Awards won for Smithsonian’s David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time
Reich&Petch is delighted to announce that the Hall of Fossils – Deep Time exhibit has been recognized with two significant awards over the past year: A Special Achievement for Visual Engagement award from the American Alliance of Museums’ 32nd Annual Excellence in Exhibitions competition, along with a Smithsonian Institution Excellence in Exhibitions Award! Both awards were established to recognize and celebrate outstanding achievement in public exhibitions.
Our firm has a long, proud history of creating some of the most exceptional natural history exhibits in the most prestigious international gallery/museum contexts. Welcoming millions of people each year, the fossils in the Deep Time Hall are the most visited collections in the most visited natural history museum in the world. The Hall teems with outdoor scenes of ancient life. Models, murals, bronze casts and sculptures, interactive media, images, text and videos help visitors understand life in the ancient past. They are found all around and above visitors and intermixed with the fossil displays.
The R&P design team worked closely with the Smithsonian’s exhibition team and curators, carefully weaving the spaces and design features with a tight integration of stories that both familiarize the unknown and reveal the unexpected. The Deep Time exhibit is dense, layered, and comprehensive. State-of-the-art mounting is integrated with representational techniques to present the latest scientific research, engaging with visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
Congratulations to the exhibitions team, curators, and design team!
We encourage you to explore the exhibit yourself through the Smithsonian Institution’s Virtual Tour Tool.
For more information on Deep Time, you may also read the project description on our website: /projects/smithsonians-deep-time-hall/
Or check out this insightful media segment that speaks to the exhibition’s relevant content in consideration of recent climate change discussions: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lonnie-bunch-great-museum-exhibition-180977158/
‘This work grows the connective tissue between what visitors encounter in the museum and what they experience in their daily lives, challenging expectations and encouraging a deeper understanding of the American story.’ – Lonnie Bunch, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution