Dimenna Children's History Museum

In the midst of an institutional redesign, the New York Historical Society chose to devote the lower level gallery space to creating a Museum and Library that introduces children and their families to New York City History. 

My Role: As an interpretive specialist for Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design, I researched and developed the stories of six New York children who represented the museum's goal of showing the relationship between New York and the nation. Each story, presented as a kiosk which incorporated several artifacts from the museum's collection, text, hands-on elements and media interactives, highlighted the ways that New York's story reflected national events. Working within the deadlines driven by the redesign construction, I continually developed the conceptual, schematic and detail design narratives and object research with the design team through to completion. This highly successful space opened in 2011 and has increased institutional visitorship by children and families by 500%.