Visitor Experience Plan
Gallagher & Associates, an internationally recognized museum planning and design firm with offices in Washington D.C., New York City, San Francisco, and Singapore, was hired by International Architects Atelier (IAA), the lead, primary architectural design firm for the Museum’s renovation project, to create a Visitor Experience Plan. This plan expands upon the 2010 interpretive plan, bringing it into alignment with the current architectural design plan, and preparing a solid foundation for future design and development of exhibitions and programs. The Visitor Experience Plan was adopted by the Parks Board on April 25, 2017.
In the Museum’s Strategic Plan, produced by Museum Management Consultants, one of the strategic priorities was to create “a vibrant and participatory visitor experience that reflects the dynamic history, culture, and impact of Kansas City.” The Museum’s Visitor Experience Plan builds upon the Museum’s mission and specifically determines the core interpretive and thematic stories (outlined below) for Corinthian Hall and the Carriage House. These stories will guide the development of content for exhibitions, programs, and events. Once construction starts on Corinthian Hall (summer 2017), a museum design firm will be hired for exhibit design and development of all exhibition spaces in the mansion. The firm will work closely with the Museum’s renovation project team, Museum staff, and a group of local historians and educators to develop the exhibit and programming content. This will include design for all interactive technologies (e.g. audio tours, touchscreens, artifact tagging, apps, and more) that will be integrated to enhance the learning environment and visitor experience.
The core stories are as follows:
- Cultural Confluences: Rivers to 1880s
- A City Beautiful on the Missouri: 1890s to 1930s
- Thriving Populations: 1890s to 1950s
- Decline & Renewal: 1950s to 1990s
- Cultural Renaissance: 1970s to Present
- Our City, Our Stories: Past, Present, and Future