Interpretive Planning and Museum Exhibition Design

During the past 30 years, cultural institutions and heritage organizations have transformed themselves from being collection-focused to visitor-focused, engaging in an audience-centered approach to fulfilling their missions. To be audience-centered means taking into account the personal context of the visitor and the holistic nature of the museum visit.

Our projects exemplify this new museum approach and reflect museums in the 21st century. We look at the museum visit in a social-recreational context, where the visitor experience is not only educational but also social, entertaining, and fun. Here, interpretive plans and exhibit experiences provide multiple learning pathways to appeal to a wide range of ages and capabilities.

National Baseball Hall of Fame “Sandlot” Exhibit
National Baseball Hall of Fame “Sandlot” Exhibit

This exhibit sought to introduce baseball’s youngest fans to the sport and to the National Baseball Hall of Fame through a theme based on the movie “The Sandlot”. read more →

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

A collaborative effort to re-design and renovate the museum drove the re-imagining of the entire museum experience where Theodore Roosevelt became the President of the United States. read more →

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Buffalo Branch Interpretive Center
Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Buffalo Branch Interpretive Center

The Federal Reserve wanted to convert the bank lobby into an interpretive center to communicate the Buffalo Branch’s role in the U.S. monetary system. read more →

Buffalo Naval and Military Park, World War II Exhibit
Buffalo Naval and Military Park, World War II Exhibit

We created an exhibit focusing on World War II that appealed to varying audiences including adults, children, and military veterans. read more →

Buffalo Museum of Science, “Our Place in Space”
Buffalo Museum of Science, “Our Place in Space”

This exhibit required a modern update to replace antiquated components that taught visitors about basic astronomical principles. read more →

Wegmans Farm Fresh Toddler Area
Wegmans Farm Fresh Toddler Area

The Strong National Museum of Play renovated the Wegmans SuperKids Market and wanted to update the toddler play area to reinforce the grocery market’s line of organic products from their farms. read more →

Fenton History Center
Fenton History Center

We created an Orientation Room inspired by the Victorian-era surroundings of the Fenton Mansion to welcome visitors to the museum. read more →

Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, Civil War Exhibit
Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, Civil War Exhibit

The Buffalo Naval Park wanted a compact, updated exhibit to discuss the Civil War. read more →

Buffalo RiverFest Park Interpretive Panels
Buffalo RiverFest Park Interpretive Panels

A new park along the Buffalo River sought interpretive signage to communicate the River’s history and importance to the industrial heritage of Buffalo to visitors. read more →