Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Museum of Lost Childhood Beliefs

Here is a make-it-yourself museum complete with four galleries, featuring a theme that teeters on the brink between nostalgia and despair. What begins as a little book slowly unfolds...

Opening the museum

... and the result is a little museum that fits in the palm of your hand.

The fully-open museum

Each gallery in the museum celebrates a particular realm of cherished childhood beliefs — or serves as a bitter testimony to parental lies and betrayal, depending on how you look at it. A peek into the four galleries is offered below.

Wishing Gallery panels

Inside the Wishing Gallery

Fairy Gallery panels

Inside the Fairy Gallery

Boogeyman Gallery panels

Inside the Boogeyman Gallery

Gallery of Benevolent Beings panels

Inside the Benevolent Beings gallery

And for the ultimate interactive museum experience, you get to build a little Museum of Lost Childhood Beliefs yourself! Carry it around in your pocket and whip it out to amaze adults and utterly confuse anyone under ten years of age. Guaranteed to stimulate a lot of questions.

Templates for both a two-inch version (adorable because it fits in the palm of your hand) and a three-inch version (with larger images that make it easier to explore all the subtleties of the museum) can be found at the following link:!topic/stuffyoucanthave-downloads/0-aLO8pJnCw.

2-inch and 3-inch versions


  1. Are you now or have you ever been a Werewolf? Were you then or are you now an Arewolf? Sounds like Joseph McCarthy! Love the book. You always create amazing artifacts. Very provocative.
    Thanks and thanks for the instructions and templates.
    Vancouver Barbara

  2. Thank you so much for this! I inadvertently found your awesome blog whilst searching for images of ducks holding books for a project at my library. Came across your duck with a baby doll head and that lead me further down to this bit of amazingness.


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