University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2016
The Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas is not a museum, though it has similarities in collections, access, conservation, etc. The Spencer is a library, though a specialized kind of library by virtue of it's primary sources collections. InterActive Group strove to design exhibits that focus on making these unique collections more visible. The exhibits foster an appreciation of the importance of primary sources to the advancement of knowledge, and by extension, the roles of writing, books, and other materials in the advancement. InterActive Group created a dynamic experience that connects visitors with the richness of human experience embodied in the library's collections, builds appreciation of the collections and the institution, and creates inspiration to learn more.
Visitors at the museum can:
- Learn about items covering 5,000 years of civilization.
- See how the university has developed over the last 150 years.
- Immerse in the bird books of John Gould and learn about how illustrations were created in the 1800s.
- Listen to 20th Century authors discuss Science Fiction works and recite poems.