Matt Kirchman

Matt Kirchman

Museum Planner and Interpretive Designer



Member Since

January 2024

Matt Kirchman is the Founder and President of ObjectIDEA and serves as the Creative Director for all projects. He holds a Master of Science degree in Experiential Education (MSEd) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication (BFA). For over 20 years, the interpretive design field has afforded him the opportunity to exercise his philosophies and methods in these very related schools of thinking.
Prior to forming ObjectIDEA, Matt was an exhibition developer and Manager of Interpretation at several exhibition planning and design firms. He brings an in-house perspective to the planning process by calling on his experience as a designer at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and as an educator for several parks and museums across the United States.
Matt was one of two independent consultants invited by the American Alliance of Museums to assist the organization in identifying the benchmarks for interpretive planning that AAM uses to accredit its member institutions.
He sits on the Board of the New England Museum Association, serves as the New England Region Representative for the National Association of Interpretation, and is a Council Member for Historic New England. Matt teaches Exhibition Planning at Tufts University and Johns Hopkins University.
He is also a member of the MUSAIC network, the Praxis Museum Projects Group, and The Museum Group. All are specialty consortiums of professionals that serve the museum field in distinct ways.
Finally, Matt collects museum visits and keeps a record of each and every one. His current collection numbers over 500 visits from Bangkok to Boston; New Zealand to New York.

Ask me about

Ask me about how crucial exhibition organization is.

What I love about experience design

I love the relationship between nature and design.

Practice Area

Branded Environments, Exhibition, Placemaking, Strategy/Research/Planning

Focus Area

Destination Experiences, Exhibition, Graphic, Interpretive, Sustainability


Cultural, Education, Entertainment, Museums, Visitor Centers