Six ways to push the rope uphill: Interpreting UP the chain of command.

It’s been said that after purchasing the land and building the facilities there’s only one thing left that can attract visitors and keep them coming back: interpretation.  “Out of sight, out of mind,” is true. It’s easy and comfortable to do our research, present our programs, hear the good words from the visitors, and be … Continue reading Six ways to push the rope uphill: Interpreting UP the chain of command.

Just training? Or … SYNERGY!

We just completed our annual interpretation workshop. I was reminded at every turn how important and valuable this regular training is. The word? SYNERGY!!  We had 70 attendees from all types of interpretation positions – tour guides, gardeners, museum program assistants, living historians, interpreters and supervisors. And they were from all types of settings – … Continue reading Just training? Or … SYNERGY!

QUESTION: How do you determine if an exhibit is good, better or best before it’s completely designed?

A successful exhibit should attract visitors with striking design, hold attention by employing color, action and learning styles, convey a message built around a ‘big idea’ significant to the park, and entice action. Exhibit evaluation is often conducted at two points in the design process: before and after. However, in my experience there’s another point … Continue reading QUESTION: How do you determine if an exhibit is good, better or best before it’s completely designed?