FC: Museum Visit Photo Essay: Wright Museum of WWII History Self Guided Tour of Permanent Exhibit Educational Programming for Museum Audiences Allison Gamble 11/18/2013
4: This desk is the first thing visitors see upon entering the museum. It serves as both the admissions desk and the information desk. Visitor Services Department is responsible for this section of the museum since visitors can ask questions, purchase tickets, and become members here.
5: This is the theatre where visitors are instructed to go after purchasing tickets. Here the mission and history of the museum is described. The movie explains how the founder of the museum turned his passion for tanks into a museum dedicated to life during the1940s and WWII. Information Systems and Education are all involved in creating this theatre.
6: This exhbit is a time line starting with 1939 through 1945. Each year describes what was happening in Europe, in the Pacific, on the homefront, the worlds fair, movies, and music. This was crafted by Exhibit Design so that the visitor understands what was happening in the war and on the home front during that year. Information Systems also helped create and maintain this exhibit.
7: This picture was taken of the 1940 room on the timeline exhibit. It was closed off from visitors due to exhibit maintance who had placed a sign up saying "exhibit under construction." Many departments come together to create exhibits, including Archives/Library, Exhibit Design, Education, Curators, and Information Systems for interactive exhibits.
8: This exhibit was unique because it is dedicated to local families and their roles during the war. One couple had five sons who all joined the service during WWII. This exhibit was done by Archives/Library in order to complete research about local families, Exhibit Design, Conservation to restore the uniform, and Registrar who collects and catalogues artifacts donated to the museum.
9: This picture was taken in the largest gallery of the museum. There were numerous trucks/tanks visitors could walk around. The man seen in the picture was security to make sure the vehicles were not touched. He was dressed casually, makng him approachable for quesions/comments.
10: This was a chapel at the end of the exhibits where visitors could say a prayer for loved ones in the service. I think the Board of Trustees and the Curator decided to incorporate a chapel in the museum. It was located near an exhibit on war posters, many of which mention religion and God. It was clearly a very important aspect of life during the 1940s.
11: Lastly, the museum gift store was located towards the exit of the museum. Marketing and the Museum Store are responsible for this area of the museum. Visitors can purchase their own WWII posters or books on the war. It was also a place for Volunteer Services because they had signs up for people interested in volunteering.