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Gallagher & Associates (Silver Spring, Md.) has been working with the Bell Museum in St. Paul for over three years to create a vision for a natural history museum for the future. On the campus of the University of Minnesota, the reimagined exhibits by G&A take visitors on a journey from the creation of the universe to Minnesota's own unique habitats. With an emphasis on relevance for visitors and a goal of engagement, the exhibit designs are meant to demonstrate that the story of the universe is really the story of "you."
Over the course of the project, G&A developed a close working relationship with the community. From the beginning, the public was apprehensive about relocating the historic and beloved Francis Lee Jaques dioramas; the thought of moving and reinterpreting the unique collection stirred up public emotions and concern. G&A's commitment to address the concerns resulted in a design that features the collection of dioramas in meaningful ways.
Patrick Gallagher, President and Principal remarked, "The reinvented Bell Museum will set a new benchmark for what a museum can be in terms of community participation and engagement, as well as interpretation of the natural sciences and the arts." He added, "The new designs fully incorporate the historic dioramas as anchor points throughout the Museum's exhibits to pull visitors literally into the landscape and the storytelling. People are also invited to appreciate the dioramas as the great works of art they are."
The new Museum will be a transformative landmark, not just in Minneapolis, but in the region, as a world class destination where people and communities come together, forge new partnerships and enjoy the sciences, history, and the arts.
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