Storytelling Exhibits Through Various Creative Museum Designs

For centuries, museums have evoked diverse emotional responses from their visitors through storytelling, often done in visual exhibits to communicate the history of an event or an artefact. Over time, museum exhibition designs take on many forms to attract visitors, making them more engaging through the use of visual storytelling.


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Stories don’t have to be told in a linear fashion

You may have noticed that museum exhibits, especially those centred on history, evolution or inventions often use timelines to present information. With the aid of visual cues and graphics, it does help to retell the progression of an event from beginning to end. Traditional displays combined with newer technologies are both utilised to better represent stories thematically, giving a peek on the chronological events that occurred during a certain period.

Adding the interesting detail to stories

Oftentimes, museums communicate a broad history in their exhibits. Although it is effective to tell a broad version of the story, sometimes, they may leave out the smaller details. As such, telling specific stories of each exhibit can be a good idea to immerse and educate the visitors. Incorporating technology like mobile applications can deliver these little stories and rich content in interesting ways.

Using interactive technologies

Telling the story behind the artefacts is essential to every exhibit. If an exhibit fails to capture the attention of the visitors, it loses the opportunity to share important parts of history. To make museum stories more interesting, interactive technologies are put into place. A creative and interactive museum design not only utilises the exhibit piece for immersion but also maximises the way it is displayed so that the visitors can feel an immediate relevance. Interactive kiosks that incorporate different mediums like audio, video and gaming technologies innovate storytelling.

Bringing stories to life through graphics

If graphic designs such as interpretive panels were not used in exhibits, they would lack information. Aside from this, it would also be difficult to convey a story effectively. Graphics are important to set the tone of most museum exhibits whilst improving the educational experience and engagement of visitors.

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