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Dimensions, January/February 2012—Science Center Exhibitions: Views from the Field


January/February 2012

Exhibitions are perhaps the most quintessential and exciting element of science centers’ work. In this issue of Dimensions, we examine the exhibition philosophies of various institutions, as well as the design principles that lead to great exhibition experiences. In addition, we explore the advantages of tinkering and prototyping in house, the benefits and drawbacks of hosting a major blockbuster, the importance of community in the exhibit development process, and creative ways to extend the exhibition experience post-visit. We hope some of the questions and ideas raised here will form the basis of a future ASTC Community of Practice on exhibits.

  • Designing Exhibits for the Experience, by Robert L. Russell
  • Creating ExhibitFiles, by Wendy Pollock and Kathleen McLean
  • On Growth and Form: Patterns in the Evolution of Exhibits, by Stuart Kohlhagen
  • Internal Capacity: Making a Good Museum Great, by Paul Orselli
  • Shared Creativity in Exhibit Development, by Betsy Adamson
  • Seven Commandments of an Experience Design Company, by Esther Hamstra
  • What Is Your Institution’s Exhibition Philosophy?
  • Explore More: Extending the Visitor Experience, by Dan Bird
  • A Commentary on Blockbuster Traveling Exhibitions, by Robert (Mac) West

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