Penny Jennings

  • What I do, where I work

  • I’m the Associate Director of Experience Development at the Oakland Museum of California. I get to think and talk and write (and sometimes draw!) about exhibitions. I’m also the Vice President NAME, the Exhibitions Professional Network (PN) of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and the former President of Cultural Connections, a professional development organization for Museum Educators in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  • Associate Director of Experience Development at Oakland Museum of California

  • Project Lead, Global Studios at Exploratorium

  • Associate, Exhibition Development at West Office Exhibition Design

  • Exhibit Developer at Redmond-Jones & Associates

  • Exhibition Manager at Bay Area Discovery Museum

  • Exhibit Developer at (self-employed)

  • Various at Exploratorium


  • More about me

  • I’ve been working in the museum world since the 1980s, first as a student of technology and material culture, then as an educator at the Exploratorium, lately as an exhibit developer and project manager for projects far and wide, from interactive sound sculpture to hydrogen fuel cells.

    I’m grateful for the chance to read and share on this site—thank you to all who made it happen.

Recent publications & presentations

  • Picture This: Family Photographs of Everyday San Francisco

    Picture This: Family Photographs of Everyday San Francisco

    Case Study

    by Penny Jennings Published April 19 2007

    This exhibition drew from a collection of photographs shared with the San Francisco Public Library by community members from the Western Addition, Ocean View/Merced/Ingleside (OMI), Mission and Sunset neighborhoods. On Shades of San Francisco Photo...

  • Aquarium wayfinding

    Aquarium wayfinding


    by Penny Jennings on October 08, 2010

    Monterey Bay Aquarium got it right when they added images to their wayfinding signs. It's so much faster to look for the photo of the otter than to figure out what the exhibition titles mean!

  • Touchable models

    Touchable models


    by Penny Jennings on October 28, 2010

    Sagrada Familia's exhibit about Gaudi's ispiration from nature includes touchable models of many of the forms used in the building. Paired with a photo of the form in situ these add depth and dimension...

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