewish Museum London, and Caroline from GOSH Arts (collaborator on our London Borough of Camden commission)

The best thing about the box was that you could touch everything, so you could feel it, because I think that’s better than just being able to look at everything.”

who used our British Museum box

“This democratises the experience of art.”

Collaborator on the Camden box

“We couldn’t be happier with the results, and the Museum in a Box team were fantastic throughout the making process. Their creative advice and practical expertise have been invaluable and the final product has exceeded our expectations.”

Jewish Museum London

“The Smithsonian Libraries’ rich collections serve as a trusted resource to the scholarly community, but we have fallen short in disseminating knowledge to a wider and younger audience. Therefore, the Education Program has created a classroom resource, I See Wonder, to uncover our collections and frame them with context and questions that promote discovery and the desire to learn. Through the web-based platform, the student’s experience can only go so deep. In partnership with Museum in a Box we are able to bring the content off the screen and into people’s hands. Thanks to the box’s Brain, the visual, literary, tactile, aural, and digital elements transform I See Wonder and the classroom into a sensorial learning experience—sharing the Smithsonian Libraries’ collections with a new audience and fostering meaning making for students of all ages.”

Smithsonian Institution Libraries


We’ll happily discuss a commission with you at any time, so if you’re interested, please send us your Expression of Interest!