FC: The Children's Museum of New Hampshire | Dover, New Hampshire
1: Lobby | The first thing you see when entering the Children's Museum of New Hampshire is the admissions desk. Staffed with someone to field questions and take admissions, this desk would be primarily overseen by the Visitor Services Supervisor and Director.
2: Set up on the admissions desk are brochures for special events, school programs, and membership. Each of these brochures would be created through joint efforts between the Marketing Director and the Bookings Manager, Education Manager, and Membership Manager respectively.
3: At the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, the gift shop is right off of the lobby. With this prominent placement as "often the first or last stop for the museum visitor," the Gift Shop Manager who runs the store must make sure that the store puts "the museum's 'best foot forward' " at all times (Glaser, 1996, p. 116).
4: As the person "responsible for...any other service or product that affects a visitor's experience," the Visitor Services Manager is tasked with providing visitors with a place to leave their coats (Schlatter, 2008, p. 94). Since this is a children's museum, the Visitor Services department has made sure to place coat pegs at lower levels and leave room in the coat room for strollers to be stored for visitors' convenience.
5: As the only exhibit in the museum featuring a museum collection, "Gallery 6" is overseen by the museum Curator. The Curator would ensure the care of the collection as well as work with the Exhibits Manager to change and update this exhibit as needed. | Gallery 6
6: Special Events Room | Located on the main floor of the museum is a special events room. This room would be used for birthday parties, meetings, and other special events. The Bookings Manager at the museum would oversee the room's schedule. The Community Engagement Director and Development Assistant for Events would likely help to run events held in this room.
7: Sponsorship Wall | A plaque on the wall near the lobby commemorates donors and sponsors of the museum. This plaque represents work done by the Membership department and Development department, here made of up a Development Assistant for Corporate Relations and a Development Assistant for Events. These staff members would overlap in their efforts to raise funds and support for the museum, praised on this wall.
8: Muse Studio | The Muse Studio at the Children's Museum is a space for kids to create through various projects. The activities available in this area would be planned and executed by the museum's Education team, which consists of an Education Director as well as an Arts & Humanities and Early Childhood Coordinator.
9: Exhibits | As a Children's Museum, the exhibits here focus heavily on interactive displays. The exhibit development and implementation would be led by the Exhibits Manager. As Glaser (1996) points out, the exhibit designer would work hand in hand with the Education Director. This ensures that labels and activities are clear and engaging for children of various ages.
10: Specifically for young children, the Early Learning Landscape is created by the Education Director and Arts & Humanities and Early Childhood Coordinator as members of the Education Team as well as the Exhibit Director. The exhibit is also made possible by a corporate sponsor, showing the influence of the Development Assistant for Corporate Sponsors. | Early Learning Landscape
11: References Glaser, J. R., & Zenetou, A. A. (1996). Museums: A place to work, planning museum careers. New York, NY: Routledge. Schlatter, N. E. (2008). Museum careers: A practical guide for students and novices. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.