Walt Crimm
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SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

 

With 4 million visitors annually, the NMAH is a 2 hour pilgrimage destination; our goal became rethinking how “the American Experience” could be presented. In order to foster innovation, the process first required suspension of many pre-conceived notions of ‘how’ and ‘what’ visitors would learn. A new direction emerged:  a museum of galleries literally centered around a space for sharing experiences to draw visitors from their own views towards a shared identity with common values - and audacious idea in a polarized political environment.

 
 
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What emerged was history as social learning, shared stories with different perspectives of the same truth.

 

“When we created a new plan for the west wing of the NMAH, Walt led the design process and provided the vision we needed to reimagine more than 100,000 square feet of galleries, public space and infrastructure. On this project and others we have worked on together, I am impressed with his unique combination of scholarship, creativity and technical knowledge.”

– BRENT D. GLASS, DIRECTOR EMERITUS

 
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IMAGE CREDIT: lorax [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]

 
IMAGE CREDIT: lorax [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ )]

IMAGE CREDIT: lorax [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]