Slides from Intro to Museum Studies exhibits lecture, February 12, 2003:


Behind-the-scenes at the Science Museum of Minnesota: page 3 of 3



The electrical shop.


The paint room.


The print room.


Completed graphics, awaiting installation.


The line-up to the freight elevator.


However, before components are built, they must be tested on real visitors -- to see if they work physically, and communicate intellectually. In the Summer of 2001, a temporarily-empty hall was commandeered by the Playing With Time team to prototype a variety of components.


A family uses the water drop exhibit.


An individual visitor uses the strobe wheel. Prototyping includes both observation -- standing back unobstrusively and watching how visitors use the exhibit -- and participation -- sitting down with the visitor and working through the component together, to learn where the trouble spots might be.


Prototypes needn't be fancy: unfinished wood, laser-jet labels, and lots of scotch tape. The results are the same, and it's best to know if something is working or not before you spent a lot of time and money building the final piece.





This page updated March 3, 2003.



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