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Exhibition Design

1/3, 1/3, 1/3

After years of experimentation I have have come to the formula 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 1/3 Of the exhibits off the shelf1/3 Of the exhibits off the shelf, and modified1/3 Of the exhibits custom to the institution The balance assures that the exhibits will work, will be cost effective and will …

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Why Would Anyone Hire a Designer?

Almost all of my favorite projects didn’t have design help. City MuseumMutterExploratorium The places grew out of a passion to create. No one can design that, it happens. You can create a culture and an environment that fosters creativity, exploration and discovery, but you can’t design it.

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$24 Per Person!, California Academy of Science

At $24 per person, the California Academy of Science is setting a tone before you enter the door, two adults and two children, $78 dollars!  for a public institution.  This is a violation of the trust between a learning institution and the public.  That is before we even discuss if …

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Constructivism Learning Theory

Modern interactive learning in science centers and children’s museums is based on Constructivist Learning Theory. Below is an excerpt from Wikepedia: “Formalization of the theory of constructivism is generally attributed to Jean Paiget, who articulated mechanisms by which knowledge is internalized by learners. He suggested that through processes of accommodation …

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Interactive Exhibit Philosophy

I came across an excellent article by Kthryne McGrath. Below is an excerpt: “By setting up a problem to be solved, demanding interaction, producing effects from direct actions and allowing variations of approach, cognitive development in children is enhanced. Hands-On Children’s Museums encourage contextually relevant reasoning. These museums are successful, …

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PG&E Look Forward Bus

PGE Look Forward Bus

Mark Walhimer Exhibition Design is pleased to announce the completion of the PG&E Look Forward Bus, a new 38' mobile exhibition focused on alternative and renewable energy. Traveling throughout Northern California and Nevada, the bus provides a fun interactive, educational journey for kids, adults and families. Walhimer Associates planned the visitor experience, managed fabrication and served as owner's representative from start to finish. The bus hit the road April, 2007.

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