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Cinnabar is the premier exhibition fabrication company in the Western United States. Our 65,000-square-foot production facility in Los Angeles is equipped to handle fabrication of all types of exhibit elements, including custom furniture and fixtures, interactive exhibits of all kinds, props, mechanical and electronic systems, structural and engineered systems, scenic elements and displays. We also offer comprehensive pre-construction services, design development and prototyping.
Cinnabar’s reputation as a world-class fabricator is built on our deep commitment to providing a quality product and our sophisticated understanding of content, story and good design. Cinnabar, a family owned company since 1982, operates at the highest levels of craft, fit and finish thanks in part to the resources, talent pool, culture and creativity that the Los Angeles region has to offer.
Through the fusion of artistry, content, media and technology, we render the word to the story, the story to the medium, and the medium to the space. Our interactive experiences allow deeper exploration of content in new and exciting ways. Our signature films touch visitors on an emotional level, opening their hearts and minds and inspiring new ways of considering exhibition content. From multi-user interactives, to 3D video, to mobile apps, we stay on the forefront of technology as we develop innovative avenues for expression. Recent work includes the College Football Hall of Fame, National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, San Francisco 49ers Museum, the Agent 711: Spy App for George Washington's Mt. Vernon, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
Electrosonic is a provider of audio, video and control systems for museums, theme parks and visitor centers. Electrosonic offers the security of working with a stable and well-organized operation that has extensive international experience in systems design and contracting. Electrosonic specializes in interpreting client requirements, meeting budgets and turning audio-visual and media needs into integrated systems that engage, excite, and operate reliably in every environment. From simple projection and display systems to interactive stations and 4D theaters, Electrosonic will provide you with the technology that complements the work being seen and heard.
The Nassal Company
From the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, to the icy landscape of SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, and the stunning new Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor’s Complex, Nassal helps tell their stories in ways that are meaningful, enjoyable and most important – memorable. The Nassal Company is the world’s leading fabricator for themed environments for theme parks, attractions, zoos, aquariums, and museums. Fabrication capabilities include fiberglass, millwork, artificial rockwork, murals & sculpting, architectural and ornamental metals, and GFRC/GFRG.
Reich + Petch Design International
Reich+Petch creates thought-provoking and engaging experiences. We design environments that examine and explain our world and enrich the human experience. Reich+Petch is a multi-disciplinary museum design firm. Our services include architecture, exhibit design, master planning, graphic design, interior design, signage + wayfinding, project management, design-build, and multimedia direction and procurement.
We are inspired by opportunities that allow us to create imaginative, interactive spaces that are meaningful and entertaining. We are driven by the need to explore, innovate, and shape environments that excite the senses and provoke an emotional connection for both visitors and clients. We are based in Toronto, Ontario and Washington, DC, and work worldwide with museums, institutions, cultural organizations, and destination attractions. We have built a reputation as design leaders and innovators, with meticulous process and diligent documentation, and the ability to deliver remarkable and robust projects.
Roto is a full-service design and production firm specializing in first-hand experiences for museums and entertainment venues. With an award-winning design team and our own in-house exhibit engineering and fabrication facility, our work includes interactive gadgets, immersive themed environments, content-rich interpretive exhibits, dramatic story-driven attractions, and one-of-a-kind technology installations. Roto is led by a team of five principals with more than 18 years of experience as a closely-knit team, originally as the exhibit department at COSI (the renowned science museum in Columbus). Roto's extraordinary growth over the last decade is a testament to its visitor-centered values and high standards of service, honed by many years of operational experience. Unique in the industry, Roto today is both an A-list design firm and a compelling design-build resource for family-oriented museum and entertainment destinations internationally.
Blue Telescope Studios
Blue Telescope Studios uses technology, storytelling, and design to create unique interactive experiences that communicate, educate, and entertain. We combine emerging and mature technologies to dynamically illustrate complex concepts and data, to create fun, engaging experiences out of challenging content, and to immerse audiences in compelling stories and environments. We collaborate with cultural institutions, exhibit developers, architects, fabricators, and AV integrators to share out expertise and deliver state-of-the-art exhibit experiences.
Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc.
We design, build and create solutions. What challenges can we help you solve?
Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc. has more than 35 years’ experience in providing custom design, fabrication, and project management to clients seeking a collaborative partner. Originally established to serve Chicago’s emerging off-Loop theater community, today we serve a broad range of clients from industries such as museums, environments and events. Call us at 312.274.9900, visit our website, or visit our booth at the AAM 2016 event.
The Elumenati, LLC
Immersion and virtual reality are at the forefront of media and technology today. Our founders have been in the industry since the first round of VR buzz back in the 90’s, and we’ve been helping museums leverage these technologies for more than a decade. We’re obsessed with developing simple, effective systems and novel applications of immersion and interactivity. As our base of museum installations has grown, we’ve expanded our product line with turnkey systems designed to help museums engage 21st-century audiences. Our GeoDome line – in use by clients including NASA, NOAA, and leading science centers around the world – now includes the Elumenati Cobra Panorama, a complete system with a range of vibrant content at an accessible price point. We’re a source for Magic Planet digital video globes powered by our patented projection technologies. And of course, we continue to create cutting-edge custom installations.
Gecko Group is a leading environmental graphic and exhibit design firm for marketplaces and destinations such as Museums, Public Gardens, Nature Centers, Heritage Tourism sites, Aquariums and Zoos. We help educational destinations create authentic and positive visitor experiences.
Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota offers the highest-quality traveling exhibits as well as a complete menu of exhibit services to science museums, natural history museums, visitor centers, cultural institutions, and other non-profit organizations that need help planning, developing, designing, and building educational exhibits. As an institution with our own active exhibits program, the Science Museum of Minnesota is keenly aware of the issues museums face as they seek to create exhibits that educate, entertain and engage their visitors.
Our clients love us. Discover why. Our dedicated team of museum professionals work hand-in-hand with designers and museums to fabricate and install exceptionsl exhibit environments of any size and complexity. At our 360,000 SF, state-of-the-art facility in NJ, Art Guild's unsurpassed interactive technologies team builds durable and visitor-friendly experiences. We offer comprehensive services in all aspects of museum production, including AV/media hardware and software, integration, custom cabinetry, archival casework, graphics, scenic, lighting and all specialty fabrication. The experience matters.
Collaborate, compel and illuminate. Poised at the intersection of Architecture and Theater, Available Light is an award-winning Lighting Design firm specializing in Museum Exhibition, Architecture, and Corporate Communication Events. With over 150 museum projects completed or underway, Available Light is a leader and innovator in the Exhibition Lighting Design industry. As members of the U.S. Green Building Council, Available Light is committed to responsible and sustainable lighting solutions.
BPI’s creative division conceives, designs, and produces story-inspired technologically advanced projects. We build exhibits that contain elements like interactive computer programs, gaming software, mobile and social media applications, engaging multi-screen displays, environmental audioscapes, holographic projections, theatrical lighting, immersive theater experiences, and signature 4K motion pictures. BPI’s AV integration division designs, specifies, purchases, installs, and supports complex hardware systems for a wide range of visitor-driven venues. This powerful combination of creative and technical services makes BPI an innovative leader in solutions for today’s contemporary visitor experiences.
HealyKohler Design creates dynamic and unique visitor experiences for museums, visitor centers, universities and public spaces. Our design team develops comprehensive exhibits that integrate collections, immersive environments, media, interactive technologies, and interpretive graphics to build connections with your visitors. We believe that collaboration with our clients is the key to successful and engaging experiences that will be both environmentally and financially sustainable. With over twenty years of experience in museum planning and exhibition design, environmental graphics and branding solutions, we can help you create a memorable and exciting experience that will surpass your goals and expectations.
Working together with international museums, Museumspartner has produced and travelled numerous exhibitions, such as The Iceman, Kingdom of Salt and The Vikings exhibitions. They have visited many countries worldwide and have attracted more than 4 million visitors. Our array of available topics include archaeology, history, ethnology and art history and we are constantly adding new and exciting topics. We offer these exhibitions under a unique "turnkey" contract that ensures that our clients are guaranteed a fixed, "no surprises," investment for their projects. Our extensive background in fine art transport brings strong capabilities in project management, logistics and financial management to our partners. We are certified members of the ICEFAT (International Convention of Exhibition and Fine Art Transporters), which guarantees that we provide a service at the highest, possible international level.
Mystic Scenic Studios, Inc.
Mystic Scenic Studios is a full-service custom design and fabrication company located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. We produce and install Museum Exhibits, Trade Show Exhibits, Theatrical Scenery, Corporate Events, Architectural Millwork and Signage. These diverse capabilities enable us to take innovative approaches and find effective solutions for creative professionals. Our intent during the entire development and production process is to find the most cost-effective methods of fabrication while producing durable exhibit components of the highest quality. Over the course of the last twenty-six years, Mystic has planned, fabricated and installed interpretive exhibits for nature centers, historical museums, aquariums, health education centers, corporations, government entities and science museums worldwide. It is our innovation, high standards and dedication to our customers that has sustained us and makes Mystic Scenic Studios the ideal partner for creative endeavors.
Since 1972, 1220 Exhibits has established itself as a leading producer of exhibits, environments and experiences. Our vast and varied array of work is evidence of the successful relationships we create with our clients who include museum professionals, designers, universities, architectural firms, owner representatives, general contractors and more. Our 100,000-square-foot production facility is equipped with wood, metal, paint, scenic, graphics, electro-mechanical and AV studios. With over 80 employees ranging from project managers and technical detailers, to craftsmen and artifact specialists, we truly offer full-service exhibit solutions. This team has successfully completed the fabrication and installation of exhibits for history, science and children’s museums; sports and entertainment halls of fame; visitor and nature centers; temporary and traveling exhibits; and numerous events throughout the nation.
Pacific Studio, Inc.
Pacific Studio creates highly engaging and interactive experiences for museums, visitor centers and public spaces throughout the United States. Our artisans and craftspeople specialize in exhibit-grade cabinetry, custom metal fabrication, prototyping, interactive displays, hand-painted murals, and sculpting and casting. Our work can be seen at the Museum of History & Industry, the Bezos Center for Innovation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, the International Spy Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement and Yellowstone National Park. To learn more about our collaborations with exhibit designers, architects, curators and engineers, please visit our website.
Richard Lewis Media Group
The Richard Lewis Media Group (RLMG) is one of the world's most experienced and imaginative media production companies and has earned a reputation for excellence in the planning, management and production of complex media installations for museums and public facilities worldwide. RLMG’s current clients represent a range of world-class museums and include the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of National History; the Adirondack Museum; the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21; the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. For more information contact email@example.com.
Great exhibits. Immersive media experiences. Solid Light designs and builds visitor destinations that engage, enlighten, and inspire. From initial concept through final installation, our talented team of designers, writers, architects, media specialists, researchers, and project managers creates innovative solutions throughout each stage of the project.
Universal Services Associates
USA,Inc. develops innovative design and build solutions for museums, zoos, aquariums, visitor centers and corporations. We provide complete project support, including contract management, planning, design development, engineering, fabrication, installation and maintenance. Our full service fabrication and design management services allow us to deliver comprehensive results that enable your visitor to learn, engage, and enjoy.
University of the Arts
The Museum Studies program at the University of the Arts provides graduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to promote relationships and enhance experiences between museums and the public. Within each individual program – Museum Exhibition Planning + Design, Museum Communication, and Museum Education – core classes address the character of museums, the nature of museum audiences and theories of current museum practice. Lecture and studio courses, as well as site visits and internships, give students a deeper understanding of the demands of museum work, and the ability to apply to the field what they have learned in the classroom. Students are prepared for careers in a range of collecting and non-collecting institutions as museum educators, exhibition developers and designers, digital media specialists, visitor researchers, public relations and fundraising professionals and more.
Zone Display Cases
High end technology and innovative engineering for unsurpassed quality and performance in museum display cases.
Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. (C7A) is an internationally recognized architecture and exhibit design firm that maximizes the power of collaboration to bring fresh solutions to complex design challenges. Throughout its five decades of service, the firm has received over a hundred awards–including the prestigious American Institute of Architects’ national Firm Award–and is known for its innovative work. Today, Cambridge Seven continues to embrace its founders’ creed that the effect of collaborative efforts far surpasses that of any individual. At C7A, we design distinctive museums and experiential exhibits that make learning stimulating, accessible, and engaging. We seek to create immersive environments that spark informal and multimodal learning in a captivating way. Cambridge Seven endows museums, aquariums, zoos, and visitors centers with a sense of place, wonder, and discovery, and these characteristics have made our projects internationally- and nationally-renowned destinations.
Flutter & Wow Museum Projects
Flutter & Wow Museum Projects researches, designs, and implements exhibition projects for museums, galleries, commercial and private clients, as well as museum planning and consultation. Our experience spans from the exhibition of fine art and delicate artifacts to the particular rigors of traveling science exhibits. We have a reputation for innovative interactives, original participatory experiences, and a proven artistic sensibility that enhances the work of exhibition planners, curators, interpretive specialists and educators. Flutter & Wow specializes in: Research, Concept and Design; Participatory and Interactive Exhibition; and Multimedia, Audio Tours and Custom Software.
Garibay Group is a nationally recognized audience research and consulting firm. We help clients better understand their current and potential audiences and work with them to develop strategies to more effectively reach and serve visitors. By understanding people’s experiences and perspectives in depth, we help informal learning organizations develop environments and programs that connect with and enrich visitors’ lives.
Guest Exhibit Productions
Guest Exhibit Productions, a division of R.H.Guest Inc., is a full-service exhibit production company offering a complete range of services from initial budget planning and value-engineering through fabrication and installation. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive service that addresses each individual project’s needs executed in the highest professional manner. Our projects are dramatic environments combining highly-crafted custom casework; electrical, mechanical and computer-driven interactives; two- and three-dimensional digital graphics; audio-visual presentations; dramatic lighting solutions and more. For over thirty years, clients have appreciated our outstanding problem-solving and detailing skills and have chosen to combine their vision with our unique talents. RHG clients include museums, historical societies, nature and science centers, libraries, and cultural institutions. Our tradition of outstanding exhibitions continues to grow with the successful completion of over 1200 permanent, traveling and temporary exhibits worldwide.
Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies
Johns Hopkins University’s Master of Arts in Museum Studies prepares current and future museum professionals to be the visionary leaders of museums in contemporary society. As an online program, we are able to deliver the expertise of highly regarded professors and museum professionals from around the world, innovative virtual field trips, and global resources from a wide array of museums brought together in new and exciting ways. The program emphasizes the role of technology as a pervasive aspect in today’s museum; examines new models of education, exhibition, and business strategies; and explores the role of the museum as an agent of social change. We also offer an online graduate certificate in Digital Curation, which addresses the critical need to manage and preserve all types of digital assets and advances the education and training of museum professionals in this emerging field. Visit our website to learn more.
Keepsafe Microclimate Systems
We are specialists in environmental control of display cases, with a reputation for providing reliable, effective, and appropriate solutions. Call on us to assist you in supplying conservator-approved environments using active or passive solutions, for one or dozens of showcases. Keepsafe Microclimate Systems has years of experience in working with exhibit fabricators, designers, architects, and museum conservation professionals to control humidity, pollution, temperature, and oxygen levels within display environments. We look forward to helping you with your conservation challenges. Email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website.
Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (LHSA+DP) is an integrated full-service architecture and exhibit design firm with special expertise in institutional planning and design, program development, site planning, exhibition planning, interpretive exhibition design, master planning, educational programming and graphic design. Our clients include cultural facilities, museums, libraries, educational institutions, and visitor centers. Since 1980, LHSA+DP has provided this unique range of services to diverse clients and projects of varied scopes and sizes throughout the world. Central to LHSA+DP’s mission is our intensely collaborative process of interpretive planning and programming that ensures a sensitive, holistic approach to project work. Our goal is to unearth the compelling stories that underlie every design situation. The ͞stories worth telling͟ become the guiding principle for every aspect of the project.
Living Color Aquariums
Living Color Aquariums was born out of a passion for the beauty and mystery of life
underwater. Over twentyfive years, we’ve evolved from a traditional aquarium maintenance company to the
creators of the coolest custom aquariums on the planet and stars of our own hit reality TV series, Fish Tank Kings, featured on Nat Geo WILD. Our aquariums are worldrenowned for creating the most engaging, dramatic
and natural aquarium exhibits for Science Museums, Nature Centers and Public Aquariums alike. We focus on
quality of workmanship and on what has meant the most to us since the beginning – a love for aquatic environments and their artistic recreations. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Luce Group specializes in exhibit, themed entertainment, architectural, and theatrical lighting design. Our work, which has been called "radiantly beautiful" by the New York Times and “superb” by the Boston Globe, ranges from an award winning gallery at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, to colorful, cued environments in theme parks and major science centers, to renovations of historic homes and buildings, to traditional art galleries. Trained in theatrical design, we bring a creative and collaborative approach to all our projects. The Luce team is hands-on throughout the design and installation process, so that every project functions smoothly, exceeds aesthetic requirements, meets budget and schedule, and takes into account sustainability and maintenance. Awards: Winning Team, International Association of Art Critic’s (USA) Annual Arts Award 2011, best Architecture/Design Show, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay; 2010 IES DC Section Guth Award, Moving Beyond Earth, Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.
Main Street Design
Main Street Design is an award-winning interpretive planning and exhibition design firm. We specialize in creating experiences that engage guests in active, open-ended exploration of complex subject matter – from the evolution and biology of thinking to the management and conservation of urban water resources – for free-choice learning environments where education, entertainment, and visitor satisfaction are parallel priorities. Since 1991 Main Street has completed more than 200 projects for museums and visitor centers; zoos, aquariums and botanic gardens; and corporate clients. Our firm is widely recognized for the quality and innovation of its work. We have been honored by the American Association for State and Local History, the American Planning Association, the Association of Children’s Museums, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Themed Entertainment Association, among others.
From inspiration to installation, Malone Design/Fabrication provides complete exhibition development and production services to the museum community. These services include interpretive planning, design, project management, fabrication and installation. Our fabrication capabilities include graphics, display cases, interactives, multimedia, themed environments and more. Malone has over 50 years of experience designing and fabricating high quality and visitor centric exhibits and store fixtures for all types of museums and visitor centers. Call us at 770-987-2538 or visit our website:
We create environments that provide an immersive experience, working to blur the lines that separate culture and adventure, learning and play.
Paul Orselli Workshop (POW!)
Paul Orselli Workshop (POW!) specializes in museum exhibit design and development. We create experiences that are engaging, educational, and fun! Working with a small budget? We'll help you stretch your resources and explore museum exhibit design possibilities that you didn't think you could afford. Check out our Free Exhibit Resources with information you'll be able to you right away. Have a crazy idea that you can't figure out how to turn into an exhibit? Breaking through "exhibit block" is one of our favorite challenges. Tired of boring exhibits? We know how to "turbo charge" your ideas without sacrificing your content goals. Contact us today to discuss how we can work together to turn your bright ideas into even better exhibits!
Peter Hyde Design
Peter Hyde Design turns your vision into design reality. Peter Hyde Design provides dynamic and innovative exhibit and experience design solutions for a wide range of project subjects and client types. We realize that today’s clients require vendors capable of adjusting to their budgets, schedules and required services based on specific project needs. By utilizing a flexible business and studio model, Peter Hyde Design is able to provide services from smaller sized, low budget and fast paced projects to very large, high budget multi-year projects with equal creativity, attention and successful outcomes. Our services include Master Planning, Exhibit and Experience Design, Exhibit Development, Branded Environments and Broadcast Design.
Steel City Displays
Steel City Displays specializes in Special Events, Museums, Parks and Branded Environments. Located in Suburban Philadelphia, we provide a one stop approach to design, project management and fabrication. Whether you need a simple or complex project, we can guide you in choosing a sustainable solution. Led by 30‐year exhibit solutions veteran Bob Heck, the Steel City Displays team is best known for a unique combination of creativity, experience, flexibility and passion for putting the customer first. Besides exhibit expertise, Bob and the Steel City Display team are also known for their sense of humor, making the daunting exhibit process enjoyable.
Museums, nature centers, zoos, and similar institutions all have engaging stories to tell. They hire Taylor Studios to reveal these stories. Through detailed interpretive planning, design, and fabrication, these provocative stories become exhibits that capture and spark visitors’ imaginations. Since 1991, our clients have elected to work with our team because we possess a rare balance: creativity and time-tested processes and procedures that maintain project schedules and budgets. This balance at first may sound over-rated, but contracting a firm with proven project management and financial processes is essential to making any exhibit project as stress-free as possible. Our exhibits are also backed by an unmatched-in-the-industry five-year warranty.
Tru Vue engineers high-performance glass and acrylic glazing solutions, including Optium® Acrylic Glazing and UltraVue® Laminated Glass, that are trusted by conservation and fine art professionals to protect and display the most celebrated works of art in the world. We work closely with the museum community to develop our products to meet superior aesthetic and conservation standards. Our revolutionary TruLife™ anti-reflective acrylic for face/second surface mounting and direct print applications delivers the highest-resolution viewing experience possible to truly reflect an artist’s vision, and nothing else. TruLife captures the details with lifelike colors, incredible depth, and clarity to show photography and fine art as it was meant to be viewed. We regularly come across challenging framing and display applications and are available to share our glazing experiences with you or your team. For more information or to request samples visit:
Unified Field's creative & technical expertise produces results that matter for museums: Quality experiences, great press and enduring visitor relationships.
With deep experience in interactive exhibits, websites, mobile apps, RFID, data viz and real-time displays, we know how to engage an audience to create meaningful connections, cross-generational conversations and personal shifts in perspective.
We partner with museums through every stage of the process – bringing a diverse cross-disciplinary team, smart ideas, robust technology and world class design to engage audiences and make stories come alive for audiences of all ages, today and into the future.