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Exhibit Makes Way For The Future

By admin | May 22, 2017

How Exhibit Spaces Can Change Roles Watch this video to see how an exhibit designed to move can transform a gallery. The challenge was to create an interactive exhibit and a changeable gallery suitable for community events. Our solution was to make this substantial installation easily moveable so that a small staff can quickly relocate the…

Exhibiting 18th-century “Tupperware”

By admin | January 22, 2017

Developing themes around piggins, boxes, and buckets at the new Hingham Heritage Museum In the old colonial days, just what did you do with your leftover porridge? Or kept your beans, barley, and groats? Or laundered your clothes or cured your meat? In 1700 almost 30 coopers worked in Hingham, 245 years before Tupperware was…

Work and Culture, Interactive Museum Memories

By admin | January 5, 2017

Exhibit sketch using the Blackstone River as a metaphor, visitors learn through interactive exhibits about how the mills changed the historical landscape Anne Conway, the director of the Museum of Work and Culture,  is the driving force behind “Woonsocket Works” a new exhibit that will give visitors the opportunity to learn through interactive experiences about…

Why is there a lighthouse on top of a mountain?

By admin | November 22, 2016

The War Memorial on top of Mount Greylock It is not a lighthouse, it is a beacon. What is the difference? It is all a matter of context; a lighthouse is specifically designed to guide ocean-going vessels away from treacherous shores and help in pinpointing their location. A beacon is more general, “a fire or…

The Geometry of Giving

By admin | November 8, 2016

Modest as it may be, the donor panel symbolizes something critical; it represents the generosity of the person to whom the building or exhibit owes its existence. Once a neglected design genre, donor panel systems are now striking features in the public spaces of building lobbies. They have grown in sophistication along with the architecture…

Making the Magic of Mount Greylock Accessible

By admin | August 28, 2016

Accessible exterior exhibits provide access, meaning, and magic To the residents of western Massachusetts, selecting Mount Greylock as the scene for a supernatural thriller is as natural as the clouds that envelope the peak giving it its name. After all, they are familiar with sightings of Bigfoot (of course), and ghostly “Old Coot”, a restless Civil…

Rebalancing the Confederate History Experience

By admin | July 19, 2016

Interpretative exhibit design and lessons about American identity and family culture Our understanding of history changes over time, and the Civil War is a topic that is as alive as ever at the Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site in Mexia, Texas.  Established in 1889 as the Joseph E. Johnston Camp of the United Confederate…

What’s on your exhibit bucket list?

By admin | June 3, 2016

Hingham Historical Society’s bucket list – a visitor experience that combines hands-on interactives with visible storage and a new exhibit The Hingham Historical Society’s new Heritage Museum exhibit tells the story of “Bucket Town” where energetic and innovative craftsmen created tens of thousands of wooden buckets along with firkins, piggins, pantry boxes, churns, and other essential…

3 ways to transform a nature center into a nerve center

By admin | May 19, 2016

The third space is central to community vitality Silver Lake Nature Center unites community members in a positive, shared experience through purposeful exhibit content and design. Most of us are busy beavers when it comes to activities of daily living. We rise and shine at home, trudge off to work, shuttle back, and repeat the…

Accessibility is The Visitor Experience

By admin | May 13, 2016

Design for the most important factor—access The Florida Department of Parks and Recreation needed to transform their crown jewel visitor center, Paynes Prairie Preserve; we zeroed in on the most important factor in our design brief—visitor accessibility. While could not change the incredible landscape with a 500-foot long winding path through the hammock that connects…