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The Emotion-Based Museum Experience

  – By Diane Lochner, Vice President   The IAAPA Expo 2019 Museum Day Session on The Emotion-Based Museum Experience was an opportunity to reflect on a design process that comes naturally to us at PGAV Destinations. Our focus is the visitor and our designs engage the visitor in interesting, surprising, and compelling ways. There are three… Continue reading.

PGAV’s Top Posts of 2019

  2019 was PGAV’s biggest blogging year yet, with new authors, new projects and programs to celebrate, and 25 posts throughout the year! We’re counting down the eight most popular posts of 2019 in this annual round-up to explore the biggest trends and headlines of our final year of the decade.   8. Inspiration Doesn’t… Continue reading.

Ice Climbing: The Ultimate Snowcation

  – By Sarah Aman, Desginer   Snowcation: [snoh-kay-shuh-n] noun A period of suspension of work, study, or other activity to visit someplace snowy.   As designers of amazing destinations, it’s only logical that we seek inspiration by visiting amazing destinations ourselves. These trips are not only fun vacations – they are also tools in… Continue reading.

Creativity Thrives in Places Full of New and Unexpected Learnings.

Make Your Workplace a Forum for Ideas. “Ideas Won’t Keep. Something Must Be Done About Them.”– Alfred North Whitehead  What can a chocolatier and a news anchor teach a bunch of creatives? As it turns out, quite a bit. Over the past year, a talented group of PGAVers established a new program called PGAV Presents. The concept… Continue reading.

The Gift of Wonder

  The holiday gift-giving season is right around the corner, and if you have children, your attic doors and basement closets have been welded shut to keep curious eyes from spoiling the surprises. Assuming you don’t possess the year-long foresight and planning prowess of a diligent elf, you’re probably scrambling to check off your naughty… Continue reading.

What is PGAV Thankful for?

  Thanksgiving is finally upon us. As we make plans to shuttle our relatives home from the airport and dig up Great Aunt Ida’s secret corn casserole recipe (how does she get it so creamy!?), we’re taking a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. While warming up for tomorrow’s Turkey Trot,… Continue reading.

The Emotion-Based Museum Experience

Visitor emotions are at play in every aspect of their museum visit. Learn how to improve exhibits using the techniques of emotional story mapping, which connect people to content in dynamic ways. Find out how to create a cohesive and memorable visit by scaffolding the visitor experience from the moment they enter to when they… Continue reading.

Navigating Challenges in Developing New Museum Experiences: Fort Ticonderoga

Beth Hill, President and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga, and Diane Lochner, Vice President at PGAV Destinations, will be discussing the transformative planning efforts at Fort Ticonderoga that started with a Strategic Master Plan in 2011. Their focus will be on one phase of the implementation plan – the Pavilion Node – and the series of… Continue reading.

Inspiration Doesn’t Come Easy

  – By Dave Cooperstein, senior creative designer and Justin Stichter, Attraction Designer / Project Manager Just as a car needs constant input of gas to go, or a city constant input of energy to light the night, a factory of creativity needs constant input of inspiration. Imagining never-before-conceived roller coasters, unique solutions to animal welfare, or… Continue reading.

PGAV’s Top Ten Hidden Gems of Fall Travel

  The cool breezes are beginning to rustle through the trees once more, carrying faint smells of cinnamon, campfire smoke, and the naturally-dried potpourri of autumn harvest. With the winds come the rustle of broad tree leaves, followed by the gentle cascade of fiery oranges, reds, and yellows. Fall has returned. With warm memories of… Continue reading.