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Pop Up Museum

These posts share the story of the Pop Up Museum, a new MAH initiative that helps visitors connect more deeply to museum artifacts. At Pop Up Museums, you can share your own artifacts and stories and learn more about the unique objects that our community holds dear.

These posts are in reverse chronological order–if you want to start at the beginning, click on the bottom one first.

Building a Home with Pop Up Museums

Last week the Pop Up Museum traveled to Berkeley, CA for a pop up museum on “Building a Home” with the Youth Training Project (YTP) The YTP, which is a project of the California Youth Connection, “empowers transition-age foster youth, who are experts in navigating the foster care system, to develop and deliver best-practice training for professionals […]

Displaying Artwork at the Pop Up Museum

Pop Up Museums can serve different functions, which are not necessarily mutually exclusive. They can be a platform for public conversation, a community storytelling space, a creative meet up for an intact group, and an ephemeral exhibit for artists. We had a Pop Up Museum on Altered Books last weekend at the Friend’s of Santa Cruz […]

Pop Up Museum on Her Story

Last night we threw a charming Pop Up Museum on “Her Story” to celebrate the women who’ve made an impact on society and in our community. The event took place during Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Displaying objects from letters to handmade quilts, the museum became a cozy story corner in MAH’s atrium. […]

Mending Hearts with Pop Up Museum on “F my Ex”

How do we deal with heartbreak? What do we do with the memory-wrenching remnants of a failed relationship? The Pop Up Museum on “F my Ex” held at local bar, The Red, invited people to bring something from a failed relationship– art, cd’s, old clothes, etc– and share their breakup stories over cocktails and a […]

Taking Risks with a Private Pop Up Museum

The Pop Up Museum is usually a totally public event. Its inclusiveness is part of its radical charm—it’s free and open to all. Anyone can bring an object and anyone can visit the museum. But we wondered…what would a private Pop Up Museum look like? So we collaborated with NextSpace, a coworking community who provides […]