Exhibits create a gathering place for the celebration of ideas and concepts. A well-designed exhibit provides tools, clues, and invitations for people to turn celebration into involvement.

When examining an existing idea such as an exhibit, a 2011 study found that people work more effectively at building on that idea when working as a group. If those collaborating together share ideas, they may be more innovative and will think of more practical ideas than when they work alone. In environments where exhibits present new ideas, people are supported in celebrating and building on the exhibited idea when there are opportunities to interact as a group.


Nicholas Kohn, Paul Paulus, and YunHee Choi. 2011. “Building on the Ideas of Others: An Examination of the Idea. Combination Process.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 554-561.