Hans Fex is the Creator of the Mini Museum (MM), a pocket-sized collection of rare specimens from Earth and beyond, which are encased in Lucite® acrylic resin. The rare and carefully selected contents can span billions of years, making the Mini Museum a sought-after collector’s item. It all started in 2014 and is now onto its fourth edition in 2018.

These truly unique products are crafted by one of our long-term customers, Meisner Acrylic Casting, who have been using Lucite® branded monomers and polymers since its inception over 30 years ago.

We speak to Hans to find out a little bit more about his creative passion and why Lucite® acrylic is the material of choice to house his precious collection.

 

How do you source the items for the Mini Museum?

HF: I’ve been collecting items for several decades now. Along the way, I’ve met scientists, curators, and other avid collectors around the world. New items for the Mini Museum come from many of these wonderful people. We also source items from public auctions (Christies, Bonhams, etc.) and go directly into the field. For example, for the Fourth Edition I went to the Amazon Rainforest in Peru and returned with water samples taken from the Amazon River.

 

Hans Fex collecting water from the Amazon River.

Do you have a process for selecting the items for Mini Museum?

HF: The Mini Museum has a general flow that begins with some of the oldest matter we’ve ever collected and typically ends with a return to the stars in the form of a human space exploration artefact. In between we try to tell a story about our planet and our solar system. Color, shape, and texture also play a role, so in the end, it is part art and part science.

Why do you choose Lucite® acrylic over any other material?

HF: The quality is unmatched and given that we are sharing items that are among the rarest on Earth, it is important that the quality of the display itself match and can last.

Meisner Acrylic Casting: When Mini Museum came to us they were looking for quality as well as great optics and an archival material. The creation of the pieces for MM is labor-intensive, we take the specimens that have been collected and prepared at the MM headquarters, and hand place each one into the limited edition Museum.  Although they look similar, each MM is unique. Each piece inside the MM is treated like a fine work of art, made to last generations.

 

 

What characteristics of Lucite® acrylic have helped Mini Museum to stand out?

HF: Absolutely flawless optical clarity! It’s almost as if the tiny specimens are suspended in space.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

HF: This year we launched a new line of jewelry based on the idea of sharing these incredible objects with people you love. I think we’ll do more of that in addition to the themed projects. Also before launching our first Kickstarter, I was a product developer and a toymaker. I have many ideas which have inspired me over the years and I’m hoping to come back to some of those as the Mini Museum continues to grow.

 

Extraterrestrial Amino Acids included in the Mini Museum.

What does the future hold for Mini Museum?

HF: With our Fourth Edition, we’ve now shared over 100 specimens with the world. It seems like a lot but we have just scratched the surface. There is so much to share and we expect to continue the journey. We’ll likely dive deeper into certain subjects with themed editions, but for now let’s just say that we have more than a few secrets left to reveal.

For more on Mini Museum:

http://minimuseum.com/

To learn more about Mesiner Acrylic Castings:

www.acryliccasting.com