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Exhibit Fundamentals: Ideas to Installation On-line Course

SKU: ms106


Instructor: Karin Hostetter
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Nearly every museum develops exhibits, but how can we improve communication with visitors while taking care of our objects? Exhibit Fundamentals explores exhibits from idea to final installation in a variety of settings. Topics include exhibit theory, the role of the museum’s mission, creating a timeline, accessibility and script writing. Also covered are design elements, installation techniques, object safety and security, visitor safety and evaluations. Each student develops an exhibit plan for his or her museum.

Course Outline:

1. Introduction: Exhibition Theory and the Museums Mission

2. Intellectual and Physical Accessibility & Exhibition Evaluations

3. Creating a Timeline and Writing Texts

4. The Role of Design Elements and Basic Installation Techniques

5. Object and Visitor Safety

6. Conclusion

Course Textbooks:
Lord, Barry and Gail Dexter. The Manual of Museum Exhibitions. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2002.

Serrell, Beverly. Exhibit Labels: An Interpretive Approach. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1996.

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