My computer suggest "halls" in place of "walls" for the title. Doesn't get the joke.
The biggest development lately has been the framing of the Terry K Bell Exhibition Gallery and the Oklahoma Museum Network area. That part of the building will look quite different in the future. The soaring walls will give the rooms kind of a grand feel. But right now it's just a lot of steel.
Plywood has started going up in the Artistry of the Plains area, across from the Tornado Theater, and on the walls beneath the North Mezzanine. The area under the mezzanine will host a barbed wire exhibit, activities related to ranching and agriculture, and also a hide painting display and activity.
The Prehistory area, where the dig site diorama and activity will be, has been fully framed. The west wall has closed one of two entrances to what used to be a blacksmith's shop, but in the new gallery will be part of the Tingley Indian Store diorama. For those who have visited the Museum of the Great Plains in the past, these and other changes will definitely make things look new!
Not the Minnesota Vikings. These are just some guys from Science Museum of Minnesota. One of our exhibit design team's objectives this round was to work out some of the features of the dig area that will be in the Prehistory section of the new gallery. The dig site will be a walk-in interactive space where children, adults, anyone, can experience what it's like to be an archaeologist. Yes, you can actually dig--and find things! The area is modeled on an 11,000 year-old mammoth kill-site in Caddo County, Oklahoma, one of the first digs (1962) conducted by the Museum of the Great Plains.
And finally, three shots of the Prehistory area under construction. To complete the scene, the east and south sides will be a giant photo mural (see top photo).
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The entry area of the museum will be different in the future. The large, open area that we, the museum staff, have called "Gallery A" and "Gallery B" in the past, will be partitioned. The first section will be dominated by a title wall, welcoming visitors to the Donald W Reynolds Great Plains Discovery Center. The entry will have a large floor map of the Great Plains, surrounded by panels and activities that help people get a sense of just what defines the Plains. Beyond the entry area, visitors will encounter the "People of the Plains" diorama, the "Artistry of the Plains" exhibit, and most prominently, the tornado theater, or "Terrible Tuesday." It's going to be a very content-rich area with lots to do and experience.
The floor map of the Great Plains in the new entry area will measure 25 x 37 feet!
Rendering of the entry area of the Donald W Reynolds Great Plains Discovery Center
"Terrible Tuesday" (tornado theater) model
Model of the "People of the Plains" installation
Model of the "Artistry of the Plains" installation
From time to time, we'll post info here about what's going-on at the museum.