Hayao Miyazaki, Executive Director of the museum and one of the two geniuses behind Studio Ghibli, didn’t want to make a traditional, stuffy museum when planning the Ghibli Museum. In a blog post describing his goals for the site, he wrote that the museum shouldn’t be only for existing fans, nor did he want to just include artwork from existing films, but also new projects and special short films made just for the museum. He wanted visitors to be able to understand, just by looking at the exhibits, what the artists’ creative spirits were trying to achieve. Exhibits include the machines used to film the animation, a recreation of an art director’s studio, artwork and scrapbooks used in the process of making films, and lifesize recreations of sets from some of the movies. There’s also a small theater which plays animated short films, made exclusively for the museum.