For over ten years you have known us as the “museum outfitters”. We outfitted all manner of clients with dioramas, murals, sculptures, and interactives to tell a story, commemorate persons and events, and celebrate both the smallest and largest elements and phenomena of nature.
Our developers, designers, artists, and woodworkers do what they do–quite simply–because they love it. What do you get when you combine that kind of enthusiasm with a challenge to meet a budget and create something worth coming to year after year? Delighted visitors, proud clients, and a confirmation we are on the right track.
We are celebrating our next ten years by refreshing our logo and website. We looked to the geode to represent that sense of discovery that we have been cultivating for the last ten years, and will continue to foster in the next ten.
The George & Eleanor McGovern Center at Dakota Wesleyan University opened to great fanfare in 2006. The center celebrates the life of the honorable liberal senator, from his humble rural roots to his legacy of leadership and hope. Split Rock Studios worked directly with George and Eleanor to tell the story as accurately as possible.
At a glance the visitors can see that this is not a typical museum exhibit. Theatrical lighting and geometric shapes fill the space, and seven video monitors with compelling and dramatic movies tell the McGovern’s story. Visitors can walk through themed environments and view collections of treasured memorabilia from the life and career of George McGovern.
In the heart of the Midwest lies the Pearl Button Capitol of the World—Muscatine, Iowa. The ready access to freshwater mussels is an important part of the story, but even more so are the vision, innovation, and hard work of its people.
Split Rock Studios designed and built exhibits for the updated museum. Interactive displays and audio-visual programs allow visitors to explore the process of creating pearl buttons. Numerous walk-through immersive environments, including a simulated factory with oral histories, tell the story of industry and the people of Muscatine.
The exhibit was an NAI Best Interior Exhibit Media award winner in 2007.
Split Rock Studios worked with the State Historical Society of North Dakota to create exciting exhibits telling the story of French nobleman Marquis de More, from his founding of the town of Medora to his duels and murder trials.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is a walk-in refrigerator boxcar, complete with fabricated slabs of beef. Low-tech interactives and artifacts help children and adults alike explore the technology and times that drove the Marquis’ business dreams.
The exhibits support the existing interpretation and furnishings at the Chateau house museum, completing a portrait of a fascinating and flawed frontier figure and the town he created.
Split Rock Studios collaborated with museum staff on new permanent exhibits for the Museum’s expansion in 2005. We created large, modular display cases and artifact platforms that harmonize with the building and provide maximum flexibility for displaying the museum’s collection. Staff can readily update the displays and interpretive graphics, and even rearrange the casework over time.
The exhibits engage visitors of all ages. In the Kids Connection area, façades of the Rough and Ready Flourmill, the Carnegie Library, and the Littleton Independent newspaper surround hands-on exhibit activities from puzzles to computer programs. A hand-painted mural depicts the early South Platte River valley, where kids can load an Indian travois and a covered wagon with soft sculpture items that Native American and settler families might have carried.