Structure of A Museum Exhibit

The Middle

Work Time

In your museum exhibit teams, look at the main body of the exhibit and its artifacts. Once the audience is drawn in, you have the middle—the meat—of the story.

The middle contains the bulk of the information of an exhibit and most of its artifacts. It offers the exhibit creator a chance to show the audience the key information and perspectives of the piece of history the exhibit is meant to share.

One of the most important aspects of the middle is cohesion. All of the pieces need to fit together in a story that makes sense to the reader, and all of the pieces need to have a clear relationship to the central theme and purpose of the exhibit.

With your group, discuss the following questions and jot down notes on each one.

  • What storytelling techniques does the exhibit use to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole?
    • How does it accomplish that or fail to do so?
  • Does the exhibit use precise language, well-chosen details, and interesting visuals in order to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and people involved?
    • How does it accomplish that or fail to do so?
    • Find at least two examples from the exhibit to support your point.
  • How will you create a clear progression and structure in your own exhibit?

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