Museum in a Box is a new resource-lending program from the Jewish Children’s Museum. These multimedia exhibits are packed full of Jewish history, from the story of Creation to present day. Through touch, sight and sound, Museum in a Box creates a screen-free environment to get in-depth learning. The program is a free resource for learners in 7th – 10th Grades and their educators.


What is Museum in a Box?

Museum in a Box is a new resource-lending program. Each Box comes with an audio box (called a boop box), 14 artifacts, a giant timeline for the classroom, a teacher resource guide with research and discussion questions and a PDF file of worksheets are available for each student.  When each artifact is placed on the boop box, it plays a recording with the description and history of the item. There are also 4 music soundtracks, a giant classroom timeline, a teachers’ resource guide and PDF files of supplementary classroom notes for students.

How much does it cost to rent the Museum in a Box?

Aside from the $15 flat-rate shipping, which covers shipping within the US, the box is completely free!

We do require a refundable security deposit of $350, which is fully refunded once we receive back the box with all its contents in good condition.

How can I rent the Museum in a Box? 

To borrow a Box for your school, or for more information about this program, email us at or call 718-907-8888.

How long is the loan period?

You can choose to have the box for either 2 weeks or 3 weeks-  just select the option that works for you when you send us the agreement form. The 2 (or 3) week period does not include shipping time.

I’ve already booked the Museum in a Box. How will I know when I’ll be receiving it?

Your reservation will be confirmed when a staff member at the Jewish Children’s Museum reaches out to you. Have a look in your inbox for something from If you can’t see anything after 2 weeks, you can always reach out to us at

How do I use the Museum in a Box?

Here are 7 steps to help you get started:

  1. When your box arrives, it will be in a perfectly shaped cardboard box. Save the cardboard box- you will use this box to mail the Jewish History box back to us.Take out your case from the cardboard box. When you open your case, there will be a checklist at the top. You can use this when your box arrives to make sure you have everything, and again when you send to box back, to make sure nothing was misplaced
  2. You can unroll your timeline across the table- you’ll need quite a lot of space for it. On the timeline, there are icons for each artifact. On the bottom of each artifact, you will see the corresponding icon sticker. You can place each artifact on the timeline.
  3. Your boop box needs to be plugged into the wall to play audios. Plug in the micro-USB into the back of the box. The boop box will turn on automatically. Wait until the light turns green before you start playing any audio. You can adjust the volume as well.
  4. Each artifact has a sticker on the bottom. When you set an artifact onto the boop box, the audio will automatically start playing. If it doesn’t, you may need to pick it up and re-settle it on the center of the boop box.
  5. The Jewish History box was created for non-traditional learning. To get the most out of it, encourage your learners to come explore the timeline, touch the artifacts and listen to the boop box from up-close.
  6. Included in the packet is a teacher’s resource guide. This is yours to keep.
    • Each artifact has a space in the resource guide. There is an icon that matches the icons on the timeline, and on the artifact stickers. On each artifact page, there is a transcript of the audio, and information about the actual artifact.
    • On the bottom of each page is a QR code. When you scan it with your phone, it will take you to a web page with more information about the topic of each artifact.
    • On the bottom of each artifact page, there are questions for discussion with your class.
    • At the back of the resource guide, there is a list of a few famous Jewish people throughout history. The class can use this list to conduct more research.
    • At the back of the resource guide is information on the songs that are on the mini CD.
    • On the final pages of the resource guide is a list of research project ideas for students of all ages.
  1. When you requested the box, you will have received an email confirmation with attached PDF documents. These can be printed out for the students to use for note-taking while you are exploring the Jewish History Box. Each page comes with an icon at the top, for clarity. The sheets have prompts at the top, and empty lines underneath for students to write in their own notes.

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