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Exhibit Planning and Design

Exhibition planning requires a thoughtful process from design to execution. The Alliance has compiled this set of exhibit planning resources from amongst its offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.

Green Exhibit Checklist: Incorporating Sustainability into Exhibit Development

The Alliance provides a handout from its 2013 annual meeting, which provides exhibit guidelines that help museums set goals and understand what constitutes a green exhibit. The handouts provide tools and indicators for assessing the sustainability of a project using financial, environmental and social impacts.

Sample Documents

Tier 3 museum members can access a number of sample exhibition policies and procedures from other museums.

Other Resources

The following resources were compiled from organizations throughout the nonprofit and museum sector. AAM reviewed and approved each one based on the organization’s authority and expertise and the resource’s usefulness related to the topic. Clicking the links below will take you off the AAM website.

Adobe Color

Part of the Adobe Creative Cloud a set of creative tools for design, Adobe Color helps designers create color themes and includes accessibility tools and assessments to test the accessibility of design concepts.

Tools and Approaches for Transforming Museum Experience

The Interaction Lab (the Lab) at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is a new kind of research and development program designed to challenge assumptions and expand thinking about the visitor experience. This downloadable toolkit helps museums introduce new ways for audiences to engage with the museum across physical, digital, and human interactions.

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