Monday, May 13, 2013

Help Us With Our New Exhibit

by Erin Doane, Curator

In 1998 the Community Album exhibit opened here in the bank gallery. After nearly 15 years it is time to change it up, to update it with what people really want to see and learn about.  Anyone who has visited the Museum over the last several months may have noticed the brightly colored post-it notes all over the gallery.  They’re hard to miss.  These little notes are playing an important part in revamping the exhibit.  We are asking visitors to take a look at the exhibit with a critical eye.  Tell us what you like and don’t like.  What you’re curious about and what confuses you.  

The response has been great!  Visitors of all ages are making lots of comments – both praise and criticism – that will help us redesign the exhibit.

Here’s some of what we have learned so far.
1. Object and image labels are not always clear.  People don’t know what some things are.

2. People like the hands-on components of the exhibit. 

 3. Some people think that the small bank vault in one part of the gallery is a jail cell.

4. Visitors like the section on Mark Twain but want to know how you play pool on a table without pockets.

5. Everyone still thinks the mastodon tusk is pretty cool!

So, what do you think about the exhibit?  Come by for a visit and let us know.  We are continuing the post-it note project through this summer so there is still plenty of time for you to help us make a better exhibit!

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