Greenexhibits.org was launched to provide museum exhibit designers and fabricators a resource for designing and building exhibits and environments that best support healthy spaces and a healthier future for kids and the environment.
Several leading children's museums have begun employing green practices in their operations, expansion projects, and exhibit environments. Others have adopted sustainability as a major institutional value, and have begun employing architects and builders to design green buildings that can serve as teaching tools themselves. While the field of green design is rapidly expanding with multiple new resources on sustainable building, there were no resources currently available that focused solely on nontoxic museum exhibits and environments for children.
Greenexhibits.org was funded by MetLife Foundation in partnership with the Association of Children's Museums as part of the Promising Practice Replication Award presented to Madison Children's Museum in 2004 so that Madison's sustainable design knowledge could be shared with the field. Greenexhibits.org is the culmination of 8 years of research, ecological thinking and idea gathering, which would not have been possible without the enormous generosity of ACM and MetLife Foundation, as well as our numerous mentors, teachers and colleagues along the way. The site is designed, developed, and maintained by Madison Children's Museum.