Strawbery Banke Museum

Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth Possessions Exhibit & Wayfinding Design

Chief Curator of Strawbery Banke Museum, Elizabeth Farish, challenged our firm with the task of branding and drawing attention to the expansive exhibit "Portsmouth Possesions: Objects that Shaped the City". The exhibit showcases a richly curated collection of textiles, clothes, furniture and artifacts owned and utilized by Portsmouth residents over the span of more than four centuries and is displayed in select historic homes across the museum's campus. With a limited budget and some additional donated services, Winter Holben created a comprehensive experience strategy and design that successfully showcased this special exhibit. 


"I think the contemporary design provided by Winter Holben allows our visitors to understand how the objects featured in the exhibit were also once new. Portsmouth Possessions intends to highlight the breadth of Portsmouth history, with objects from the First Period through the Twentieth century.  The exhibit design brings us into the Twenty-first."  Elizabeth Farish

A distinct brand identity and series of experiential graphics draw attention and provide navigation and information across the vast museum property.

Design features include:

  • Exhibit brand design referencing the passage of time, the currents of the Piscataqua River and the colors of the museums artifacts
  • Strategic design and placement of wayfinding panels at the visitor entry announcing the exhibit
  • Repurposing of interior space in the visitor center to create an exhibit focal point and unique exhibit space
  • Unique exterior wayfinding elements around the campus to direct to homes containing exhibit elements
  • Exhibit information plaques describing unique artifacts within the historic homes

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