Tucked into the corner of the dining room at The North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami was a small makeshift building, and a glimpse through the door revealed a metallic room with constantly fluctuating neon lights.
Crypto.IQ investigated, and inside was one of the first Bitcoin museums in the world. Heath Hawkins, the head of creative at Proxley, gave Crypto.IQ an in-depth tour of the Bitcoin museum. Each room had a separate theme and numerous interesting art pieces.
The first room was the cypherpunk movement, which was a movement defined by coders who were creating anonymity technology to enhance freedom. Satoshi Nakamoto is a cypherpunk, and Bitcoin was originally released on the cypherpunk mailing list. 467 masks decorated the room, representing the multitudes of anonymous cypherpunks who got Bitcoin started.
The second room was the Bitcoin genesis room, and there was a genesis block sculpture with abstract paintings on each side to represent the abstract thought that went into the creation of Bitcoin.
There is also a throne made of blocks with the words “I am Satoshi Nakamoto” above it. The throne is empty because the public does not know Satoshi’s identity to this day.
A painting of “Mount Faketoshi” resides in the genesis room, with paintings of several people who were said to be Satoshi but later debunked including Elon Musk, Craig Wright, Hal Finney, and Dorian Nakamoto.
The tour continues into the Bitcoin pizza room, to commemorate the two large Papa John’s pizzas that were purchased for 10,000 Bitcoins. This was the first time that Bitcoin was used to purchase real goods, and these are perhaps the most expensive pizzas in history. A couple of large inflatable pizzas are on the wall, and there is a stack of Papa John’s pizza boxes with a 10,000 Bitcoin price tag.
Additionally, there were tweets in frames on the wall showing people who dumped Bitcoin way too early in 2011.
In the next room is Ross Ulbricht’s prison cell. Ulbricht is the Founder of Silk Road and worked under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts. The Silk Road was important for increasing Bitcoin adoption in the early days of Bitcoin.
Ulbricht got a double life sentence plus 40 years despite major Silk Road drug dealers getting much lower sentences. Ulbricht’s mother was at the conference gathering signatures for a petition to get a presidential pardon.
The next room in the Museum of Bitcoin was the 2014 bear market room, which was precipitated by the collapse of Mt. Gox. There is a Mt. Gox sculpture in the room.
There is a Bitcoin price chart for 2014 on the wall, and the graph is surprisingly similar to the 2018 bear market.
The last room in the Museum of Bitcoin is future themed. It looks like a room from outer space, with stunning 3D and animated Bitcoin visuals. There is a Bitcoin logo that responds to touch. There is also a virtual reality game in the room where users literally can go into another dimension, and there are plans to make an entire virtual reality room in the museum in the future.
Unfortunately, the Museum of Bitcoin has been torn down since the North American Bitcoin Conference is over. There are hopes however for a bigger and more permanent Museum of Bitcoin in the future.