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Matt Kirchman

  • What I do, where I work

  • I’m an independent consultant offering museum planning and exhibition development. My business is called ObjectIDEA.

  • Current position

    • President at ObjectIDEA – Museum Planning and Exhibition Development

    • Member at MUSAIC Design Group

Earlier positions

  • Director of Interpretive Planning at Amaze Design

  • Director of Interpretive Planning at Krent Paffett Carney

  • Exhibit Designer at John G. Shedd Aquarium

  • Assistant Director at Southern California Environmental Ed and Leadership Foundation

Website(s)

  • The USS Yorktown at Patriots Point

    The USS Yorktown at Patriots Point

    Review

    by Matt Kirchman Published April 06 2012

    I toured the USS Yorktown in March, 2012... and I can’t stop thinking about it. I was invited aboard the ship to consider what kinds of improvements might make the aircraft carrier more exciting, educational, honorable, accessible, and memorable as a...

  • A Day in Pompeii

    A Day in Pompeii

    Review

    by Matt Kirchman Published January 02 2012

    Having done no pre-visit research at all, I really thought I was going to the Museum of Science to learn about volcanology and archaeological scientific methods – maybe even some forensics – when I chose to take my wife to see "A Day in Pompeii"...

  • Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia

    Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia

    Review

    by Matt Kirchman Published March 12 2010

    At the Arabia Steamboat Museum, "felt meaning" is precious cargo. In an oftentimes-heady profession such as exhibition development and design, it’s easy to over-think the idea of the coveted “take-home message.” We interpretive developers...

  • Country Fair to Culinary Olympics

    Country Fair to Culinary Olympics

    Review

    by Matt Kirchman Published February 05 2009

    Roger Ebert eat your heart out! And while you’re at it, enjoy some fried dough and prize-winning pickles! In November, I sat on a panel to offer critical analysis of the latest exhibition offered by the Johnson and Wales University Museum of...

  • Dalí and Film

    Dalí and Film

    Review

    by Matt Kirchman Published July 01 2008

    I found myself in St. Petersburg recently, so I went to the Salvador Dalí Museum and took in the exhibition, Dalí and Film. From the website: Dalí and Film (February – June, 2008) is "the first exhibition examining the profound relationship...

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