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Working at the Smithsonian

Exhibits Specialist

  • There are exhibit departments in each museum as well as a central office. These are multi-disciplinary organizations that focus on how best to present the artifacts and information to our visitors. Aesthetics, visual impact, traffic flow, creating an environment that reflects the exhibit theme and the physical restraints of the venue are all taken into account.
  • Designers use the latest computer aided design (CAD) software and usually have a graphic, industrial design or architectural degree and learn the specific discipline on the job.
  • We employ specialists in model making, graphics, cabinetmaking, lighting, mount making, art frame restoration and taxidermy to build out an exhibit. We also have specialists who fabricate custom shipping cases for artifacts that are loaned to other museums or are part of a traveling exhibition.

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