Traveling Exhibition Services

Traveling Exhibition Services

From inception to final disposal, we provide support for all phases of a traveling exhibition.

What is important when seeking traveling exhibition services?

An efficient, presentable and punctual team that reflects positively on the institution is essential. Also, tight schedules mean that work must happen quickly. A team must have experience with shipping logistics, with various types of packing methods and with proper methods for installing a variety of artworks. Additionally, a good team will take direction well from the client yet offer sound advice based on their experience.

Why are these criteria important?

Rarely does an institution have adequate staff to handle an incoming traveling exhibition, and it must call on additional resources. Hiring a staff that routinely works with the exhibition, installing at other venues, is a good decision. As familiarity grows with each venue, proficiency improves and the clients who hire teams traveling with the exhibition see their installations progress more efficiently.

Why is ELY the best company to offer these services?

Often, we work with museums in the initial planning phases of large traveling exhibitions, providing consultation based on decades of experience. Institutions also hire us to travel their exhibitions for many years, performing the physical installations at each venue. Once onsite, our team is responsible for the success of the entire installation, primarily because they will return after a period of months to the same institution for the deinstallation and travel immediately to repeat the process. Patience guarantees that the exhibition maintenance is minimal and the subsequent installations will proceed smoothly. Another component of an effective traveling exhibition team is consistency. We offer the same staff for the duration of the exhibition to promote familiarity. Finally, our traveling exhibition teams have decades of experience with a variety of systems associated with travelling exhibitions such as security, climate, audio/visual, interactives, lighting, maintenance and troubleshooting.

Sample Projects

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Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

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Traveling Exhibition

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Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary

This 8,000 sq. ft. traveling exhibition contained 300 objects illustrating the six themes of the exhibition: Character Matters, B. Franklin Printer, Civic Visions, Useful Knowledge, World Stage, and Seeing Franklin. Included were rare maps, books, publications, documents, scientific apparatus and personal artifacts. The tour itinerary involved 5 domestic venues over 3 years and 1 European venue. Benjamin Franklin-In Search of a Better World.pdf 

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Discover the Real George Washington

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Traveling Exhibition

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Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

This 6,500 sq ft traveling exhibition featured nearly 100 objects detailing the life of George Washington, from early surveying equipment to his presidential china, including a set of his famous dentures. Objects were seismically mounted, installed, packed and crated by ELY in 2009. One unique solution to seismic concerns is the table setting which features mounts that secure artifacts with magnets through the tablecloth. Discovering the Real George Washington

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The 1968 Exhibit

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Traveling Exhibition

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Minnesota Historical Society

The 1968 Exhibit is a 5,000 sq ft exhibition traveling to 9 venues over 4 years. The exhibit is a mixture of artifacts and props from 1968 including a Huey Helicopter from Vietnam and a full-size replica of Apollo 8 capsule. ELY is implementing a comprehensive plan we developed for the management of the installation, crating, packing, and shipping of the exhibition of all venues. The 1968 Exhibit.pdf

Clients

Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s

Minnesota Historical Society

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary

Jefferson and Slavery at Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Discover the Real George Washington

Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

Forgotten Gateway

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause

Drug Enforcement Administration Museum & Visitors Center

A Son and His Adoptive Father

Williams Center for the Arts Gallery, Lafayette College

Margaret Mee, Return to the Amazon

Royal Botanical Gardens, KEW

The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services

Mount Vernon in Miniature

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

Lewis and Clark: Across the Great Divide

Missouri History Museum

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

National Museum of Natural History

American Originals: Treasures from the National Archives

National Archives and Records Administration

Treasures from Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

Dresses for Humanity, An Exhibition of Diana Princess of Wales

The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc.

The 1968 Exhibit

Minnesota Historical Society

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