McNeil’s book combines a thoroughly and deeply researched history of significant exhibitions and milestones in the field with contemporary and lively text that is a pleasure to read. Cleverly organized around common design tropes, the book proves to be a comprehensive look at the history of exhibition design right up to the present-day proliferation of various cutting-edge technologies. The book will be welcomed by the field and embraced as foundational in exhibition design curriculums.

James Volkert, Museum Consultant, Exhibition Associates


This book is accessible to a broad audience and will fill many gaps in understanding exhibition and experience design.

Tricia Austin, Design Researcher and PhD supervisor, Central Saint Martins, University for the Arts London


Destined to become essential reading for anyone in the field!

Merritt Price, Former Head of Design, J. Paul Getty Museum


This book is a great addition to museum exhibition literature that deftly uses historical examples to consider current issues and interests. McNeil weaves together important examples of museum exhibition design practice (some going back hundreds of years) that help us to consider current exhibition issues, challenges, and opportunities more deeply.

Kathleen McLean, author, exhibition designer


My mind is blown by how this book intertwines the history and evolution of exhibition design with best practices, pulling from educational, entertainment, and commercial examples.

Emma Thorne-Christy, exhibition designer


Timothy J. McNeil’s publication is a long overdue compendium of all things experiential and exhibition design! Its’ nuanced methodology and broad exploration of this often-misunderstood creative discipline is celebrated through the diversity of projects he brings to life and their impact to the broader society. This book should be the number one resource for anyone looking to understand the importance of trans-disciplinary design.

Cybelle Jones, executive director, Society for Experiential Graphic Design


A gift to the museum field. This book offers new insights into aspects of exhibition design that no one else has brought to the table. The tropes brilliantly organize exhibition design thinking — both for those who do the work, as well as for those who work with exhibitions.

Professor Susan Spero, formally John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies