At charcs request, and my own personal interest, I present this post on museums and their lighting. I am a frequent patron of museums. Increasingly, I have seen alot more exhibits become theatrical and downright "entertainment" themed in their lighting. An example that immediatly comes to mind is the USS Monitor Center at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, VA. The first hand is experience is incredible. The lighting designer takes you on a ride from the moment you enter the exhibit. The atmosphere goes from the rolling cold ocean floor, to the heated battle, to a recreation of the interior on the ship, and then into the focused areas on the artifact exhibit. Source 4 products, strips, intels, gobo rotators, etc are everywhere. It's an impressive lighting display, but the exhibit itself was also very well done and educational. I recommend it both for its lighting and its historical information. Another example is in Detroit at the Museum of African American history. Their permamnent exhibit on the history of African Americans in America and Detroit also had very impressive lighting that contributed greatly to the feel of the timeperiods presented. From the terrifying low-light levels in the holds of the slave ship, to the recreation of 1960's Detroit, the designer mixed theatrical and architectural fixtures for what was, again, a very impressive and well done exhibit. Museum lighting has interested me for some time: it combines my two favorite things. I'm interested in knowing more. Are there books on the subject? Who are the leaders in this market? Do any schools offer programs in museum lighting? Are there companies that might do internships? It's an area of interest, and I'm curious if anyone here has had contact with it.