Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

2009 | Washington, DC

  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Exhibit hall with historic artifacts displayed in glass vitrines Photo: Boris Feldblyum
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Detail of timeline display and memorial theater beyond Photo: Boris Feldblyum
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Display case with artifacts from the Smithsonian Institute Photo: Boris Feldblyum
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Wilson memorial Photo: Boris Feldblyum
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Photo: Boris Feldblyum

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the national memorial created by the US Congress in honor of President Wilson, hired STUDIOS to develop a “living” memorial exhibition. Adjacent to the WWICS center was an under-utilized exhibit and theater space within the ground floor of the Ronald Reagan Office Building, which was selected as the site for the new memorial.

Working closely with curators from the Smithsonian Institute and presidential historians, STUDIOS crafted an in-depth exhibition displaying significant artifacts from the former President’s life, both before and after his election. In order to comply with the stringent rules by the Smithsonian for loaning out their archives, the design required fully climate-controlled vitrines to display the artifacts and still protect them due to their fragile nature. The exhibit icon is the topcoat and hat worn by President Wilson during his inauguration, which is showcased in a large glass cylinder in the center of the space. Integration of multi-media presentations encourages visitors to engage in more in-depth understanding of the former President’s life.

STUDIOS provided full design services for this project, including traditional architectural services, exhibit design, graphic design and way finding for the exhibition.