Exhibit Fabrication: National Museum of Industrial History
No one can deny the impact of America’s industrial achievements on both the U.S. and the rest of the world. So, Art Guild is pleased to have played the role of exhibit fabricator for a museum celebrating America’s rich industrial heritage. The National Museum of Industrial History, a Smithsonian affiliate, is located in a 100-year-old, former Bethlehem Steel facility.
The museum (NMIH) was designed by our frequent partner, Metcalfe Architecture & Design. Its vision; to tell the story of America’s industrial achievements and the accomplishments of our workers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, and ultimately to inspire future generations. It does this by exploring the role of industry in America’s growth as a global power, through the stories of people, machines, and ideas.
As an interesting side note, the museum is located on what happens to be the largest private ‘brownfield’ in America – that means, according to the EPA, a property whose “redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence, or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants.” So, finding a worthy way to reuse this site safely, without an incredibly costly cleanup is a very good thing. The slide show above shows photos of the site before the installation of any exhibits and then afterwards. You should be able to tell the difference.