Monday, November 28, 2011

Michael's Museum Mondays

Today Michael visited with families from both coasts - L.A. and N.Y.C. - and many families from the city and suburbs of Chicago.

Sophia (3 years old) and Michael made "Puff Ball Cupcakes." She was able to imagine each color puff ball as a flavor: Red = Cherry, Brown = Chocolate, White = Vanilla, Pink = Strawberry.

Julie (2 years old) enjoyed calling the "Cat" a "Dog" and the "Elephant" a "Horse." She would giggle showing that she really was teasing.

A bother (10 years old) and sister (13 years old) were identifying correctly the people in the Changing Collections Cabinet on the Lego "Famous Mini Figures" shelf. They noticed that most of the figures were "created" by the guest collector, not "purchased."

Michael and a Caregiver discussed in Spanish, the fact that she brings the children to Michael's Museum at least once a week.

Come visit with Michael, Curator of Michael's Museum, on Mondays in December (5, 12, 19) between 10:30 and 12:30.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Had a very serious conversation with a kindergardener today in Michael's Museum. He noticed that I was carrying a bunch of "puff balls" from one Visitor Display Cabinet to the Visitor Display Type Tray on the wall.

"I made a Fuzzy out of a puff ball," he commented.

"Oh, tell me all about that," I replied.

"Well you make feet out of a piece of leather and glue the puff ball on the feet. Then you very carefully glue two google eyes in place. Then you give it a name. I have made millions of Fuzzys."

"Wow, how nice to have a Fuzzy Collection. Thanks for sharing."

Sunday, November 20, 2011


The Lego MINIFIG MADNESS Part II is now in place at Michael's Museum in the Changing Collections Cabinet on loan from Guest Collectors. The show will be up until January 2, 2012.

Come see over 125 Lego mini figures, most of which are not for sale from Lego but rather have been created by Amethel who has been collecting Legos since she was in Junior High School (some 20-30 years ago?) 

Come see the Thanksgiving Feast, the Winter and Christmas VIllage, the family in their apartment celebrating Kwanzaa, and in another apartment a family celebrating Chanukah.

Pictures will be posted soon. Drop by MM@CCM!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

TODAY: Saturday November 19, 2011

Michael will be in Michael's Museum this morning helping Amethel install Holiday Lego Minifigures in the Changing Collections Cabinet. Drop by.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Today in Michael's Museum

Met a woman whose son-in-law has collected over 2,000 Donald Ducks of all sizes.

Visited with a father and his son who spend time together in Michael's Museum at least once a month. The father still has a large collection of Action Figures proudly displayed on the shelves in his childhood bedroom in his parent's home.

Talked with a woman, in Spanish, from Ecuador about the differences of how Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico vs Ecuador.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Native American Heritage Month

Be sure to visit the Native American Tiny Treasures Collection in Michael's Museum.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Visitor Display Areas

In Michael's Museum, there are many Visitor's Display Areas waiting to be "curated" by a child, sometimes with the help of a parent, using many of the available "Tiny Treasures."

On the Curator's Desk, this cabinet is filled with wooden animals.

Also on the Curator's Desk, this muffin tin is filled with plastic buttons ready to be "baked into cupcakes in the oven" according to the visitor who curated it.

In no particular order, someone organized these Puff Balls into a Visitor Display Cabinet on the wall. Additional Puff Balls are waiting in the drawer below.

Colorful Spools & Puff Balls line a Printer's Typeset Tray on the wall of
Michael's Museum: A Curious Collection of Tiny Treasures
at Chicago Children's Museum on Navy Pier
Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Today we celebrated Michael's Museum's 6 month anniversary! There was cake and candy and celebration.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


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