Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New Klee-Shea Children's Museum Project!

I wanted to share this exclusive blog post with ExhibiTricks readers about the new Klee-Shea Children's Museum (KSCM) project which hosted a virtual reality groundbreaking ceremony at midnight on March 31, 2020.

Spokesperson Jay Ochs informed me that the full name of the new museum will be the Klee-Shea Discovertorium Incrediblarium Children's Museum, named after the renowned community leader and paper goods heiress Dr. Kleemona Necks (known to everyone by her childhood name, "Klee") and her beloved 63-year old pet tortoise, Shelly, affectionately called "Shea".

Billed as a "world-class" institution unique in the entire museum field, some of the exciting new experiences that will be featured in the first-ever LEED Adamantium building include:

• A Holographic Mini-Grocery Store Area: using state-of-the-art haptic laser projection equipment, young shoppers will be able to fill their carts with realistic simulations of grocery products, thus easily resolving the need for KCSM staff to keep re-stocking the shelves after excited children jam every object into their carts, and eliminating sanitation concerns.

• Bowling Ball Pit: highlighting the "outside the box" thinking of Brooklyn-based exhibit design firm Boughess, this one-of-a-kind experience will allow young visitors to test their cooperation and risk-taking skills while at the same time also participating in fun and healthy strength training.

• "Feelings" Room: During initial testing, Klee-Shea staff realized that on rare occasions, exhibits would break or malfunction. Rather than immediately repairing these components, the museum will gather the non-working components into a dimly-lit area where unsuspecting children can discover feelings of frustration by attempting to make these non-operational exhibits work.

As spokesperson Ochs explained how all visitors would exit through the Klee-Shea Gift Shop (with products ranging from rubber dinosaur erasers to multi-thousand dollar telescopes that nobody will ever buy) he shared initial thoughts on the Museum's upcoming "soft opening" party when the entire facility will be filled with foam pillows and bags of marshmallows will be given to the first 500 people in line.

To find out more about this exciting project, follow the link to the Klee-Shea Children's Museum website.

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Paul Orselli writes the posts on ExhibiTricks. Paul likes to combine interesting people, ideas, and materials to make exhibits (and entire museums!) with his company POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.) Let's work on a project together!

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