Wayne LaBar

  • What I do, where I work

  • Current status and work updates:
    twitter: @wlabar

    Summary: Twenty four years of experience in museum and science center planning, project management, leadership, exhibition design and development, implementation, exhibition technology and networking. Current interests are leading organizations to becoming more impactful to their communities, developing innovative and new exhibition and public programming, experimenting and advancing the museum field with new paradigms that are shaping our society’s means of communicating, and working together.

    Specialties : Museum leadership, exhibition design and development, new technologies, large format films, strategic planning, science and technology, museums, science centers; use of social media and mobile devices; specific content specialty in the science of cooking, innovation and skyscrapers

    Current Positions:
    Principal, ALCHEMY studio
    ALCHEMY studio is an independent, experience and institutional development, design and consulting services studio that designs and develops museums, science centers and other life long learning experiences around the world, working with staff, boards, civic leaders, governments, NGO’s, filmmakers and others involved in the informal learning field. Building off of work begun in 2006 as LSC Experience Services, ALCHEMY studio launched in January 2012 .

    ALCHEMY studio brings to its clients experience in planning the first science center in Puerto Rico; master planning for two science centers and designing the exhibits for the first large scale science center in Turkey; taking a significant role in creating the mission and framing work for a cultural center in Saudi Arabia; leading a capital planning study for The Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg and, creating new exhibitions for the New York Transit Museum and the historic Bell Labs among others.

    Tags: exhibit, exhibition, museum, design, master planning, leadership, innovation, global

    Partial List of Past Experience
    Caguas Science Center – Caguas Puerto Rico
    New York Transit Museum – Brooklyn, New York
    Innovators in America – Brooklyn, New York
    The College of New Jersey/Sarnoff Gallery – Ewing New Jersey
    Alcatel Lucent/Bell Labs – Mountain View, NJ
    The Manitoba Museum – Winnipeg Canada
    The History of the Port of New York and New Jersey, Bayonne, NJ
    Engelwood Greico School, Englewood, NJ
    Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
    TUBITAK, Ankara, Turkey

  • Current position

  • Principal at ALCHEMY studio

Earlier positions

  • Dir. of Exhibits and Dir, Exhibitions at Tech Museum of Innovation

  • Project Manager at Krent Paffett Associates

  • VP Exhibitions and Featured Experiences at Liberty Science Center

  • Principal-in-Charge at LSC Experience Services

  • Project Manager/Developer at Carnegie Science Center

  • Research Assistant at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

  • Engineer Trainee at NASA Langley Research Center


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Recent publications & presentations

  • Visitor Voices


  • "Traveling Exhibitions Choices as an Expression of Institutional Intent."   Fifth Science Centre World Congress

    June 2008

  • "Science Centre of 2020."   European Collaborative for Science, Industry & Technology Exhibitions (ECSITE) Conference, Budapest, Hungary

    June 2008

  • "Use of Technology to Prolong Experiences and Strengthen Learning."   European Collaborative for Science, Industry & Technology Exhibitions (ECSITE) Conference, Budapest, Hungary

    June 2008

  • "Can You Tube® & Wikipedia® be Models for Creating Exhibits."   American Association of Museums (AAM) Conference, Denver, CO

    May 2008

  • "Tall Tales: A Century of Exhibiting Tall Building."   Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Congress and Proceedings

    February 2008

  • Technology and Creativity: Social Media, Mobiles & Museums


  • Skyscraper!: Achievement and Impact

    Skyscraper!: Achievement and Impact

    Case Study

    by Wayne LaBar Published June 09 2008

    As technological inventions, skyscrapers define the large cities of the global society and our local community. These amazing structures incorporate engineering solutions in their construction and provide abundant opportunities to highlight many...

  • Terror House  - (another look)

    Terror House - (another look)


    by Wayne LaBar Published September 14 2008

    This is an excerpt of a review for The Informal Learning Review (ILR) go there for the full review. Thanks Mac West Design The key to the experience is the design, its power and emotion, and it succeeds in incorporating architectural space,...