Nine Reasons to Test Your Exhibits Before the Grand Opening

Soft openings or soft launches are common practice in the business world. It’s especially true for retail establishments like restaurants. In the museum exhibit world it is less common. It shouldn’t be! Unfortunately, I’ve experienced what can happen when a crowd rushes into a new exhibit gallery that has not been tested. Grand opening dates are often set without enough cushion to test the exhibits. Recently, several of our clients have planned quiet openings before being officially open to the public.Continue Reading

Can Museums, Nature Centers and Visitor Serving Organizations Offer Healing Environments?

In a recent version of AIA’s Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities, access to nature is recommended.  All Planetree Designated Hospitals incorporate nature as part of their healing environments. Healthcare is seeing growing consumer engagement, requirements on patient satisfaction and the creation of healing environments in place of the old monolithic hospitals of our past.  Healthcare must connect the demands of body, mind and spirit in order to meet these modern demands. Adding nature as part of the healing environment seems like common sense.Continue Reading