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Exhibit Makeovers

A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums, Second Edition

Alice Parman; Ann Craig; Lyle Murphy; Liz White and Lauren Willis

Since its publication in 2008, Exhibit Makeovers has been a useful do-it-yourself handbook for museum staff and volunteers. Exhibit Makeovers is a workbook that provides grounding in interpretive principles, how-to-advice, step-by-step guidance, and moral support for in-house exhibit planning and design.

The revised and expanded 2nd edition preserves the supportive tone and easy-to-follow steps that make the original Exhibit Makeovers so user-friendly. Significant revisions—especially in the technology arena—and additions make this new edition a must-have addition to any museum’s toolkit:

• New emphasis on visitor input, with step-by-step guidelines for evaluation studies
during planning and design.
• New text and worksheets to guide development of interactives, and ensure varied levels
of visitor participation.
• Focus on affordable software to help with exhibit planning and design, as well as low-
cost technologies that can vary and deepen the visitor experience.
• Brand-new chapters on exhibit design, production, and installation, written by the
experienced team responsible for in-house exhibits at a thriving, mid-size museum.

Following the same pattern as the 2008 original, the revised Exhibit Makeovers guides users through step-by-step processes of a single-case makeover, development of a new exhibit, and renovation/renewal of an entire gallery or museum.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / AASLH
Pages: 136Size: 9 x 11 1/2
978-1-4422-7865-3 • Hardback • February 2017 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-7866-0 • Paperback • February 2017 • $38.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-7867-7 • eBook • February 2017 • $36.00 • (£24.95)
Alice Parman, Ph.D. has worked in and around museums for more than four decades. Since 1989, she has served small to large museums nationwide as an exhibit planner.
Ann Craig is Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. She earned the M.A. in Arts Management with a focus on Museum Studies at the University of Oregon in 2006.
Lyle Murphy is an artist and folklorist working for both the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Folklife Network. His wide skill set has allowed Lyle to create exhibits in galleries, museums, and unconventional settings for over ten years.
Elizabeth White is the exhibitions designer for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. In 2010 she earned an M.S. in Arts Administration with a concentration in Museum Studies at the University of Oregon.
Lauren Willis has worked in education and exhibitions at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon since 2010. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Oregon in 2014.

Appendix CStrategic Planning: An Agenda That Works
Subject Index
Worksheets Index
This new edition of Exhibit Makeovers guides us through the process of updating exhibits, which fresh insights on topics from visitor studies to design. This book will be of use to all museum professionals as they seek to make their exhibits more relevant to and engaging with the public.
Ann McCleary, Coordinator, Public History and Museum Studies Programs, University of West Georgia

Exhibit Makeovers, Second Edition is like a perfect companion. It anticipates your questions, answers them clearly, builds your confidence, and never lets you down. The book's dedication to collaboration, honesty, accuracy, and generosity of spirit shines through every page and ennobles the act of exhibit making. It's going to sit forever on my nearest bookshelf.
Richard Rabinowitz, President, American History Workshop

The revised Exhibit Makeovers provides a practical and succinct overview of everything you need to consider while developing exhibits. It is an essential guide for beginners and a useful resource for more experienced museum professionals. The authors’ step-by-step procedures and tasks reflect the best contemporary thinking with regard to inclusion and storytelling. A copy should be on every museum bookshelf.
Margie Marino, Director, New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science