Interpretive exhibits bring objects, images, and ideas to life for visitors through storytelling, diverse presentation media, and learning opportunities that engage multiple types of intelligence.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of exhibit planning, organization, text writing, and design. Drawing on resources of the host institution, working hands-on in small groups, you’ll experiment with ways to make exhibit content meaningful and memorable for visitors.

Museum Hill, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Museum Hill, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is intended for museum staff and volunteers who want to create more engaging and effective exhibits. It’s also an opportunity for managers and board members to gain insight into the processes of exhibit development and design. A supportive, team-based environment will build skills, confidence, and a network of colleagues.


After earning a Ph.D. in Education (University of Chicago), Alice Parman joined the education staff at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. There she worked to help teachers use the museum’s resources more effectively, then chaired the Department of Education from 1973–1978 (as the Field’s first woman manager). From 1978–1982 she was director of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History; from 1982–1988 she served as director of WISTEC (now The Science Factory), also in Eugene. In 1989, Alice joined Formations Inc., a Portland-based exhibit design/build firm with a national clientele. After 14 years as Senior Planner/Writer for Formations, she launched her own consulting business in September 2003. She is co-author, with Jeffrey Jane Flowers, of Exhibit Makeovers: A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums (AltaMira Press, 2008).

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