Sunday, June 10, 2007


One of the best new projects I've become involved in recently is ExhibitFiles. (Full disclosure: I'm also one of the Project Advisors.)

Instead of the "collective memory" of an exhibition project or an individual exhibit component getting
"lost" after the show closes or the component gets "retired" the goal of this project is to capture those
memories (and evaluation reports, and floorplans, etc.) so that ExhibitFiles will become a searchable database
of exhibit information and reviews.

Kudos to NSF for funding this project and for Wendy Pollock (from ASTC) and Kathy McLean for spearheading this effort.

Check it out at

Paul Orselli and POW!

Paul Orselli’s interest in sharing ideas with people and creating interactive devices began when he was a child growing up in Detroit. While earning his B.S. in Anthropology and Zoology from the University of Michigan and his M.A. in Science Education from Wayne State University, Paul realized he could have a job making “cool stuff” by working in the museum business.

For more than 30 years, Paul has worked to create inventive science museums and playful children’s museums, including director-level positions at the Discovery Museums in Acton, Massachusetts, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and the Long Island Children’s Museum.

In 2002, Paul became President and Chief Instigator of POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop.) POW! was created to utilize Paul’s talents and collaborative resources to help museums and other cultural institutions develop innovative exhibit components, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Paul has consulted on museum projects throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. His clients include such notable organizations as the New York Hall of Science, the Exploratorium, the National Science Foundation, and Science Projects in London.

In addition to regular presentations at national and regional museum conferences, Paul has also been the editor and originator of the three best-selling Exhibit Cheapbooks, published by ASTC, and has served on the board of NAME (National Association for Museum Exhibition).

Paul lives on Long Island with his wife and “in-house exhibit testing crew” of four children.

My Bio Page at my website

Great Big Exhibit Resource List

For the past few years I've been gathering (and adding to) a resource list of Exhibit Supplies and Suppliers.

Check it out at:

If any of your "favorites" are missing, let me know and I'll add them to the list!