Exhibit Development

Exhibit Panel Design Basics

 September 1, 2019
 Anine Vonkeman
Author: Anine Vonkeman
Last Updated: September 2019


You have finished writing your exhibit text and have a great story to tell. One of the important next steps is designing exhibit panels that will capture your visitors’ attention and make them want to read and engage with your exhibition’s story.


This tool will help you create eye-catching exhibit panels which will add to the professional presentation and impact of your exhibits. Inside, you will learn about basic design principles, suggested fonts and layout ideas, as well as a list of recommended resources for further exploration.


The author has also made available on the BCMA Brain sample exhibit panel templates in Microsoft Word that are ready to use!

Acknowledgements and Special Thanks to Brad Brown  and Members of BCMA’s Small Museums Toolbox Working Group:

Elizabeth Hunter, Eric Holdijk, Joelle Hodgins, Kira Westby, Lindsay Foreman, Lorraine Bell, Netanja Waddell, Ron Ulrich, Wendy Smylitopoulos

Unless otherwise noted, images are supplied by the author.


The B.C. Museums Association gratefully acknowledges funding support of this project