Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service

Detail from William H. Johnson's BOATS at KERTEMINDE, 1935. Courtesy Morgan State University


SITES specializes in creating three dimensional, full-scale exhibition "packages" containing objects, photographic images, and interpretive text. Many exhibitions also include cases, freestanding display units, and computer and audiovisual equipment.

The exhibition "package" also provides curatorial and registrarial information; shipping, handling, and installation instructions; educational and programming resources; publications; and insurance.

Every SITES exhibition includes:

• Complete curatorial references, including object checklist and script

• Registrarial information for condition reporting; shipping, handling, and installation instructions; and crate lists and weights

• Wall-to-wall insurance coverage under the Smithsonian’s policy

• Public relations support in the form of press releases, photographs/digital images, and advice on promoting the show and hosting special events

• Guidelines for local fundraising and working with Smithsonian national sponsors (as applicable)

• Educational enrichment materials such as curriculum guides, docent training information, films, video and audio cassette programs, educational
websites, and suggestions for lecture series

• A variety of publications that may include catalogues, posters, and brochures

• Internet links to the Smithsonian and SITES websites

• Special preparatory workshops (as applicable) that bring together representatives of host museums, SITES staff members, curators, and educators to share ideas, discuss content, and devise strategies for presenting and publicizing SITES exhibitions at the community level

• The opportunity to participate in the Voices of Discovery program offered by The Smithsonian Associates.




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