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Tell compelling stories that educate and engage

Our content development services help museums, interpretive centers, educators, and corporations capture imagination through sights, sounds, and words. History Associates collaborates with clients, designers, fabricators, 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 and exhibit planning through final fabrication. Whether you need a full storyline and script for museum exhibits, historic photographs for a small display, research for a digital interactive, or help licensing media content, our content development specialists have the skills and experience to get your project done on time and within budget.

While our trained historians find the striking photographs, film, audio, and artifacts that bring a story 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, websites, and multimedia
  • Image and artifact research
  • Label text and script writing
  • Fact checking
  • ADA-compliant audio descriptions
  • Exhibit script appraisal and editing
  • High-resolution asset acquisition and licensing
  • Artifact acquisition
  • Project management

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

What does an exhibit content developer do?

Whether you are developing a major museum, a traveling exhibit, or a digital interactive, content developers can play a role. Content developers identify themes, research and write the text, and select images and artifacts to be included in the overall display. They often work closely with designers, fabricators, curators, educators, multimedia firms, and stakeholders. Tasks can include:

  • Identifying clear goals, messages, and themes.
  • Facilitating communication among stakeholders to encourage collaboration.
  • Researching, writing, and editing text for panels, labels, multimedia, and interactive displays.
  • Locating, acquiring, and licensing images, audio, 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 and augmented reality, 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 to share their experience on social media, extending your message beyond the museum’s walls.
How do I create an online exhibit?
No space for a physical museum? No problem. Online timelines, maps, and exhibits can be a great way to engage a wide audience. Here are some tips to consider when putting content online:

  • Identify goals. Think critically about the story you are trying to tell and the audience you are trying to reach.
  • Choose the right platform. Are you looking for an out-of-the-box timeline tool?  Or a fully custom website? Know your IT requirements and choose a platform that fits your needs.
  • Build on themes. A thematic storytelling approach builds cohesion and creates a logical structure for visitors to follow.
  • Create layered content. Online formats allow for a great deal of information. Build tiers so that visitors can determine their own level of immersion.
  • But, don’t over-complicate. Just because you can put a lot of information online, doesn’t mean you should. Stick to the stories, images, film, and audio that really make your story shine.
Summary
Service Type
Exhibit Planning
Provider Name
History Associates Inc.,
300 N. Stonestreet Avenue,Rockville,MD-20850,
Telephone No.301-279-9697
Area
United States
Description
Our museum exhibit design services help cultural institutions, interpretive centers, and corporations capture their audience's imagination through sights, sounds, and words.
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