Ever wonder how an exhibit is constructed? The museum recently received a grant to rebuild the old Town Square exhibit. Right now, it looks like this —>
The grand plan over the next few years for the Town Square is to install four new interactive walk-in structures including: a greenhouse, gas station, general store, and train depot. The museum has funding right now to construct all of the environments except the gas station. That area and all of the planned audio/visual effects will be retrofitted as more money becomes available. Exhibit building is expensive!
Normally, we try build small exhibits in-house but we just don’t have the skills for a project of this magnitude. Fortunately, Ravenswood Studio in Chicago does! The company’s bid won the project and we’re more than happy to leave all of it up to the professional exhibit builders.
Today, we went over to see how construction is progressing. The project is still in the early building phase so there wasn’t much to look at yet, but we were pleased with what we saw. The train station structure is just beginning to take shape and all three environments should be ready to install at the museum by November. Can you imagine the finished outcome?
Our Ravenswood contact graciously gave us the grand tour of the whole facility while we were there. Although they’re currently working on several projects, the traveling Sherlock Holmes/ forensic science exhibit caught our fancy the most. We were all impressed with the creativity, quality and sheer scale of the enormous project. We can’t wait to see it in a museum somewhere next year. The prospect of having a new exhibit of that caliber of workmanship at the Raupp is very, very exciting. Stay tuned for further updates. For now, enjoy a few of the Sherlock photos below.