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Behind the Scenes at Smithsonian Exhibits
Morning Tour

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Code: 1NHA01

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3D Studio Supervisor Lora Collins sculpts a sea lion mom and pup for the Zoo’s American Trail exhibit (Photo: Carolyn Thome, Smithsonian Exhibits)

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It takes more than curators to put together the exhibitions of art and artifacts that fill the Smithsonian’s museums. There are also designers, editors, fabricators, model makers, and graphic specialists whose talents and skills play a key role in translating an exhibit’s concept into a physical reality.

Meet some of these unseen but essential professionals when you pay a visit to a place where even the most avid museum-goer never sets foot: the headquarters of Smithsonian Exhibits in Landover, MD. Staff members talk about their work and welcome you to areas including those devoted to 3D scanning and printing technologies; graphics; fabrication; and object storage. See projects in progress, including those destined for upcoming exhibitions at Smithsonian museums.

Susan Ades, the director of Smithsonian Exhibits, joins participants on the bus trip over to provide background and answer questions. You can’t get any more behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian than this, and after the visit you’re guaranteed to view your next museum exhibition with a brand-new perspective.

The tour bus departs and returns to the front of the S. Dillon Ripley Center.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit


Tour begins and ends at the S. Dillon Ripley
Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian