Exhibit Designer

Plan and put up exhibits for museums, galleries, and the like.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$26,000 – $84,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Exhibit Designers do?

An Exhibit Designer builds exhibits for museums, fashion shows, galleries or trade shows. While many jobs are found in galleries or museums, Exhibit Designers might find themselves working for pretty much any industry that uses a booth or exhibit to show off their new product.

When you’re an Exhibit Designer, you start by visualizing and drawing up a floor plan. You base this plan on the space you are working in, and the goals of the company you are working for. When working in a gallery or museum you also need to consider elements such as lighting and temperature, to best care for what is usually sensitive material.

After you’ve created a rough sketch of the exhibit plan, you work with your client to ensure your vision matches theirs. Even though you’re the expert, you must make compromises that make both of you happy, meaning you can’t forget about important things like budget restrictions, construction timelines and displaying enough information.

The actually building of the exhibit happens next. At this point it becomes your job to oversee the workers. You ensure that the correct fabrics are used, that pieces being displayed are treated well, and that the exhibit is being built to your drawn plans. After the construction is finished, you do a final quality check and then help with the placement the different pieces being put on display.

Should I be an Exhibit Designer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Exhibition Designer, Museographer, Space Designer

    How to become an Exhibit Designer

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