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Manual of Museum Exhibitions

Second Edition, Edited by Barry Lord and Maria Piacente
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Manual of Museum Exhibitions is a comprehensive, practical guide to the entire process of planning, designing, producing, and evaluating exhibitions for museums of all kinds. The second edition explores the exhibition development process in greater detail, providing the technical and practical methodologies museum professionals need today.

This second edition of the standby Manual of Museum Exhibitions is arranged in four parts:

  • What – A look at both permanent collection displays and non-collection displays as well as virtual, participatory, temporary, travelling displays and retail sales.
  • Why – Covering the purpose of exhibits, where exhibit ideas come from, and how to measure success.
  • Where – Covering facilities and spaces, going into details including security and interactive spaces.
  • How – Who is involved, planning, curatorship and content development, design, multimedia, fabrication and installation, financial planning, and project management.

The Manual of Museum Exhibitions, second edition, was honoured with the 2015 Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award of Excellence in Publications in November 2015. Please read the press release here.

About The Authors

Barry Lord

Barry Lord, Co-Founder and Co-President of Lord Cultural Resources, is internationally known as one of the world’s leading museum planners. Educated at McMaster and Harvard Universities. Barry co-founded Lord Cultural Resources with his wife Gail Lord in 1981. Barry has been instrumental in developing museum planning having co-authored with Gail Lord, five museum planning manuals that have been published in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Georgian. In 2010 Gail and Barry collaborated to write Artists, Patrons, and the Public: Why Culture Changes. Barry’s most recent book is Art & Energy, published by The AAM Press of The American Alliance of Museums in 2014.

Maria Piacente

Maria Piacente, Vice President of exhibitions and events at Lord Cultural Resources, specializes in interpretive planning, exhibition development and project management for cultural projects of all sizes, ranging in scope from art to science to history.

  • "Well written, practical suggestions and helpful tools."
    Marie Chapman, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
  • "This manual provides clear, concise, well-organized analysis of the museum program."
    Michael Leckman, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Toronto, Canada
  • "An excellent guide."
    James Hungerford, Chief Executive Officer, Xibitz Inc.