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Thank you all for participating in the “2011 Museum Exhibition Survey”.   59 people responded to the survey, between June 27, 2011 and July 18, 2011.

The majority of the exhibition responses were History Museums (30.5%), Science Centers (27.1%), Children’s Museums (16.9%) and Traveling Exhibitions (11.9%).  The majority of the responses are for exhibition between 1000 square feet and 5000 square feet (67.9% total).  The per square foot costs were grouped in three ranges $25-$75 per square foot (25.5% total), $100-$150 per square foot (30.6% total), $250-$350 per square foot (25.5% total).  I was pleased to see the high percentage of Project Managers and Museum Directors that responded (39 respondents or 66.1%), both roles are the most familiar with exhibition costs.

The surprises of the survey.  I was surprised by the lack of responses from Art Museums, we only received two respondents regarding Art exhibitions, that may have to do with the audience of this blog. Exhibitions were designed “In house” (52.6%), I was not aware that so many museums still have staff exhibition designers, most of the news I have been receiving has been of layoffs, I was pleased to see this high percentage of “in house” exhibition design.  It is hard to beleive that only (15.3%) of museum exhibitions are still designed in house, when I started in museums in 1980s, close to 100% of exhibitions were fabricated by museum staff.  This appears to be a trend of keeping exhibition maintenance staff and augmenting the staff with contracted exhibition fabricators.  I was surprised by the (40%) of exhibition design costs in the 25%-30% range, that is higher then expected.  I was similarly surprised by the (37.5%) of “in house” design budget in the range of 30%.

Survey Result:

The average 6000 square foot History Museum, Science Center, Children’s Museum and Traveling exhibitions are $204 per square foot with 17% spent on research, design and exhibit development.

1. Type of Exhibition ?

Natural History Museum – 0 respondents
Aquarium – 2 respondents
Science Center – 16 respondents
Corporate Museum – 1 respondents
Natural History Museum – 3 respondents
Out Door Exhibition – 0 respondents
Traveling Exhibition – 7 respondents
Visitor Center  – 0 respondents
Children’s Museum  – 10 respondents
Art Museum Exhibition – 2 respondents
History Museum – 18 respondents

2. Exhibition Square Footage ? Square footage is length times width i.e. 100′ x 40′ = 4000 square feet

4000 square feet – 2 responses
25000 square feet – 4 responses
500 square feet – 5 responses
10000 square feet – 5 responses
20000 square feet – 5 responses
1500 square feet – 6 responses
2000 square feet – 6 responses
1000 square feet – 7 responses
5000 square feet – 9 responses
3000 square feet – 10 responses

3. Price per square foot ?
Price per square foot is total cost divided by square footage, i.e. $1,000,000 ÷ 4000 sq. ft. = $200 per square foot
Please round up

$25 per square foot – 5 respondents
$50 per square foot – 5 respondents
$75 per square foot – 5 respondents
$100 per square foot – 9 respondents
$150 per square foot – 9 respondents
$200 per square foot – 2 respondents
$250 per square foot – 6 respondents
$300 per square foot – 6 respondents
$350 per square foot – 3 respondents
$400 per square foot – 2 respondents
$450 per square foot – 4 respondents
$500 per square foot – 1 respondents
$550 per square foot – 0 respondents
$600 per square foot – 2 respondents
$650 per square foot – 0 respondents
$700 per square foot – 0 respondents

4. What was your role on the project ?

Project Manager – 27 responses
Museum Director  – 12 responses
Designer  – 8 responses
Exhibit Developer  – 8 responses
Curator – 4 responses

5. Was the exhibition designed “in house” using museum personnel ? or using freelance designer(s)

Design

“In house” using Museum Staff – 30 responses
Using freelance Designer(s) – 27 responses

NOTE: (2) two respondents skipped the question

6. Was the exhibition fabricated “in house” using museum staff? or using contracted fabricators? or a mix of “in house” and contracted fabricators?

“In house” using museum staff fabricators – 9 responses
Contracted fabrication – 25 responses
A mix of “in house” and contracted fabricators – 25 responses

7. What percentage of the exhibition was spent on research, design and exhibit development?
“A $1,000,000 exhibition spent $100,000 on research, design and exhibit fabrication i.e. (100,000÷1,000,000) x 100=10%”
Round up


5% Design Costs – 10 respondents
10% Design Costs – 10 respondents
15% Design Costs – 7 respondents
20% Design Costs – 9 respondents
25% Design Costs – 10 respondents
30% Design Costs – 11 respondents

NOTE: (2) two respondents skipped the question

Science Center Costs Per Square Foot:

Science Center $100 per square foot – 1 respondent
Science Center $300 per square foot – 2 respondent
Science Center $350 per square foot – 1 respondent
Science Center $400 per square foot – 1 respondent
Science Center $600 per square foot – 1 respondent

Children’s Museum’s Costs Per Square Foot:


Children’s Museum $50 per square foot – 1 respondent
Children’s Museum $100 per square foot – 1 respondent
Children’s Museum $150 per square foot – 1 respondent
Children’s Museum $250 per square foot – 1 respondent

History Museum’s Costs Per Square Foot:


History Museum $50 per square foot – 1 respondent
History Museum $100 per square foot – 1 respondent
History Museum $150 per square foot – 1 respondent
History Museum $250 per square foot – 1 respondent
History Museum $350 per square foot – 1 respondent
History Museum $400 per square foot – 1 respondent

Was the exhibition designed “in house” using museum personnel ? or using freelance designer(s)? What percentage of the exhibition was spent on research, design and exhibit development? “A $1,000,000 exhibition spent $100,000 on research, design and exhibit fabrication i.e. (100,000÷1,000,000) x 100=10%” Percentage of Budget Spent on Design, Round up

(8) eight responses of  “in house” museum personnel on research, design and exhibit development:

5% – 2 respondents
15% – 2 respondents
20% – 1 respondents
30% – 4 respondents

(10) ten responses of freelance designer(s)? on research, design and exhibit development:

10% – 4 respondents
20% – 2 respondents
25% – 2 respondents
30% – 2 respondents


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