“Our Common Wealth” Exhibit

Design of interactive exhibits and artifact displays for cultural history museum in Boston

Cambridge Seven Associates designed the exhibit "Our Common Wealth: The Massachusetts Experiment in Democracy, 1620 - Today" for the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum. This exhibit traces the Massachusetts experience through the colonial, revolutionary, federal, and nineteenth century reform period. It is designed around several original documents that are the foundations for freedoms found in Massachusetts, from the original 1629 Massachusetts Bay Charter to the Massachusetts Constitution. The sub-theme, “Tracing our Roots,” tells the story of four representative Massachusetts families of Native American, English, African-American and Irish heritage. Cambridge Seven's design includes state-of-the-art artifact cases for the priceless documents, hands-on displays, and interactive computer exhibits arranged in six galleries. Visitors can play an interactive game to discover whether they would have been a Patriot or a Tory, create rubbings from replicas of historic engraving plates, explore historic documents using an interactive multi-touch table designed by RLMG, and take part in a historic Town Meeting.

The Commonwealth Museum, a hidden gem

The Boston Globe

Frances J. Folsom of The Boston Globe calls The Commonwealth Museum “one of Boston’s hidden gems.” Located on the UMass Boston Campus, next to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, the Commonwealth …