As the installation nears completion, visitors stop at the new information desk to ask questions and check out some of the new exhibits.
NPS Photo by Michael Quinn
April 23, 2012
Contact: Shannan Marcak
Grand Canyon, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park recently completed installation of new interpretive and orientation exhibits at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center located near Mather Point on the South Rim. The exhibits include opportunities for interactive trip planning, a large map of the canyon that allows users to view video footage from locations around the park, and exhibits highlighting the cultural and natural history of the canyon.
According to Grand Canyon Chief of Interpretation Judy Hellmich-Bryan, "These new exhibits build on the park's new interpretive orientation film, and on improvements completed last year in the Mather Point and visitor center plaza area, to make the Grand Canyon Visitor Center an educational and inspiring first stop for visitors."
In addition to the more traditional exhibits, Grand Canyon history and river enthusiasts will enjoy seeing the Glen - an historic boat from the park's museum collection, which is part of an exhibit highlighting past efforts to preserve Grand Canyon and the Colorado River from the construction of a series of dams. For those who like things a little more high-tech, the exhibits also include a Science on a Sphere component that uses technology developed by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to project 360 degree global imagery that tells the story of the development of the canyon.
The exhibits, which cost approximately $2.2 million to design, fabricate and install, were designed by EDX of Seattle, Washington, and fabricated and installed by Color-Ad of Manassas, Virginia. The exhibits were funded through the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act which allows recreation fees collected in a park to be used to enhance the park's visitor services.
To learn more about the Grand Canyon Visitor Center's new exhibits, please contact Grand Canyon Chief of Interpretation Judy Hellmich-Bryan at 928-638-7760. A photo gallery of the installation process can be found on the park's Flickr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grand_canyon_nps/sets/72157629266129750/