This “Tiny Museum” Melts Hearts

Seeing this story MADE MY DAY. Thanks to The Brain Scoop for posting it!

GOODBYE lemonade stands! These kids love natural history SO MUCH that they started THEIR OWN MUSEUM.

Miller and Maria Williams hold artifacts from their Tiny Natural History Museum. Boyd Huppert, KARE.

Maria (9) and Miller (10) Williams have been interested in nature since they were very young. Luckily, their parents allowed specimens like spiders, reindeer pelts, and turkey feathers into their home.

Maria loves museums so much that she was determined to open her own museum of natural history. Anna, Maria’s mother, wasn’t sure that opening a museum in a home was legal, but after Maria looked into the bylaws HERSELF, she found no rule against it. That’s serious passion. In fact, Miller even gave up his own bedroom so that Maria could make her own tiny museum. What a nice brother!

They took their now traveling museum to the Southshore Community Center in Excelsior. Miller and a friend worked the admission table, while Maria served as the docent. At the exhibition, Miller, Maria and family were shocked when 75 people showed up.

Over three hours, they made $250!  They donated half to the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota. How AWESOME are they?

The Bell Museum, in return, gave Maria and Miller a few small objects for their own museum and a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s collections.

If you live in Minnesota you can see their collection at the Bell Museum of Natural History on March 26th.  The two will be present during the Saturdays with a Scientist program running from 11 a.m until 2 p.m.

If you can’t make it to their exhibition, be sure to follow them on their own Facebook page!

I’m so curious to see what they’ll be when they grow up! No matter which careers they choose to pursue, I’m sure they’ll both have a wonderful appreciation of our natural world.


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