Focusing on natural history and cultural stories throughout the park.
Exhibit design is currently underway for four sites in Big Bend National Park. Rio Grande Village Visitor Center is focused on the ecology of the river, highlighting the history of bi-national cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico. Magdalena House was named after Magdalena Silvas, a cook who lived there in the early 20th century. Exhibits will explore what life was like in this isolated area almost a century ago. Chisos Basin highlights the diversity of animals and habitats in the park. Persimmon Gap focuses on transportation in the remote areas of Big Bend National Park.
In 2007, EDX completed exhibits for the Panther Junction Visitor Center, interpreting the natural history of the mountains, river, and desert.
Helping visitors find and enjoy the scenery—and make lasting connections.
In exterior plazas and on trails, we understand the challenges of providing orientation, interpretation, and even entertainment for visitors in motion. We strive to complement the main attraction—from great ideas to beautiful views, geologic legacies to historic landscapes.
Ice Age Floods, Wenatchee
Red Brick Road Park, Bothell Trail Tales Interpretive Program, Anacortes Holmes Harbor is Home, Freeland
Discovering a place of wonder, exploration, and adventure.
Nestled into Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains, a marble cave of fantastical formations, streams, and tiny insects contrasts with an above ground realm of towering cedars and rare plants. Exhibits in the historic visitor center of this National Monument beckon visitors to don a hard-hat and explore a re-created cave featuring insects and arachnids at hundreds of times their actual size. Families discover clicking salamanders, swooping bats, and a spotted owl as they learn about the geological and ecological history of this unique place.
Rebranding a space sciences discovery center inspired by two New Hampshire heroes
New Hampshire’s well-loved space sciences center needed to rebrand itself for the 21st century. Formerly just a planetarium, the center was expanding in size and scope and wanted to revitalize its identity, plan for the future and develop an entirely new exhibit plan. EDX worked in a design-build capacity with The HB Stubbs Companies to develop an exhibit master plan, design several phases of exhibits, and rebrand the center with a new logo and identity system.
Today, visitors identify the center by its iconic exterior structure, a 92-foot tall replica of the Mercury-Redstone Rocket that carried Alan Shepard into space on May 5, 1961. Inside, exhibits inspire visitors to learn about the history of space travel, take a look inside the space shuttle and learn about the life of Christa McAuliffe, see amazing imagery of our universe, join the journey to Mars and imagine the future of space travel. “Real People, Amazing Jobs” kiosks throughout the museum introduce visitors to scientists in the field and the work they do.
One of the nation’s premier National Parks, the Grand Canyon’s South Rim attracts visitors from around the world. Exhibits at Grand Canyon Visitor Center provide many of these visitors with their first opportunity to learn about the scale, geology, plants and animals, and human history of the Grand Canyon. Visitors leave inspired, informed, and ready to experience all that the park has to offer.
The Colorado River—the lifeblood of the canyon—is the central theme of the exhibits. A terrazzo river connects a “Science on a Sphere” theater-in-the-round at one end of the building to a movie theater on the other.
The Grand Canyon’s North Rim is an experience worlds apart from the bustling South Rim village. High on this plateau at over 8,000 feet, visitors find a forested island surrounded by grassland and desert.
Exhibits at this log-frame visitor center introduce a geologic history that spans nearly two thousand million years, depict the American Indians that have lived seasonally on the canyon edge for thousands of years, and welcome the visitors of today who to travel here to experience the solitude, cool air, and wilderness.
Stepping back in geologic, ecological, and human time.
The story of Bryce Canyon begins 525 million years ago and continues today with the ever-changing ‘hoodoo’ rock formations that cover much of the park’s landscape. Exhibits show how time is preserved in the Grand Staircase—a series of cliffs, slopes, and terraces that stretch 150 miles south from Bryce Canyon to the Grand Canyon.
In the ecological and human scales of time, Bryce Canyon’s long association with Native American tribal groups, its superlative dark skies, and its ecological communities are introduced to visitors through interactive exhibit media.
Few North American sites hold a fossil record as complete as Big Bend’s—from the Age of Dinosaurs to the Age of Mammals.
EDX, with Lake Flato Architects and the Big Bend Conservancy, created the Fossil Discovery Exhibit—an off-the-grid, solar-powered interpretive center showcasing the fossils of Big Bend. The open air pavilion chronicles 100 million years of geological change.
This exhibit won a 2018 AAM Excellence in Exhibition award.
Fossil Discovery Exhibit photographs by Casey Dunn.
Bridging inside and out to highlight an amazing geological story
An essential first destination for park visitors, the visitor center tells the story of the park’s rich geological and natural history. Large-scale recreations of rock features give the experience drama and scale while providing structure for exhibit elements. Multimedia exhibits help visitors plan their trip and make a hands-on connection with park resources before they venture out.
Working in collaboration with architects VCBO, EDX began with consultation on a building that takes advantage of impressive views of rock features outside, making the interior of the space a continuation of the exterior geology.
Exhibits for the AlloSource Corporate Headquarters share true stories of organ and tissue donors and the recipients whose lives were saved or enhanced by their gifts. Graphics also provide information about AlloSource’s processes and support the staff while they give tours of the facility—to donor and recipient families, doctors, and other stakeholders.
EDX created an artistic piece around AlloSource’s mission statement to hang behind the front desk in the facility’s main entrance.