Are We There Yet? Conversations about Best Practices in Science Exhibition Development, 2004

Book
Short Description:

Summary publication of an invitational conference focused on museum exhibition development. 

Description:

What goes into planning a successful exhibition, and how do we know one when we see it? Co-edited with Catherine McEver, this book gathers the thinking of leading exhibition professionals in a point-counterpoint format that grew out of a 2003 invitational conference at the Exploratorium. Featured in the 132-page book are descriptions of "Twelve Noteworthy Science Exhibitions," including budgets and timelines, project goals, participants, and narratives of the exhibition development process. A CD augments these descriptions with color images and several video walkthroughs. The concluding section, "In the Vernacular," suggests strategies for keeping creativity alive while learning from past practice, using dour novel formats—a "Creativity Killers" poster to hang by your desk, a "Muzine" full of irreverent ideas, tear-out "Weed Seeds" cards with tips for encouraging innovation, and a strand-up card with quotes from people who don't visit museums. Link to two essays written by McLean in the book.

Bibliographic Information:

McLean, Kathleen, and Catherine McEver, eds. Are We There Yet? Conversations about Best Practices in Science Exhibition Development. San Francisco: Exploratorium, 2004.

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