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I know museum exhibits are full of collections, but how often can you touch them? Never right?! I use touchable collections to connect the exhibit and all those collections behind glass and ropes to the community.  I can do this in a variety of ways, through well-known local history, landscapes, economic, and community interests.  


I have led the enhancement of over 30 temporary exhibits on a variety of topics using hands-on teaching collections to deepen visitor engagement and experience. 

My favorite exhibit enhancement was developed for a temporary exhibit titled,

Creatures of Light. We called this interactive, Does It Glow? We used black lights to showcase the fluorescence of a variety of objects and specimens.  I partnered with the exhibits department to design a table where visitors could move objects between natural and blacklight to discover if an object would fluoresce (photo right). I added Amethyst, an Abalone Shell, and Lepidolite, along with other shiny and glittery specimens that reflect visible light but not ultraviolet light (they didn't glow). I also added Willemite, Fluorite, a Scorpion, and even US currency to name a few (they all glowed)! Plus visitors could try their own possessions to see if the UV light was reflected. It was a grand addition to this exhibit. 

My exhibit work history. 

  • Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

  • Benjamin Franklin: In Search of A Better World

  • Gold

  • Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries

  • Genghis Khan: Mongol Warrior

  • Nature Unleashed

  • Body Worlds: Story of the Human Heart

  • Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches

  • TRex Encounter

  • Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah From Slave Ship to Pirate Ship

  • Lizards and Snakes

  • A Day in Pompeii

  • Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

  • Mythbusters: The Exposure Exhibition

  • Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

  • Traveling the Silk Road

  • Whales: Giants of the Deep

  • Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids

  • The Power of Poison

  • The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

  • Chocolate: The Exhibition

  • Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs

  • Extreme Mammals

  • Vikings: Beyond the Legend

  • Nature's Amazing Machines

  • Ultimate Dinosaurs

  • Dead Sea Scrolls

  • Creatures of Light

  • Cuba

  • Leonardo DiVinci: 500 Years of Genius

  • Our Senses: Creating Your Reality

  • Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits

  • Art of the Brick

  • Dogs! A Science Tail

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