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Tell compelling stories that educate and engage visitors

Our exhibit development services help museums, interpretive centers, and corporations capture a visitor’s imagination through sights, sounds, and words. History Associates collaborates with clients, designers, and other exhibit professionals to develop a storyline that provides a richly layered learning experience.

We participate in all phases of exhibit, audiovisual, and interactive content development—from initial conceptualization through final fabrication. Whether you need a full storyline and script for museum exhibits, historic photographs for a small display, research for a computer interactive, or help licensing media content, our researchers have the skills and experience to get your project done on time and within budget.

While our trained historians find the striking historic photographs, film, audio, and artifacts that bring the past to life, our skilled exhibit writers craft engaging label text and multimedia scripts. Our museum content team has developed standardized research methodologies and tools that efficiently coordinate content needs with design and fabrication during every phase of exhibit development.

As professional historians, we ensure that all exhibit elements combine to tell an authoritative story.

List of Exhibit Services

  • Content development for exhibits, interactives, and multimedia
  • Image and artifact research
  • Label text and script writing
  • High-resolution image acquisition
  • Artifact acquisition
  • Media asset licensing

For more detail on how we’ve helped organizations engage and educate their visitors, explore our case stories. Or call us at (301) 279-9697 or contact History Associates to discuss your exhibit development project.

What does an exhibition content developer do?
Exhibit content developers can play a role in creating the exhibit’s themes, researching and writing the text, and selecting images and artifacts to be included in the overall display. They often work closely with designers, fabricators, curators, multimedia firms and stakeholders to develop the content. Tasks can include:

  • Identifying clear goals, messages, and themes for the exhibit.
  • Facilitating communication among stakeholders to encourage collaboration.
  • Researching and writing text for panels, labels, multimedia, and interactive displays.
  • Locating, acquiring, and licensing images and film clips.
  • Selecting artifacts for display and drafting object labels
  • Ensuring adherence to professional museum exhibit standards and educational requirements.
What are some tips for creating a good museum exhibit?
A great museum exhibit conveys shared stories, artifacts, and memories to the general public. Here are some tips for developing a great exhibit:

  • Start with a planning phase. Map out the key goals, themes, and educational objectives of your exhibit and identify target audiences and their needs.
  • Engage the community. Hold stakeholder or public meetings so that interested parties can provide feedback on the exhibit’s initial concepts and design.
  • Know your assets. Catalog the potential images, videos, and artifacts that could be used in the exhibit.
  • Use technology. Consider how virtual reality headsets, smartphone apps, and other technologies can offer ways to layer content and engage visitors.
  • Facilitate dialogue. Encourage visitors to think about and discuss contemporary issues.
  • Make it accessible. Engage a wider audience with audio labels, screen reader technology, virtual tours, and three-dimensional tactile elements.
  • Present many points of view. Share stories from a wide range of perspectives.
  • Layer your stories. Create a hierarchy of information that appeals to visitors moving at different speeds.
  • Get social. Give visitors a way share their experience on social media, extending your message beyond the museum’s walls.


Service Type
Exhibit Planning
Provider Name
History Associates Inc.,
300 N. Stonestreet Avenue,Rockville,MD-20850,
Telephone No.301-279-9697
United States
Our museum exhibit design services help cultural institutions, interpretive centers, and corporations capture a visitor’s imagination through sights, sounds, and words.
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