Tom Nielsen

  • What I do, where I work

  • I am a partner in a small company, The Exhibit Guys, offering products and services to Science Centers and Children’s Museums around the world.


  • Director of Exhibits at Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

  • Senoir Exhibit Dveloper at Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

  • Exhibit Technician at Museum of Science, Boston

  • Exhibit Technician at New York Hall of Science


  • Bubbles



    by Tom Nielsen Published July 28 2009

    I’ve been meaning for a while to write down some thoughts about soap bubble exhibits in science centers and children’s museums; now Wendy Pollock’s recent suggestion in the Exhibit Files blog, that members contribute case studies or reviews in the...

  • Giant Ears

    Giant Ears


    by Tom Nielsen Published June 22 2007

    About a year ago, I had the chance to spend an afternoon at Experimentarium, the science museum in Copenhagen, and I enjoyed the visit very much. Like many science centers, a good portion of the exhibits were variations of displays first developed...

  • Seeing the Light

    Seeing the Light


    by Tom Nielsen Published May 05 2007

    On a windy March afternoon 21 years ago, I was walking up Madison Avenue in Manhattan, looping in my mind the number 590, the way then-promising, now-obsolete "bubble memory" chips had to be constantly refreshed lest they lose their data. Odd, for...