Museum at home: Make a mini art museum

Happy International Museum Day!

All around the world are museums and art galleries that share the stories of different people, places and things. Some art galleries display the works of the great masters. Some museums display objects from ancient civilisations, or dinosaur fossils, dug from the earth. Did you know there is even a museum about toilets in India? How about the museum of dog collars in the UK? There’s definitely something for everyone in museums!

Watch the short video and follow the steps below to create a mini art museum of your own!


You will need:

  • a shoebox (or any box similar in size)
  • plinth template
  • frame template (optional)
  • craft knife
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • sticky tape
  • blue tac
  • paint (optional)
  • brown or coloured paper
  • assorted craft and recycled materials to create your miniature artworks – use whatever you have at home
  • mobile phone or torch (optional)


Using a craft knife, cut a window in the side of your box, almost the same length as the box. This is how you will peep inside your mini museum.

Next, cut two smaller windows in to the lid of your box. These smaller windows will allow light in to your museum. You can make these windows in any shape or size. Our museum has two long, parallel windows.


Paint the inside walls of your box. We used white, to help the artworks stand out. Leave to dry.  To create the floor, cut a piece of coloured paper the same size as the floor. We used brown paper. Use a glue stick to stick the paper to the box floor. If you don’t have any coloured paper you can also paint the floor, or leave it the colour of the box.


Will your art museum have sculptures? Build a plinth or two to display them! Print out the template to create a simple cube. If you don’t have a printer, you could also use any small cardboard box, like a match box, and paint it or cover it in plain paper.

Now it’s time to create some miniature art to display in your art museum! Get creative with whatever craft and recycled materials you have at home. You can print  and cut out the picture frame template to help guide the size of your works. Make sure your sculptures will fit on the plinth! If you use a vary large box, you will need to adjust the size of your frames and plinth.


Sometimes it gets tiring walking around a museum. Wrap a small box in coloured paper to create a small bench. Wrap the box like a present, using sticks tape to secure the paper underneath


Now it’s time to hang your exhibition! Use blue tac to stick your artworks to the walls and place your bench, plinths and sculptures around the room.

Place the lid on the box and peep inside! To light up your display, use the torch setting on a mobile phone and place the light over a window in the roof. This will put a spotlight on the artwork below!


What will be in your museum?

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