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may be arranged with similar specimens together, so
the visitors can compare details. A
collection of specimens collected from one envi-
ronment could be arranged together to show the whole system. Those stories are
very different from each other.
The exhibit designer meets with the curators and educators to review ideas for arranging objects in ways
that will best explain the theme of the exhibit. The exhibit designer should make a name card for each
item. The measurements for each item and can be written on the back of its card. The designer can
move the cards around when planning the exhibit layout and then make notes or a drawing of where
each item should go.
The exhibit designer and the production chief should go to the place where the exhibit will be held (the
hallway, a classroom, the library, etc.). They should use a tape measure to be sure objects will fit where
they want them to go. They should put each of the object cards where each piece will be placed to
decide if the layout will work. They should adjust the object cards until they feel that the layout works.
They will need to decide if they need any special tables, platforms, or wall space. They may be able to
order what is needed through the teacher, librarian, or custodian.
The exhibit designer should draw a floor plan or wall plan of the final design. The plan should show the
location of each case or table, object, and label. This will help the exhibit team remember where each
piece goes and will guide the installation. It also provides a record of the exhibit.
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Be sure to arrange for security during the exhibit. A
space with glass or plastic cases would protect
three-dimensional objects. A
"Please Do Not Touch the Objects" sign at the entrance informs visitors of
the proper way to behave in your exhibit.
Building a Museum in Your Classroom
Design an Exhibit and Write Labels--page 3