The Miniature Laboratory and Museum – Berkeley

The very first Miniature Natural History Museum was made as a stage set for an iMovie and still exists in Berkeley on Amador Ave

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There are compasses that are smaller than dimes, and minerals and scales

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And there are micro viewing bottles and small vials of mysterious substances from ‘Ago’

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And there are butterflies and bell jars with several specimens

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Along with some views of birds of the world…

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And here are a couple of new acquisitions which will be coming to the Iowa City Museum:  A book of Natural History that is smaller than a quarter, and a small Chemistry Chart!

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In another corner of the Berkeley Studio, there is this closed cabinet with the mysterious knobs—P and N, possibly for Paris and New York whose nocturnal images are painted on the doors.


Inside are two levels, each with a miniature light over the desk


The top level is the very first miniature laboratory, with many kinds of special blown glass, microscopes, a telescope, and bottles of chemicals.


The lower level is the scholar’s study, with a globe, chess set, miniature stereoscope, artist’s kit, box of cigars, and many different printed books including the Rights of Women in French on it’s own stand.



Angie completed this diorama which captures the tense moment in the meeting between two very shy forest creatures


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