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Two boys at entrance of dogs exhibit
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Storykiosk in ‘Dogs: A Science Tail’ exhibit

What could be more compelling than asking visitors to tell stories of their relationships with their own dogs? When I was first approached by California Science Center about providing a Storykiosk for their traveling exhibit, I knew it would be a hit. And looking at the review server for the installation, I see hundreds of heartfelt stories confirming this…

I had the pleasure of visiting the installation a couple weeks ago at its current venue, Museum of Science, Boston. It was a school vacation week, and was it busy! Visitors flowed throughout the exhibit with a variety of engaging dog related activities. The exhibit also incorporates a Storykiosk and a separate playback station, with attractive design and project development/management by Unified Field.

StoryKiosk menu with questions

We asked visitors a variety of questions related to their four-legged friends:

  • How did you know your dog was the one for you?
  • What’s special about your relationship with your dog?
  • Tell us about a challenge you and your dog faced.
  • How has your relationship changed as your dog grows older?
  • What’s your favorite memory with your dog?
boy in front of exhibit station

My son recorded a story about our beloved Daisy, who passed away a couple years ago now. It was sweet and a little sad too, and I appreciated the moment together to reflect on our emotional connections in the context of a science museum exhibit. I look forward to watching the new stories roll in as the exhibit makes its way around the country…

(reblogged from our Techmuse Blog at parent company Brad Larson Media)

Brad has contributed to the field with presentations at AAM, ASTC, and ACM Interactivity, where he has led sessions on empathy in exhibits. He has served as a website judge for Museums and the Web and the New England Museum Association, and as a Reviewer for IMLS Leadership Grant proposals.