Museums are the perfect fun and educational outing for couples, families and friends. This is due to their impeccable presentation that seems to invite visitors to step closer and learn more. If you’re currently designing your own museum exhibition, you are probably starting the process by deciding which story you want to tell. After all, the best presentations tell their audiences a story, whether it be of a long-extinct animal, a past way of life or musings about the future. Here are three additional tips to help you create a more powerful and engaging exhibition.
1. Take Your Audience on a Journey
When planning the layout of your exhibit, keep the storytelling angle at the forefront of your mind. Just like your favorite stories, your museum exhibit should have a clear beginning, middle and end. Create a linear flow that your audience can follow as they travel throughout the exhibit. This can be accomplished by grouping the items for display in a particular order (chronologically, geographically, scientifically, etc). Once the order is established, guide your audience through engaging graphics, banners, labels, place cards and games to further tell your story.
2. Embrace New and Exciting Technology
While museums of the past may have been “old and stuffy,” emerging technology has brought new life into their educational nature by providing interaction for both children and adults. Consider integrating some technology throughout the exhibit. This can range from hands-on kiosks to video and audio guides. Consider bringing in exhibit design firms to help further increase your museum’s technological endeavors.
3. Incorporate Education
At their core, museums are meant to provide an educational experience. This can be accomplished in so many different ways; from a kid-friendly interactive experience to a more sober and historical journey. Remember your goals for the audience as you plan the exhibition, making sure they will be able to obtain and understand all the information.
Planning a museum exhibition can sometimes be a long and harrowing process from the intensive planning to the final installation. As long as you keep the story and your audience in mind, you’re sure to create something that will be admired and respected for years to come.