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The Reminiscence Boxes are designed for aged-care facilities and community groups. The Reminiscence Boxes contain multi-sensory material inspired by nature, including dioramas, specimens, images, audio, DVDs and background information to stimulate reminiscence in a group setting. The Boxes are designed for participants with a range of physical and cognitive abilities. The themed resources and objects can be touched, handled and passed around to act as memory triggers to encourage communication.


Reminiscence Box
One of the the Reminiscence Boxes being used by a group. Image: Karen Player
© Australian Museum

There are six themed boxes which can be used to encourage reminiscence through touch, sight and sounds:

  • Bats
  • Birds
  • Frogs
  • Possums
  • Reptiles
  • Sharks

All of these topics have hands-on material, specimens, background notes, books and digital resources. The Reminiscence Boxes are designed to foster communication, social interaction and provide the opportunity to have the Australian Museum come to you.

Reminiscence boxes are available for 3 week loan periods. There is a $110 booking, handling and freight charge for NSW organisations and $182 for interstate organisations.


Book a Museum in a Box