Congratulations!! You found the Hattiesburg Pocket Museum…. The tiniest museum in Mississippi!

This museum hosts collections of every sort and is meant to inspire, delight, and intrigue as you peer into our “cabinet of curiosities”!

We want you to become a part of our ever-changing museum! We accept collections of all types from the whimsical (perhaps, a collection of tiny felt mice) to the macabre (maybe, bejeweled skulls or bones).

To submit a collection for consideration to be exhibited, please read the following:

1.  The collection needs to be between 30-50 items. However, we will consider any unusual collection if it strikes our fancy!

2.  You must submit at least five photographs of your items. We will then determine if these would be a good fit for the museum and how we might display them. You may include details about items that would be of interest to the public in understanding your collection. 

3.  Items are on loan to the Museum (administered by the Hattiesburg Convention Commission) for 60 days. We commit to exhibiting them for a minimum of 30 days (except in February).

4.  Your collection will be returned to you upon removal at the end of your ‘month’, and when the next collection is ready for display.

5.  Although the museum is monitored by security cameras and installed behind special protective glass, the Museum is not responsible for loss or damage to your collection.

6.  By submitting your collection for consideration via email, you are agreeing to the instructions and terms contained herein should you be chosen to exhibit. 

7.  The Hattiesburg Pocket Museum reserves the right to present the museum and its contents in the manner that we desire.

8.  The Hattiesburg Pocket Museum reserves the right to change things that don’t work for us.

9.  The Hattiesburg Pocket Museum reserves the right to close loopholes on the spot.

10.  The Hattiesburg Pocket Museum reserves the right to improve our terms and agreements.

To inquire, submit, or otherwise comment, please email the Museum at pocket@hattiesburg.org.

The December 2020 exhibit brought out the detective in all of us….

I SPY: Christmas Edition 

I spy with my little eye, lots of toys, trinkets and pretty Christmas cheer! The game I Spy originated in Victorian England in the late 1800’s. It remains a common pastime played by children and adults alike, mostly during family gatherings or on long trips. One person secretly chooses an object that they can ‘spy with his/her little eye‘ and others take turns trying to guess what it is. 

The first mention of ‘I Spy‘ was in The Manchester (UK) Times, January 1889. This account explained the rules: 

“After the lantern, we had games of various kinds. One was called “I Spy.” To play it all the children sit round the room. One of the players chooses some object, which he must actually see, and then says, “I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with ‘P’ or whatever the first letter happens to be.” 

This month’s exhibit contains the tiny toy collection of musician, actress and artist, Abigail Lenz Allen. Since she was…well, tiny…she has collected hundreds of little toys. Abi’s collection requirements are that they must be tiny, odd and unique. What better exhibit for the season and your own game of “I SPY”. We hope you will search for the oddest or most unique toy in this collection. Perhaps, it will remind you of your favorite Christmas toy. 

Did you spy the golden angel who needs a hand? 

Did you spot the X-Wing pilot? 

Would you like a kitty stacked like a cake? 

Did you find the most incredible husband in the world? 

And…does Santa look a bit put out with all these crazy toys? 

Objects: various tiny, odd and unique toys 

Collection brought to you by: Abigail Lenz Allen (and a few elves


Our November 2020 exhibit is worth…a thousand words!

This month’s exhibit is a genre of art that we imagine you have never seen!

“Book Sculpting” artists use tiny tweezers, knives, picks and scalpels to dissect old books into beautiful new

sculptures revealing elements of the original you may never have noticed.
Perhaps this form of art proves the adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words!”
This Colorado artist spends dozens of hours on his creations and when he begins, does not know what will
ultimately be revealed. Each book speaks to the artist and every little slice and clip slowly tells the story
hidden in the pages. Our artist chooses vintage books which usually have interesting and unique pictures

between the bindings. By doing so, he gives new life to the book and its story!
In addition, the artist constructs one-of-a-kind “Steampunk” artifacts
to build a unique vignette to present these most unusual creations.
Enjoy a few minutes looking at what this exhibit reveals and see if you can find:

A queen and her crown?
The lunar lander?

And, finally, two kids wearing their masks?

Book Sculptures and Steampunk Artwork by: Shane Cooper, a full-time cybersecurity expert, part-time artist, and inveterate Jeep enthusiast based in Denver, Colorado.


The October collection…our spookiest exhibit yet!

 Our October “collection” features… 

Tools of the Trade: Serial Killer 

While the Hattiesburg Pocket Museum is usually all about fun and games, it’s October and we want to put a tingle in your spine! Peer inside our tiny museum and find the stuff that nightmares are made of. 

Serial Killers have been around since the beginning of time, but the first “modern” killer was “Jack the Ripper” who killed at least 5 women in London in 1888. Interestingly, this case launched a MASSIVE manhunt and investigation to which many modern day investigation techniques were pioneered. This watershed moment in the field of criminal investigation created a worldwide media frenzy. Because of the media coverage, “Jack the Ripper” spurred copycat killers and spawned many theories on his identity…though he was NEVER found! 

Since then, the public’s fascination with the likes of Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and the Zodiac Killer have been the subject of television shows and podcasts. Movies such as Silence of the Lambs or Mr. Brooks have fascinated and terrified the public at the same time. Shows like Dexter and You have made us all too aware of the serial killer’s brilliantly twisted psyche…and the realization that you never really know someone! 

Would you start with the ice pick or the scalpel? 

Do you think the ubiquitous white van is too suspicious? 

If you were a serial killer, what “trophy” would you collect? 

Wait, did you hear that ??? 

We would love to talk more, but we are having an old friend for dinner… 

Collection by: Dexter Morgan, living somewhere in the Pacific Northwest 


 Our September 2020 exhibition was for the birds, well…ducks. Rubber ducks, that is!

September has been an exciting month for the Pocket Museum and for downtown Hattiesburg! We hosted the first Great Downtown Duck Hunt and everyone had a blast! Unfortunately, our alley cat (statue) named Charlie was murdered (broken)….so very sad….but we are so thankful to have many loyal followers and friends looking out for our special place now! Thank you to everyone that joined in making September a huge “ducking” success! See if you can spot our last ever photo of Charlie with all of his parts in our gallery above.

 Our September inDUCKtee into the Hattiesburg Pocket Museum is… 

The Rubber Duck! 

This beloved toy dates back to the mid-1800s when rubber manufacturing started. Many rubber animals were crafted, but the duck seemed to be the one toy that mothers found would coax their children into the weekly washtub. (During this time, the weekly bath was shared by all the family and kids were bathed last…when the water was at its murkiest.) 

The Rubber Duck caught a HUGE break on February 25, 1970 when Ernie from Sesame Street got into his tubby with nice, fluffy suds and belted out the tune, “Rubber Duckie(voiced by Mississippi’s own JIM HENSON)! This single not only sold 1 million copies, but topped #16 on the “Hot 100” charts and was nominated for a Grammy! 

Rubber Ducks have also played an important role in tracking ocean currents and the movement of accumulating plastics in the ocean. In 1992, a cargo ship accidently dropped 28,000 rubber ducks into the North Pacific. For years, these lost ducks found their way to Alaska, Hawaii, China, the Artic, and even Maine. While tragic, scientists learned valuable information on how “garbage patches” are formed in our oceans. 

Can you find the ‘duck-tor’ with a stethoscope? 

Did you spot the double yolk? 

Would you like one with a side of fries? 

Did you find all of today’s letters? 

Objects: various rubber ducks 

Collection brought to you by: the letters W, T & F and the number 2020 


 For the August 2020 exhibition, we present to you the ultimate “pocket” collection…. The Swiss Army Knife! 

The first Swiss Army knives were developed in the late 1880s and were not actually Swiss, they were made in Germany! (But only for a few short years until the Swiss landed the army contract!) 

The knives were used by the Swiss Army to open cans and repair rifles, thus, their multi-tool function. They became famous in the United States from GI’s bringing them home from WWII. 

There are currently over 100 models of this popular brand of knife all with different tools including screwdrivers, corkscrews, can openers, flashlights, ballpoint pens, and even a USB drive. These knives are so useful they have been carried by astronauts into space and been used to make “out of this world” repairs! 

Here, in the Hattiesburg Pocket Museum, this collection features many of the limited edition knives that Victorinox has produced each year since 2010. 

Can you find the knife made of cheese? 

Did you spot the skateboard knife? 

Have you visited all the National Parks featured? 

Did you see William Tell? 

Objects: Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Knives  Collection of: Anonymous