Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – Before the Rush Exhibit

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Coloma, CA How do you design a creative, modern exhibit that also maintains the look and feel of pre-existing exhibitry? How do you tell a rarely-told story of Native American culture, with the utmost accuracy and sensitivity? And how do you use multiple presentation methods to engage visitors of all types? At Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, we created a dynamic and innovative new Before the Rush exhibit to complement existing exhibitry in their interpretive center. A unique audiovisual approach, combined with large murals and an immersive diorama, melds seamlessly with the center’s older exhibits while also providing new state-of-the-art experiences that tell the story of the area’s Native Americans. “Discovery drawers,” touchable artifact recreations, and other hands-on interactives pair with a realistic diorama complete with beautiful plant and animal models, several life-cast human figures, a recreated cedar house, and even a real running waterfall.  Local Native American communities provided input from start to finish as the new exhibit was created, supplying and reviewing all important information. Whether visitors are exploring the hands-on interactives or viewing the highly-immersive 3D object theater, they experience this engaging history as told by the participants themselves.
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