Nature Research Center

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC (2012)

Opened in 2012, the Nature Research Center (NRC) represents a new model for visitor engagement and exhibition development under an unprecedented memorandum of understanding between the museum and the North Carolina University system. The NRC combines innovative approaches to digital exhibits and citizen science to create a highly interactive and flexible learning space. The NRC doubled the museum’s attendance within the first year and was awarded a National Medal for Library and Museum Service in 2013.

Carol Bossert Services worked with the museum from concept through opening day to translate cutting-edge research science into engaging visitor experiences.  We developed the interpretive strategy and oversaw development of multimedia, digital, and graphic interpretation for six of the exhibition areas totaling 15,000 square feet.  We managed text writing, editing and review as well as photo research, creating a cost-effective process for image review.  We worked with the museum’s curators, educators and design staff as well as external stakeholders from North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina, Duke University and Loyola Medical School.

Architect: Fentress Architects
Exhibit Designer: Andrew Merriell and Associates
Media: Batwin and Robin Productions
Interactives: Small Design Group

Lighting:   David Weiner Design

Hardware Integration:  Electrosonic





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    Content Development, Content Research, Exhibition Development, Interpretive Planning, Writing
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