Piloting is a fun tool we use to develop exhibitions. What is piloting? It’s building and testing ideas out in a “quick and dirty” fashion. We want to know, are visitors interested in this idea? We also learn a lot by seeing how they interact with what we’ve made.
We use cardboard, duct tape, markers and other craft supplies to rapidly build our pilots for testing. Image: © Canadian Museum of Nature
Piloting is an iterative process. We observe visitors, gather feedback and tweak the pilot till we get answers to our questions. Image: © Canadian Museum of Nature
In this pilot, we’re trying out an idea that illustrates how a cougar’s tail can help with balance. Image: © Canadian Museum of Nature
Here, we want to know what kind of questions visitors have for our animal keepers. Image: © Canadian Museum of Nature
In this pilot, we were curious to see if visitors would be willing to record some personal stories about caribou. Image: © Canadian Museum of Nature
Recently, we had lots of fun developing pilots for an upcoming temporary exhibition that we’re all really excited about. Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence gave us a perfect excuse to play with light.
One of our Glow Stations as a pilot project. Image: © Canadian Museum of Nature
You can now see the results of these pilots in the numerous Glow Stations that we’ve placed around the museum. In them, you can become a “glow” graffiti artist, dress up in our glow-in-the-dark booth, and even observe real, live, bioluminescent creatures.