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FC: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis | Visit: October 1, 2011
1: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis: A Photo Essay Kathleen Bonner Exploring Museum Professions October 25, 2011
2: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is located in Indianapolis, IN. This view is from the parking garage as you are parking and entering the museum. There are multiple professions who would have been involved in this facade. First, for the large brachiosaurs trying to break in to the museum development would have worked on fundraising for the dinosaur build. Also, exhibit design would have been behind creating the exhibit. Also in the picture is marketing, there are large ads on both the right and left sides of the picture. These would have been the work of marketing employees.
3: These are both pictures of the museum entrance. They were hosting a members' preview night, and the band in the corner of the top photo is not normally there. This would have been the job of special events to coordinate. | The registrar would have been involved in the acquisition and handling of Bumblebee. An exhibit designer, along with lighting and exhibition staff, would have been in charge of creating the scene in the lobby. Membership employees would handle ticketing and member services. Security was present in discrete cameras. | Media Specialists and Information Systems would be behind the video screens and computerized ticketing system. Marketing would have created the advertising banner. Also visible is the museum store in the first picture.
4: This is the Take Me There: Egypt exhibit, where a small sample of Egyptian life is recreated for visitors to experience. In this photo the work of exhibit design, along with the lighting and exhibition staff, is highly evident. Not so noticeable is the work of media specialists. Inside the plane is a mock take off and landing provided on video screens. There is also a short informational video about Egyptian culture.
5: In this photo, the work of exhibit design and staff is again highly evident. There is a marketplace full of visual excitement and complete with hands-on activities for the children. This would also be the work of education staff. Each section teaches visitors something new about Egyptian culture. Finally, the work of curatorial staff is evident as well. They would have been behind the creative authenticity of the entire Egypt exhibit.
6: This exhibit is the Tomb of Seti I in the National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibit. It is a replica of the actual tomb in Egypt. The professions evident in this photo include exhibition staff, lighting, exhibit design. All of whom would have been behind making this recreation of the tomb. Additionally, a curator would have been involved with the recreation of artifacts and the tomb walls. Media Specialist and Information Systems staff are evident in the computer screens and programs around the room. Security can be unobtrusively spied in discrete cameras. Education staff would have been involved in planning the education tasks throughout the room. And, finally, a registrar would have been involved in the handling of the collection placed in the room.
7: These photos are from the DinoSphere. Lighting staff was heavily used in this exhibit. There are highlighting uplights showcasing each dinosaur, as well as path lighting to mark the edges of the displays. The ceiling of the dome created different times of day and even a large storm. I believe this would have been the work of information systems in conjunction with lighting staff and exhibit design. Another position involved would be the in-house paleontologists, they would supervise the creation of the skeletons and habitats. Education would have helped plan the content for the interactive kiosks at each display, they would have worked with IS for this. Finally, the registrar would have been involved in management of the collection.
8: This photo shows the paleo-lab in the museum's dinosphere. Security is evident in this room because the door to the actual lab is always locked, as are the windows at time. When the widows are open, evidence of visitor services and education staff can be seen. During normal hours children can talk to the paleontologists and watch them work through the windows. Exhibit design, registrar, paleontology, and education staff would have been behind the creation of the "Match Fossil Molds" and "Touch a Real Dinosaur Bone" activities. Lighting would have created the "lab" feel with utility lighting, and media specialists would be involved with the video screen on the wall.
9: This is the Info-Zone in the Dinosphere. Like every other photo, the work of exhibit design, lighting, and exhibition staff are highly evident in this area. The lighting is less utilitarian than the lab section, but not as exciting as the main DinoSphere. It is more of a warm, comforting area for people to gather and spend time. There is evidence of registrar work in the collections behind glass on the rear walls. Education would be heavily involved in this section, as would information systems and media specialists. There are many educational games and programs through out the room on computer kiosks, as well as questions designed to make visitors discuss the collection.