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  An explainer with children  at Questacon

An explainer helps children with a hands-on experience at Canberra's Questacon.
Photo courtesy Questacon

In addition to providing opportunities for sightseeing...and a library of teaching props, a museum can, in an overall way, make very deep, lasting impressions on its visitors. It can reestablish the visitors' confidence in their own ability to understand and to learn.
—Frank Oppenheimer,
Working Prototypes, 1986

Cheap Exhibit Ideas
Sound in Science Center Exhibits
Outdoor Exhibits
Working with Scientists
Working with Artists
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Cheap Exhibit Ideas
These profiles are based on the popular series Cheapbook: A Compendium of Inexpensive Exhibit Ideas, edited by Paul Orselli. The books, which are available from ASTC Publications, include contributions from exhibit developers worldwide.

Daniel Goldwater: Harmonic Cantilever, 1995

Paul Orselli: Parabolic Spinners, 1995

Steve Pizzey: Windy City, 1995

Al Read: Vanisher, 1995

Fred Stein:Liquid Crystal Wall, 1995
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Sound in Science Center Exhibits

Listening to Exhibits
The resources you'll find here came initially from a workshop called Listening to Exhibits, held in Phoenix, Arizona, in October 2001, in conjunction with the ASTC Annual Conference. The workshop was designed to heighten awareness of the museum soundscape—from ambient sound and noise to sound as an element of multisensory exhibit experiences.

Music of Nature
Groundwork report from 2003-4 planning for a traveling exhibition about the music of nature, and the nature of music.

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Outdoor Exhibits

Natural Attraction: Implementing Your Science Park, by Ronen Mir, ASTC Dimensions, March/April 2003

Butterfly Houses: A Lesson in Conservation and Sustainable Development, by Thomas Krakauer, ASTC Dimensions, September/October 1999

Community Solar Systems, by Mary Dussault, ASTC Newsletter, May/June 1999.

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Working with Scientists

A Scientist for the Day: Exploration and Discovery in the Museum, by J. Shipley Newlin, ASTC Dimensions, September/October 2001

Paul Dusenbery: Bringing Space Science Down to Earth, 2000

Evalyn Gates: Bringing Research into the Museum, 2000

Steve Lee: Making Mars Real, 2000

Mark Voit: Designing the Hubble Exhibition, 2000
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Working with Artists

The Greater Good: Why We Need Artists in Science Museums, by Peter Richards, ASTC Dimensions, July/August 2002
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More Resources

greenexhibits.orgExhibitFiles.org
ExhibitFiles is a community website for and by people who make exhibits—a place to meet colleagues, find out about exhibits, and share your own. Development of ExhibitFiles is a project of ASTC, in collaboration with Ideum, Independent Exhibitions, and a distinguished group of contributors and advisors, with funding from the National Science Foundation. The ExhibitFiles blog opened in July 2006.

ASTC Publications sells books about exhibitions in science centers and museums, including the Cheapbook series, Planning for People in Museum Exhibitions, User Friendly: Hands-On Exhibits That Work, the Cell Lab Cookbook, Experiment Bench, and more.

greenexhibits.orgGreenExhibits.org provides resources for museum planners who want to design and build more sustainable exhibits and facilities.

TryScienceTryScience.org offers a search feature that searches the web sites of more than 400 science centers. If you are looking for exhibitions on a particular topic, this is a good place to start.

British Interactive GroupBritish Interactive Group (BIG)
An organization "for people running science centres...artists, archaeologists, educators, students, front of house staff, evaluators and anyone involved in hands-on communication."


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