Michael Dubois

  • What I do, where I work

  • I am responsible for the creative direction of permanent exhibitions in the museum. The implementation of traveling exhibitions hosted by our museum. And…most importantly…the overall experience of every visitor to the museum.

  • Current position

  • Director of Exhibitions and Designer at Senator John Heinz History Center in association with the Smithsonian Institution

Earlier positions

  • Exhibition Designer/Curator at Fernbank

  • Creative Director of New Exhibitions at Premier Exhibitions

  • Senior Designer at several exhibit design & production companies


  • More about me

  • I have an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design and graduate degree in Architecture. My graduate studies focused on interaction and architecture specifically within the framework of a museum environment. I have designed and developed exhibitions for museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums, theme parks and corporations since 1992. Recent projects include:
    - Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor in Las Vegas, NV. This is the flagship version of this exhibition which opened in December of 2008.
    - Dialog in the Dark for the North American market. I researched the concept while working in Germany, adapted it for North America and supervised the design of the exhibition for the opening in Atlanta, GA.
    - Bodies: The Exhibition. I was part of the original concept team which developed the look and feel of this exhibition.
    - Discovery Channel interviewed me as part of a special program concerning exhibition design which aired in 2006. I was working on a traveling version of Titanic for the Ontario Science Center.
    - Senior Designer for Hope for Humanity: AIDS Vaccine Research and the impact of the virus in Africa. Photos by Andrew Petkun developed in association with Emory Vaccine Research Center. This exhibition won a regional design award in its budget category.