No, this post isn’t about a wedding but that old saying works equally as well for our new permanent exhibit leading into the Nonsuch Gallery!
Despite the fact that the Nonsuch is one of our biggest attractions at the museum, some people were missing it entirely due to some poorly positioned carpet arrows and a drab entryway. Last fall I sat down with our amazing designer Stephanie Whitehouse to figure out how to tackle this problem. We decided that we could not only improve the wayfinding to the Nonsuch Gallery and well-hidden bathrooms but also put more of the HBC Museum Collection on display, win-win!
You can see that the black wall with dusty old model of our Parklands Gallery needed an update. And even when you stepped up and looked to the right (towards the Nonsuch) the area was a bit dark and uninviting. No wonder people were turning left and missing it all together!
The finished product is the result of an amazing collaboration between design, productions (carpentry/lighting), conservation, and curatorial.
Now when you emerge from the Boreal Forest Gallery you round the corner and see this:
And when you look to your right you see this:
Something Old: the selection of artefacts from the HBC Museum Collection from various ships used by the Company
Something New: the signage, lights, and new exhibit space
Something Borrowed: the pipe and pocket telescope in the little cubby are borrowed from the History collection
Something Blue: the fabulous blue paint colour that takes you all the way to the Nonsuch
Here are a few pics from our installation day:
Our lovely designer Steph was behind the lens for these photos, how convenient 😉
Next time you’re at the museum be sure to slow down when you round that corner out of the Boreal Forest Gallery and check out our recent addition!
Shout out to everyone involved:
Stephanie Whitehouse (Designer); Marc Hebert (Carpentry); Carolyn Sirett (Conservation); Bert Valentin (Productions); Sean Workman (Productions); and Holly Durawa (summer intern from U of T’s Museum Studies Program, she assisted with artefact selection and label copy!).