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“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”

Carl Sagan

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of the imagination.”

John Dewey

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.”

Albert Einstein

“Think of it as a theater, from a lighting and engineering standpoint. But it’s not a performance space. It’s an engagement space.”

Jay Walker


Imagination is more important than reason.

– Albert Einstein

Founded in 1997, the Museum of Lost Wonder exists to illuminate some of life’s biggest mysteries.

Follow in the footsteps of early scientists and philosophers, who combined imagination and observation in their search for knowledge. Using modern everyday examples, the exhibit show that this search is still relevant today, and that by learning about the attempts of others, we discover important things about ourselves.”<home>

Take the Tour

“This book is a combination of alchemical lore and psychology, among other subjects. Jeff Hoke is an artist and the senior exhibition designer at California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium. He states he received his inspiration from the eclectic museums and curiosity cabinets of the 1600s. He wrote the book with the idea to return the readers to an enchanted time before science became a belief system unto itself and of itself!

Hoke has created seven exhibition halls, named for the stages of alchemical transformation from what is best defined as base matter to divinely inspired knowledge. What is fascinating about this book is that it includes pull-out interactive paper models. The chapters include items on the creation and universe, dream states, visions, and hypnosis. Dealing with human consciousness, many intriguing possibilities and concepts are introduced including quantum physics and Tibetan Buddhism. A classic in the making, this is one of the most unusual books you will come across!” <Ghostvillage review>


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